• Remembering Judy Reich

    The Diabetes Community lost a great advocate and friend this week. Judy Reich, who faced life with diabetes with incredible dignity and grace for more than 50 years, died on Wednesday with her husband, Gary, by her side. Judy was an unabashedly proud resident of Las Vegas and had an illustrious career in the Nevada broadcasting industry. She was honored as an inductee into the Nevada Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in the year 2000. Judy was also heavily involved in local diabetes advocacy as a volunteer with the JDRF, and was a former chair of the Las Vegas chapter. I was fortunate enough to get to know Judy over the years through…

  • 9 Years

    Today marks 9 years of life with diabetes and congestive heart failure for me. It’s been a crazy journey, and the events of the last month have been a reminder of just how fortunate I am to have come this far. Cheers, folks!

  • Throwback Thursday: What Brings Me Down

    Well, it’s day 4 of Diabetes Blog Week and today we talk about mental health and diabetes.  Today’s prompt reads: Today let’s revist a prompt from 2014 – May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? (Thanks again to Scott for this 2014 topic.) If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’re likely aware that I’ve made no secret of my struggles with anxiety, depression, and…

  • I’m Not Playing The Blame Game

    Well, it’s day 3 of Diabetes Blog Week and today we talk about the blame game.  Except, I’m not really up to playing that game right now.  I mean, I could rant and rave about my misdiagnosis and how that happened and who is to blame for days.  I have.  But, I’m just not up to it.  That’s not why I’m here today. Why am I here? Why are any of us here? Well… “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” ~ Prince This thing called diabetes life. That’s why I’m here. That’s why My Diabetic Heart is here. It’s here because I…

  • The Costs of a Chronic Illness

    It’s day two of Diabetes Blog Week, and today we talk about the costs of living with a chronic illness. Today’s prompt:  The Cost of a Chronic Illness Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly.  Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage.  So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care.  Do you have advice to share?  For those outside the US, is cost a concern?  Are there other factors such as accessibility or education that cause barriers to your diabetes care? Today’s prompt is timely, as the costs of living with diabetes have been…