• 10 Years of Living

    Today is the 10th anniversary of my initial diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. My goodness, what a rollercoaster ride it has been.  Many things have changed since that day in late December 2008. My diabetes diagnosis chief among them.  I actually live with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) or Type 1.5. Wow, ten years. Ten years of knowing, caring, surviving, and sharing. Ten years of knowing that I have two invisible chronic illnesses for which there are no cures. Ten years of knowing that I’m not alone in my fight.  That there are millions of others fighting the same things. Ten years of getting to know some of the most amazing people around.  Lots of love to everyone…

  • A Belated Happy Holidays from My Diabetic Heart

    It’s been quiet around the old blog this month as I’ve taken time off to regroup after diabetes awareness month in November.  I’ve also been busy with new doctor visits and holiday shenanigans with family. While Christmas is now over, I wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours the very best of the holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year. I also wanted to share some photos from the holiday shenanigans that have taken place over the last week or so.  This year, I was Santa and traveled to Louisville, KY to deliver gifts to my family. Mom and Santa Nana and Santa Santa and Buddy Santa with Jack Skellington Whitney and Santa Santa with…

  • A Gastric Emptying Study and an Answer

    Last Thursday, October 11, I spent the better part of the day at the hospital for a gastric emptying study.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been dealing with some GI issues for a while now, without much luck in getting answers about what’s going on.  This test was the next step in the process of figuring out the problem with my guts. My arrival time for the test that morning was 7:30 a.m., which was a real challenge considering that I work nights and my sleep schedule is weird.  Unfortunately, a combination of anxiety and insomnia, as well as GI symptoms, led to my having no sleep before going to the hospital. So, I was feeling pretty…

  • 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!