The “Perfect Diabetic”

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 20 years ago there was no such thing as the ‘Diabetes Online Community.’ Heck, I’m pretty sure there wasn’t even such a thing as ‘online’. Sure, I went to diabetes camp as a child, and sure there was one or two other kids at my school that had diabetes that I knew of, but we never spoke or bonded over sharing our personal experiences about living with this disease. We lived in solitude with one another. I did’t meet another person with diabetes until about two years ago when I flew to Wisconsin to participate in a charity bike ride I had signed up for on a whim. Read More »

Take The Bad With The Good

I haven’t always been one to talk about diabetes. In fact, a few years ago I would have avoided any conversation around the topic at all cost. It made me very uncomfortable and vulnerable to talk about this disease I live with everyday. Since then, I have come a long way. Now, it excites me to talk to people about diabetes. I want to educate those who don’t necessarily understand and I want to connect with as many of those who just “get it”. Read More »

Managing Stress 101

Although I’ve had type 1 diabetes for over 17 years, I feel like I am constantly learning about this disease. For example, in recent years I learned about how stress can impact your blood sugar levels, but I had never experienced this firsthand myself, or so I thought. It wasn’t until I got my Dexcom where I got to see the effects of stress on my blood sugar levels. Literally, I watched my blood sugars go up, up and up with no valid reason other than the fact that I was studying and stressed for exams. It honestly was so cool to see and was also an eye opening experience for me.Read More »

A Day in The Life

Back in my college days, I used to be a huge coffee drinker, but in the past couple of years I have made the switch to green tea – sorry Christi and Chris! I drink a green tea every morning after breakfast and then a second in the afternoon – I’m a serious creature of habit. However, once in awhile I do still like to enjoy a cup of coffee. Read More »