• Monday Motivation: Good, Better, Best

    When I was in junior high school I had a metal shop teacher who would often recite this quote.  Doug Bierman was his name.  He made it a requirement that each of his students memorize and would randomly call on you in the middle of class and insist that you recite it.  More than 20 years later, I still remember those words by heart.  They are words to live by. Mr. Bierman was one hell of a teacher, coach, and friend.  He passed away in 2015 after a long illness.  He left quite a legacy, and I’m thankful to have been a part of it. Have a great week, and remember that A Little Heart Can Do Big Things!

  • Wednesday Wisdom: I AM

    Recently, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across this image that a friend had posted.  It was posted with challenge to write statements about oneself.  The post reminded me of an “I AM” statement that I wrote back in 2006, during a time when I was really struggling.  A time before I was diagnosed with Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. So, I went searching through the archives to find the words to share again.  Some 12 years later, they are still quite relevant and applicable.  They are a much needed reminder to myself now, as I find myself struggling once again. So, who am I? I am a strong, confident, caring, loving, and passionate man. I have…

  • Trulicity: A Few Observations

    So, I’ve been using the Trulicity for 4 weeks now, and have a few observations. First, my numbers are much improved overall. Fasting and post-meal are better. No major spikes. Second, it has wrecked my appetite. I don’t feel hungry much, and I’m not able to eat a whole lot when I do. There’s a bit of nausea, and I have noticed more heartburn flareups as well, but that’s the extent of the GI side effects that I’ve experienced so far. Third, I’m not using nearly as much insulin as I had been before starting this. I’ve cut my Lantus in half, and since I’m not eating as much, I’m not having to use as much Humalog. And I’ve stopped…

  • 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 our interactions in the Diabetes Online Community.  We bonded over…

  • 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!