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Words Matter: The Language of Diabetes

The language people use to discuss and write about diabetes and the people who live with it has long been questioned. Becoming aware of and changing the language and messaging related to health is not unique to diabetes. In fact, … Continue reading

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Engagement Stories

I went through a phase where I was fascinated by couples’ engagement stories. I had several friends and family members who had especially cute or romantic ones. Now engagement has a different twist for me. It still means a connection or … Continue reading

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Health Alert

Remember cigarettes? My kids tell me no one smokes anymore (they vape, etc.). Yet, inactivity has more recently been equated with smoking in terms of the health effects. If sitting is the new smoking, then I’m a chain smoker. I sit … Continue reading

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The eXercise Factor

Exercise means different things to different people: dreaded addictive fun boring enjoyable tedious social For those of us with diabetes, exercise is an important part of managing blood glucose. It’s not easy and it’s not always consistent. Whether you ride … Continue reading

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Serving, not pleasing

“…more often than not, trying to please everyone a little is a great way to please most people not at all.” Seth Godin I’ve been told that serving is more important than pleasing, and I wholeheartedly agree. Last week I … Continue reading

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John Denver and Diabetes

Listening to John Denver while walking on the treadmill, I really heard the words to Rocky Mountain High, particularly the very first line: He was born in the summer of his 27th year; coming home to a place he’d never … Continue reading

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Autism Speaks in Person-Centered Language

Did you see 60 Minutes last night? They did a very informative segment on autism, in which they used only person-centered language. I heard only kids with autism, people with autism, kids without autism, and when someone has autism. I … Continue reading

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Help Mindy Get Her Book Published

Mindy Bartleson is sharing this guest blog today. Mindy is 24 years old and has had type 1 diabetes since she was seven. She lives in Boston, works and volunteers in diabetes and is an avid diabetes camper! Mindy started … Continue reading

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Back to school…with diabetes

Forty-two years ago I went to second grade with something new. Not a new outfit or a new backpack, but something I would wear and carry with me for life…diabetes. I was seven years old and had been diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Different Problems, Same Goal

Last Sunday at #AADE17, I had the honor to be part of a presentation on the language of diabetes. Three of us, who are authors on the upcoming joint paper on language use in diabetes care and education, presented to … Continue reading

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