• 5 years

    Today is the 5th anniversary of my diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure.  Wow, only five years?  It feels like so much longer.  Alas, just five years.  Five years of knowing, caring, surviving, and sharing. Five years of knowing that I have a two invisible chronic illnesses for which there are no cures.  Five years of knowing that I’m not alone in my fight.  That there are millions of others fighting the same things.  Five years of getting to know some of the most amazing people around.  Lots of love to everyone in the Diabetes Online Community. Five years of caring more about my well being.  Five years of doing everything I possibly could to beat the…

  • Help Ashley & Moyer

    On Christmas Eve, my friend Ashley learned that her beloved dog, Moyer, has stage 3 lymphatic cancer and that he has 4 weeks to live if he doesn’t receive chemo therapy.   Those treatments offer a 90% chance of saving Moyer, but at a cost of $5,500, neither Ashley or her family can afford it.  That’s where we come in. Ashley’s sister has setup a GiveForward campaign to help raise the money to pay for Moyer’s chemo treatments. If you’re able to do so, please help by making a donation.  Every little bit helps.  And if you’re not able to donate financially, that’s fine.  Give a few minutes of your time to help share the campaign via Facebook, Twitter, a blog…

  • Review: Sugar Free Journey

    So, a while back I finished reading Sugar Free Journey by Naomi Kingery and, after much delay, I’m finally able sit down at the computer and share a few thoughts about it. Sugar Free Journey is the final installment of The Sugar Free Series, which is a collection of four books focused on the emotional aspects of living with diabetes. In this book, Naomi reflects on her first decade of living with Type 1 Diabetes and shares her experiences in a fun way that most people can understand. Everyone travels.  Short trips, long trips, and somewhere in between.   And with those travels come luggage of all shapes and sizes.  Naomi likens those common experiences to the experiences that come with…

  • Ironic Inspiration

    So, today is a special Diabetes Art Day, with all creations focused on a central theme of test strip accuracy and safety.  The event is being hosted in collaboration with Strip Safely. I had been struggling with what to do for this project and, given everything I’ve been dealing with the last month, I had seriously considered not doing anything at all. Then a bit of inspiration came in the mail this morning. Most in the DOC are aware of the test strip and meter recall that Nova Biomedical announced recently, myself included. Well today, I received a certified letter from them about the recall. And in checking the meter kit they sent me a while back, I discovered that…