Finding Your Artwork in Your Blood Work

Paint By Numbers

Remember doing those paint-by-number sheets when you were a kid? It seemed magical when a confusing canvas of intersecting lines and random numbers transformed into a circus elephant or something equally amazing. I remember the joy I experienced when I produced my first masterpiece and the new found love I had for being an “artist.” Continue reading

Diabetic Retinopathy Is Officially On The Radar

Eye Exam

Since my diagnosis date 31 years ago, I’ve had this little dark cloud that follows me.  Most days I forget it’s there or meditate to leave it behind, but it recently returned.  In a recent post, Does Diabetes Limit Your Career Path, I mention a message we received from a lovely woman suffering from diabetic retinopathy (DR).  Her message really hit home.

Three days after writing Does Diabetes Limit Your Career Path, Ryan and I had our eyes tested by Dr. Jacob T. Smith, of Classic Vision.  We had a lengthy discussion and reviewed a few images of DR and other diabetes related complications found in the eye.  Post discussion, I jump in the hot seat and images were taken of both of my eyes.  Ryan grabbed his camera to film Dr. Smith’s comments, which started with something like, “Would you like me to sugar coat the situation?

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Tuesday Topic: Bret Michaels on Having the Strength to Battle a Lifelong Disease

Bret Michaels

I’m not going to lie, I was never really a Poison fan when all of my friends were plastering their bedroom walls with posters of Bret Michaels and fellow bandmates.  I may not understand his style of music, but I can relate to his positive attitude about living with Type 1 diabetes.  In this Oprah LifeClass clip, he hits the nail on the head with choosing to get busy living or get busy dying.  Attitude is everything and some days are better than others.

In a previous post, Backlash of a Constant Adrenaline Low Blood Sugar, I share my recent discovery of how adrenaline and cortisol can make your blood sugar your worst enemy.  I can’t imagine what Bret has gone through as a Rock Star Continue reading