• The Other Half of Diabetes

    If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’re likely aware that I’ve made no secret of my struggles with anxiety, depression, and PTSD.  I’ve shared some pretty dark stuff on those topics over the last couple of years.  When I wrote the Confessions of a Broken Man at the end of 2014, I was in such a bad place mentally that I was ready to end it.  Obviously, I didn’t, but the possibility was real.  A few months after that I shared about The Ah Ha Moment I had that led to my diagnosis with PTSD and that I was working to get back on the wagon.  I’ve had success with that.  Though I’m still struggling with some…

  • To Get Through This Diabetes Life

    “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” ~ Prince This thing called diabetes life. That’s why I’m here.  That’s why My Diabetic Heart is here.  It’s here because I was diagnosed with what was long thought to be type 2 diabetes, and also with congestive heart failure, at age 24. I started writing here as a way to document what I was going through with the scary, life changing diagnoses that had been dropped in my lap.  Writing helped me then and still does when I’m able to find the time and get the words I want to say out of my head. As I continued sharing my story through the blog and…

  • 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…