• From the archive: What Brings Me Down

    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.  It was originally written in response to a Diabetes Blog Week prompt a few years ago. It makes references to other posts where I’ve shared more intense periods in my struggle with mental illness. And I also talk about things that help me through the dark times.  I’m struggling right now, as May is hard for me due to a few death anniversaries that have a lot to do with my PTSD.  So, I needed this reminder. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’re likely aware that I’ve made no…

  • Loving Your Heart This Month

    Today is the first day of February and with it comes the beginning of American Heart Month.  This month we focus on raising awareness of heart disease and all of its various forms, risk factors, steps to prevent and treat the disease, etc… To kick the month off, I’d like to pose a question to you.  How will you love your heart this month? Personally, I’m going to try to exercise more this month.  My plan is to walk at least 1 mile on the treadmill each day.  That may not seem like much, but for a guy who had heart surgery in December and is working on recovery, it’s a good starting point and goal.  I may post treadmill…

  • 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!

  • 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 a hot button issue as of late.  The costs of…

  • Eight Years with a Confusing Pancreas and a Broken Heart

    Today is the 8th anniversary of my initial diagnosis with diabetes and congestive heart failure.  My, what a long and trying eight years it has been, too.  So much has happened since that fateful day. So many changes in my life, my diagnosis, and my treatments. Change is so often hard to accept.  Admittedly, this last year has been a real struggle for me as I’ve worked to come to terms with my misdiagnosis and the changing of my label from type 2 diabetes to latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, or LADA.  On one hand, the change has been positive in that I’ve gained access to different treatment options, more supplies, etc… On the other hand, though, it has had the negative effect of leaving…