• Changing my diabetes label

    “No one today is purely one thing.” ~ Edward W. Said So, back in February, I shared that I was feeling caught Between Two Fields.  I shared about the discovery that I had been misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes when what I was actually dealing with was more than likely LADA, or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults.  I also mentioned that my new endocrinologist wanted to do a few tests to get fresh data to confirm what we were suspecting.  Well, that’s happened.  And I got the results and new label during my office visit on April 21st. The new C-Peptide test and GAD65 autoantibody tests confirmed that there are both insulin resistance and autoimmune components to my diabetes.  My pancreas…

  • Throwback Thursday: Diabetes UnConference Highlights

    Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Diabetes UnConference in Las Vegas.  It was an incredible, life changing experience, and I’m thankful for having been able to go.  Due to a series of unfortunate events that have occurred since I returned from that trip, I’ve not been able to write about the experience as I had planned. Although, I guess since we all agreed to keep a lot of what happened during the UnConference sessions private, not having time to write isn’t exactly a bad thing. I do, however, have this highlights video that I put together using photos taken during the trip.  That I definitely can share.  I hope you enjoy it! My sincere thanks to Christel,…

  • Hello Endo, Goodbye Endo

    My second visit with the new endocrinologist was Tuesday afternoon.  The appointment went rather well.  My blood pressure was great.   I’ve lost 5 pounds since my last visit.  The A1c that was done in the office today read 6.8, down from 7.5 at last check.  That was a nice surprise.  Clearly, the changes that were made during my first appointment are making a difference, and I’m doing better than my mind will allow me to believe. Doc D. made on minor adjustment to my meal time insulin regimen, and really wants me to focus on dietary changes, but other than that, he was happy with the progress that I’ve made.  Hell, I told him that, in my mind, the…

  • Diabetes Social Media Burnout

    Today is Diabetes Social Media Burnout Blog Day.  And guess what? My mind is extra crispy right now. I’ve been trying to find the words for a post on how I’m feeling, but they elude me.  My dear friend, Mike Hoskins, suggested using an image instead.  Smart guy, that one.   Why the hell didn’t I think of that? So, here you go.  This is how I’m feeling today.  Like a candle that has been blown out.  The flame gone, yet embers remain that could be rekindled with some effort.  I just don’t have it in me today. Others in the DOC have approached this far more eloquently than I have, and I very much appreciate their efforts.  You can find…

  • The Ah Ha Moment

    If you’ve read my blog, or followed me on Twitter or Facebook, for any length of time, you’re probably aware that life has not been too kind to me or my family over the last few years.  And you are probably aware that as the year 2014 was ending, I was in a very dark place and I was considering ending my life.  Obviously, I didn’t.  I can’t express how thankful I am for the messages of love and support that came in from all of my DOC friends and family at that time. In mid-January, I was reading a blog post written by my friend Mari Ruddy, in which she mentioned her experience with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) stemming…