• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 7 Years of Living

    Today is the 7th anniversary of my diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure.  Wow, only seven years?  It feels like so much longer.  Alas, just seven years.  Seven years of knowing, caring, surviving, and sharing. Seven years of knowing that I have a two invisible chronic illnesses for which there are no cures.  Seven years of knowing that I’m not alone in my fight.  That there are millions of others fighting the same things.  Seven years of getting to know some of the most amazing people around.  Lots of love to everyone in the Diabetes Online Community. Seven years of caring more about my well being.  Seven years of…