• Hello, Trulicity; So long, Victoza!

    So, yesterday I took my first dose of Trulicity. It’s a once a week medication, taken via injection, to help with the insulin resistance with which I struggle. This change comes due to my insurance company stopping coverage for the Victoza that I’ve used successfully for a number of years. I’ve been putting this change off for a while.  Mostly because I’m stubborn and angry about having to give up a medication that works for me because some clueless jerk at the insurance company wants to play god with my health.  And also because I had a stockpile of Victoza that I acquired from friends who no longer use it, samples from my doctor, and out of pocket purchases that…

  • Attending HealtheVoices18 next week

    I’m both excited and honored to have been selected to attend the HealtheVoices conference in Chicago April 27-29.  That’s next week! The event brings together patient advocates representing a wide range of health conditions for three days of learning, networking, and story sharing.  I was fortunate enough to attend this conference for the first time in 2017 and it was a life changing experience.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend again this year. This year, the conference is offering a Virtual Experience, which will allow those who are unable to attend in person to join in from home. I will be sharing updates here and on Twitter throughout my time at HealtheVoices. So stay tuned. Disclaimer: Janssen is covering…

  • A Makeover for My Diabetic Heart

    So, if you’ve been to this site before, you’re probably noticing some changes right now. My Diabetic Heart is undergoing a much needed makeover. The blog has been around since early 2009, and the last major overhaul took place in 2013.  So, it’s overdue for a revamp. While I liked the old design, it just wasn’t working in terms of working well across multiple devices and couldn’t accommodate some new features I want to add soon. The new design will address those issues. Admittedly, the transition is very much a work in progress.  I’m still working on flushing out some of the content blocks that were on the old layout, and will be creating a new blogroll page soon, and…

  • 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…

  • Loving Your Heart This Month

    Today is the first day of February and with it comes the beginning of American Heart Month.  This month we focus on raising awareness of heart disease and all of its various forms, risk factors, steps to prevent and treat the disease, etc… To kick the month off, I’d like to pose a question to you.  How will you love your heart this month? Personally, I’m going to try to exercise more this month.  My plan is to walk at least 1 mile on the treadmill each day.  That may not seem like much, but for a guy who had heart surgery in December and is working on recovery, it’s a good starting point and goal.  I may post treadmill…