Why I Choose To Celebrate My Dia-Versary 32 Years Later

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January 28th, 1984 I checked into Children’s Hospital after my pediatrician cried expressing her worst fear – I had type 1 diabetes. I shared my diagnosis day in this POST I wrote in the first few months of DiabetesDailyGrind. I wept as I recalled the days events that changed my life. SO many emotions surfaced – sadness, anger, fear and all things doom and gloom. 32 years later I choose to celebrate. Diabetes has been a large contributor to building my character and I have a magnificent life. There’s NO room for doom and gloom (wow – that kind of rhymed)! Continue reading

High Blood Sugar Contagion, Searching The Past For Wisdom, and Enforcing Accountability for 2015’s Resolutions | Amber and Ryan | Real Life Diabetes Podcast 14

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Well, 2016 is officially here and the DDG crew has survived yet another eventful holiday season. With another year under our belts with all things that diabetes entails (using 4 total lancets, troubleshooting 129 high blood sugars for unknown causes, and Instagramming sunsets with insulin pumps in the foreground), we want to reflect on what all transpired in 2015 – lessons learned (some multiple times), blood sugar mysteries solved, and new adventures that sparked enlightenment. Continue reading

Freeing Exercise From The Diabetes Chokehold: The 5 Fundamentals

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Oh yeah, it introduces uncertainty to our internal diabetes algorithm. But, so does coffee and most of us have found ways to incorporate that habit into our lives.

Last weekend, I enjoyed giving a presentation, The Sports Performance Guide To Diabetes, at OKC’s JDRF TypeOneNation Summit. During the talk I outlined the fundamentals that allow us to manage the uncertainty introduced by exercise, and harness the massive benefits of movement (will be outlined below). In today’s post, my thoughts are combined with what I learned from discussions with parents and other PWD. Continue reading

Are Lancets Decorative? (Amber’s Nephew Demands T1D Answers)

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My nephew Greg (aka Grandpa Henry) is headed back to Cali after a lengthy visit to Oklahoma. This trip was a bit different than years past because he’s old enough to ask questions – Real Questions. He no longer holds back pointing out bald people in the grocery store or asking awkward questions about a person’s physique at inappropriate times. During this particular visit, it was clear he needed answers. Why was I pricking my finger? Does it hurt? Why do I give shots? This short video documents one of MANY conversations I had with him and made me think – how do you discuss diabetes with a child?


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Finding My Flow Through One Trigonometry Function

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“Just remember – life is like a sine graph”, my mother always touted, long before I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (at the “adult” age of 18). Growing up with a dad who was a math professor ensured that I knew from a very early age what the sine function was. It goes up, and then down. And then back up. She always said it to make me feel better – after losing a tennis match, getting a lousy grade on an exam or fighting with my high school boyfriend. “Head up Maria – remember – life is like a sine graph.” Continue reading

The Clock’s Struck Five in the OKC Diabetes Community

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The DiabetesDailyGrind.com wants to share an hour of good times with fellow people with diabetes, their loved ones and parents of T1D children. We won’t be sharing research or promises of a cure, just celebrating together as we all live the real life.

This inaugural event will also celebrate DDG co-founder, Amber’s 32nd Diaversary!!!! Continue reading

How To Sync Diabetes Up To Your Life (A More Sophisticated Delayed Gratification Story)

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I’ve always believed that I can do anything with diabetes. This idea of freedom is one of the primary reasons we started the site. For sanity’s sake, it’s good for me to venture the great unknowns, test the boundaries, and find new possibilities for my life with the disease.

Yet… as the saying goes, there’s a time and a place for everything. And maybe, just maybe, there’s more freedom in understanding of our own limitations first. To demonstrate what I’m getting at (this just recently came to conscious awareness in my own life), let’s examine a few of my daily choices: Continue reading

So, It’s Another Lasagna… But It’s Low-Carb… With A Helluva Lot Of Eggplant

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I love to cook and was over the moon my nephew (Greg/GP Henry) was in town to help. Everyone loves lasagna, but this dish is stacked with calories and carbs. After quite a bit of research, I found a recipe worth tweaking a bit which substituted eggplant for pasta. Let’s do this!

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The Diabetes Tech Balance, Beer and Coffee Experimentation, and The DOC Evolution | Mike Hoskins from DiabetesMine.com | Real Life Diabetes Podcast 13

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We love this guy! Mike Hoskins, in our mind, is one of the bonafide leaders of the diabetes online community and was the perfect guest to launch the show into 2016. His perspectives over at DiabetesMine.com have always caught our eye, especially his honest takes on real life. Most recently, he published some high quality, scientific method driven (okay, it’s not perfect research) on the effect of varying beers on his blood sugar. We delved into the state of the DOC and his takes on Medtronic’s new Enlite system. As always, we kept it casual and laughed a lot.

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What Journaling Forced Me To Realize About Lows

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IT’S 9:45PM, fine, closer to 11PM (friends will point out that 11 is still an early bedtime, but I don’t care because I love mornings more than everything, including Netflix) and I start jotting down thoughts. Whatever comes up. Sometimes insightful, sometimes forgettable, but nonetheless I enjoy the ritual.

Periodically, an entry will start off with, “Man, today was pretty smooth until…”, “Things ended up turning out alright today after…”, or “What would today have been like if…” Each of those sentences usually end in one of the varying manifestations of a low blood sugar: strange conversations, funky moods, bad workouts, or disrupted flows. When a low BG introduces turbulence to my day, it receives deference in the writing. Why? Probably because low blood sugars tend to trigger strong emotions–hypos aren’t known for producing stable mood states. Continue reading