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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2009
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I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and blessed Christmas!

P.S. I did get finished with everyone’s scarves and I’m finishing up my grandmother’s lapghan today.

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My Plate D

December 16, 2009

A couple of days ago I received an email from LiveStrong (which is Lance Armstrong’s completely awesome website) that said they were adding a new feature for diabetics. It is called My D Plate and includes

  • Glucose level monitoring
  • Insulin usage tracking
  • Ability to export glucose & insulin tracking data
  • New personalized charts
  • Recipes from Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef – Coming Soon
  • Plus, all of the great features from The Daily Plate
  • OMG! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was introduced to the Live Strong website a few months ago when I “got serious” about my health. I can admit that since then I have fallen off the wagon, jumped back on, fell back off, rolled around, dusted myself off and since I”m now back on the wagon (again!) this is perfect.

    If you haven’t checked out the LiveStrong website I strongly suggest you do. There is something for everyone. If you need inspiration with a good old fashion dare, information about diseases, weight loss, or maybe you have symptoms and want to find out what they could be LiveStrong is the place to go.

    I love that I can input my water intake, food, insulin and blood sugar all in one place for FREE. Then export it all and take it to the doctor with me. This way he can better adjust my insulin since he can see what I’m eating, how much medicine I’m taking and what my blood sugars are. That gets me excited!

    Go and take a look and if you can’t use it then don’t lose it. Pass it on!

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    Shhhh my blog is sleeping

    December 14, 2009

    because I’m busy crocheting scarves for Christmas

    So far I’ve made 9 and I have 3 more to go plus a lapghan for my granny. They only take about a day to make so I should be done well before Christmas. I’ll post pictures when I’m done.

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    This time next week

    December 8, 2009

    I’ll be at my endo’s office for my 3 month check up. No big deal usually BUT I feel extra pressure this visit. My last A1c was my all time lowest 6.8 Never before seen (yeah like a circus act). All I can think about is what if it’s higher? What am I going to do?

    Then I snap back to reality and realize I need consistency more than I need a great A1c. Consistency helps the doctor and I spot trends which helps me keep my blood sugars under control.

    Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself…

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    Free Health Fair

    December 7, 2009

    I listen to the Michael Baisden show everyday and have been hearing him talk about the Free Health Fair that’s coming to Kansas City. This event is sponsored by the National Association of Free Clinics and it’s partners. Michael Baisden is coming to Kansas City on Wednesday December 9, 2010 to broadcast live from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Magic 107.3 and of course to show his support.

    My mother was listening to his show last week and heard him ask why there was only 300 people registered. Great question! It’s free and even if you don’t need it pass this information on:

    Kansas City Convention Center (Bartle Exhibit Halls A & B)
    WED. DEC. 9TH - Noon-8PM
    THU. DEC. 10TH – 10AM-6PM
    Patients- Call 1-877-249-5030 for an appointment.
    To volunteer, visit: www.freeclinics.us.

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    Guest Post: The D Team by George

    November 27, 2009

    My last BUT definitely not least guest blogger is someone who I find truly hilarious, witty and down to earth. He is the author of The B.A.D. Blog and you can follow his tweets at @Ninjabetic.

    While I haven’t met him in person he is someone who I definitely want to meet in the upcoming year. Thanks George for writing an incredible post and for being a great diabetic buddy!

    Guest Post

    The D Team

    I am a huge fan of being a team. More can get done. Each can use their own specific talents in their own specific way to get a task done. Everyone is important and plays a vital role.

     Teamwork is where it’s at.

     I look at the diabetes online community and I see this enormous team. One that supports each other in a way I would have never imagined possible. A way that truly changed my life and ultimately saved it.

     Us diabetics look into the face of diabetes everyday and battle all the ups and downs. There was a time when we felt alone going into that battle but no more. We have support that we can call on if we need help, advice, or even just an empathic ear. We always seem to be there for each other.

     But I want you to think back for a moment. Back before you found this community. Back when you did feel alone in this battle. When asking questions and advice were written down and brought up at doctors visits. Think about how awful that felt.

     Now I want you to imagine the people with diabetes right now who do not know this community and who feel completely alone. Full of sorrow and confusion and the feeling that no one on this planet can understand what they are going through. Think about them because they are out there and they need our support.

     Is this community for everyone? Well I sure don’t see why you wouldn’t want to be apart of this community but I know some people are different and this sort of thing may not be for them but my guess is, there are plenty of diabetics out there wishing they had the support we do. How can we reach out to them?

     Since I was a kid I have always heard that word of mouth is the best form of advertisement. So my challenge to you is to talk about the D-OC. Talk about the blogs you read and hopefully write! Talk about the people you follow on Twitter and how you know diabetics from around the world who are there for you when you need them. Find out who is diabetic that you know who does not know the OC and introduce them to a blog or two or even to a community like Tu Diabetes or Diabetes Daily. Get them dialed in so one less diabetic has to feel that loneliness that comes with diabetes.

     None of us should have to go it alone. We are a team.

     **I want to thank Andrea (Sticky Sweet Momma) for asking me to guest post here. It was a lot of fun and I love all you do for this community and our mission to raise awareness. You are awesome!**

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    Guest Post: Share Your Story by Brandy Barnes

    November 19, 2009

    My next guest blogger is a woman who I had the honor of volunteering with her non-profit organization in 2008. She is extremely nice and did not hesitate to say yes when I asked her to guest post. How she fit it into her jam-packed schedule I don’t know but I’m so thankful she did.

    Brandy Barnes is the Founder and Executive Director of DiabetesSisters. This organization has some really wonderful programs like the Diabetes Buddy Program, Forums and a Free reminder program. Wait did that say free? Yes it did! She will also be hosting the Weekend for Women event in May 2010 with TCOYD.

    Thank You Brandy for all that you do in the diabetes community and for being a guest on Sticky Sweet Diabetics.

    Guest Post

    With Diabetes Awareness Month upon us, I have given a lot of thought to the phrase “National Diabetes Awareness Month” and what it means to those of us living with the disease.  During November, we usually hear lots of alarming facts and statistics about diabetes.  These facts and statistics are meant to bring awareness to a disease that is not well understood by the general public.  Some view the month as a time to clear up myths and misconceptions about diabetes.  Others see the month as an opportunity to encourage those with undiagnosed diabetes to get tested.  But that’s how the general public is involved in National Diabetes Awareness Month.  What role do those of us living with diabetes play in this important month?  

    There are lots of ways to get involved in this important month, including volunteering with diabetes organizations, donating to diabetes organizations, educating yourself and others about diabetes, and being physically active during the month of November.  But, by far, the most impactful thing you can do during National Diabetes Awareness Month is to Share YOUR Diabetes Story with others. 

    Each one of us has a unique diabetes story and everyone’s story is interesting.  We all gained a lot of wisdom through our experiences.  Sharing your story with others just might prolong or even save someone’s life.  Think about it… The question I am most often asked by those who don’t have diabetes is, “How did you know you had diabetes?”  To me, this means that people are interested learning from my experiences.  Undoubtedly, part of telling your story usually involves talking about the diabetes symptoms you experienced.  Hearing about those symptoms in a story format makes them memorable to those who hear your story.  For example, my story always begins with a memory of me chugging down 64 oz. of soda during a time-out at my high school basketball game, consuming lots of chocolate milkshakes at my mother’s request due to my extreme weight loss, and noticing my blurred vision when I couldn’t read the chalk board during my Biology class. 

    Another part of telling your story also involves talking about how your life changed and how you adapted to your new life with diabetes.  This provides your listener with the “true” reality of what living with diabetes looks like and the fact that life goes on after a diabetes diagnosis.  I usually talk about how being hospitalized and emotionally retreating inward for about 24 hours to deal with this life-changing diagnosis.  I also talk about how I had to get accustomed to eating balanced meals and snacks to coincide with my insulin dose, check my blood sugar every few hours to ensure that my blood sugar level stayed within a certain range, and how I had to always carry some emergency foods in case my blood sugar dropped too low to avoid seizures.  Your story is likely similar, yet unique to you! 

    Most likely, your story also discusses how others reacted to your diagnosis.  This will give the listener an opportunity to see what appropriate and inappropriate responses to those with diabetes look like.  I usually talk about how my friends responded initially to my diagnosis with supporting words.  I also talk about some of the ill-informed responses I have received, such as “Oh, you have diabetes, that means you have to eat Big Macs all the time, right?” and some the stereotypical responses I have received such as, “You don’t look like you have diabetes.”  You probably have some similar stories and maybe even some that are humorous.

    Not only can this kind of open dialogue about our disease serve to educate those who are uneducated about it, but it can also serve as an opportunity to empower those of us who are living with diabetes.  The more you talk about your disease and become comfortable with your story, the more likely it will have an impact on someone else’s life.  So, take the opportunity this November to fine-tune YOUR Diabetes Story.  Take every opportunity to practice sharing your story with others.  It may be uncomfortable at first or it may come naturally.  Either way, you will feel a sense of relief afterward.  You will also feel pride in the fact that you did your part to open the lines of communication about diabetes and that you told your story with confidence. 

    If you are a woman with diabetes, I encourage you to share YOUR Diabetes Story with other “Sisters” who are living with diabetes at www.diabetessisters.org.  The DiabetesSisters’ Women’s Forum provides ongoing opportunities for you to talk and share ideas with other women who are living with diabetes.

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