• #MakeDiabetesVisible Day 1

    A couple of the numbers are a bit high due to my being misdiagnosed and not starting on injectable medications for a few years. But you get the idea. Diabetes Sucks. Dexcom Graph of the last 24 hours.   Current situation

  • #MakeDiabetesVisible Photo Challenge 2018

    So, last year I was inspired to create a photo challenge for Diabetes Awareness Month.  The inspiration came from the various 7-day photo challenges that are popular on social media these days.  The difference being that this challenge would run the full month of November and it would focus on living with diabetes.  And so, the #MakeDiabetesVisible Photo Challenge was born. The response was greater than I could have imagined, with hundreds of people with diabetes sharing their stories through images across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, etc… And folks have continued to use the hashtag in the year that has passed since it was created. Since the initiative was so well received, I thought we’d do it again.  I also…

  • 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…

  • What’s wrong with my gut?

    For the better part of this year, I’ve been dealing with some recurring GI issues.  I’ve seen a couple of doctors and have had some tests, none of which have provided any answers to this point. I have a history of GI problems; Acid reflux, ulcers, a hiatal hernia, etc…, but these have been ruled out as the cause the symptoms I’ve been experiencing as of late. I’ve done my research and, based on the symptoms, I’m suspecting the problem is gastroparesis. During a visit with my Endocrinologist last week, he brought up the subject.  He remembered that I had been having GI problems when I saw him in January and wanted to know if things were any better.  I…

  • WEGO Health Awards Finalist

    I’m incredibly honored to announce that I’ve been selected as one of five Finalists in the Best Kept Secret category of the 2018 WEGO Health Awards.  This year, over 4,000 nominations were submitted across the 16 categories.  To be among the 80 finalists is humbling. My sincere thanks to all who submitted a nomination and endorsement on my behalf.  Congratulations and best wishes to all of the finalists. Remember friends, A Little Heart Can Do Big Things!