Happy 2018! Last year, I had an extensive list of goals and resolutions. I never went back and checked them so it was sort of pointless. This year I’m changing things up and instead of listing out a bunch of goals, I’m just going to focus on one thing-taking care of myself! I spent the better […]
2017 was a tough year for me. Saying goodbye to my love bug, sweet dog Scarlett, was really hard emotionally but also financially as we spent a lot of money trying to save her. I dipped into my stockpile of diabetes supplies as I didn’t have the best health insurance. And my husband and I struggled to find a good work/life balance, one drawback to having your own business. I was also sick a lot, especially towards the end of the year. We constantly felt like we were drowning but at the same time we did a LOT of fun things.
Today marks my 24th diabetes anniversary, diaversary. It doesn’t really feel all that momentous. Next year, 25, will be a big one but this year just seems like another day. I’m glad I have gone another year without any new complications. But as I’m getting older and as I have been struggling with blood sugars […]
After months of waiting, I finally received the world’s first hybrid closed loop system, the Minimed 670G system. Medtronic’s Minimed 670G system is an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor that also has technology to put you in “auto” mode where it will automatically adjust your basal insulin every 5 minutes based on your blood […]
Today is World Diabetes Day! On November 14th, 1891, Frederick Banting was born. He discovered insulin in 1921 and began treating diabetic patients in 1922, earning him the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1922. All over the globe, people are “celebrating” World Diabetes Day on his birthday.
My family and I just got back from a trip to Disney World! We went for five nights/six days and had an amazing time! The weather was absolutely perfect and we survived the plane ride with my 15 month old. We did two days at Magic Kingdom and the crowds weren’t too bad. On the second day, we had an extra magic hour because we were staying at a Disney resort and that was perfect to have the place to ourselves. We did one day at Animal Kingdom and that was a lot more crowded, thanks to the new Pandora area, which was amazing!
Five years ago on October 30, 2012, I published my first blog post. It’s crazy to think that I have been sharing my stories for the past FIVE years! I had no expectations when I started my blog. I sort of hoped that Medtronic would want to be a sponsor and send me free supplies […]
This past weekend, I attended the DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women and Diabetes Unconfrence in Alexandria, VA. If you are unfamiliar with DiabetesSisters, it is an amazing company that offers “range of education and support services to help women of all ages with all types of diabetes live healthier, fuller lives.” They have local chapters in various […]
So when Shelby from Diabetic Foodie approached me to join her to talk to our Congressman on behalf of the American Diabetes Association, I jumped at the chance. I met Shelby through our local DiabetesSisters’ group. She had previously attended ADA’s Call to Congress last March and the ADA has asked her to continue her advocating throughout the year which included meeting with our representatives during the August recess.
We met with a staffer for Congressman Brat, who represents the 7th District of Virginia. She was very welcoming and engaged. Shelby and I shared our stories about life with diabetes, representing both type 1 (myself) and type 2 (Shelby). We then proceeded to ask for certain things for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year:
July was a hard month for me. Saying goodbye to the sweetest little girl so unexpectedly really shook me. She was wagging her tail, happy and seemingly fine one minute then three days later she was gone. Even though they told me she was in critical condition, I never thought I’d be saying goodbye to […]