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People Helping People

Today is World Diabetes Day. It’s the anniversary of Fred Banting’s birthday. It’s Tuesday. Today we wear blue, display blue circles, and talk about diabetes – funding, research, new technologies, new devices, new treatments, a cure.   Last week I … Continue reading

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National Commission on Diabetes

Did you see that Trump signed a bill to establish a “national commission of health care experts” on diabetes? I’m actually very excited about this! And what better time to do it than during National Diabetes Educator Week? My hope … Continue reading

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Official Candy Taster

I once owned a t-shirt that said “Official Candy Taster.” I loved that t-shirt, and every October I wonder what happened to it. The other day the parents of a child with diabetes asked me for suggestions on how to deal … Continue reading

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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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