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Can We Get Rid of This Period Already?

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The last “update” I did on how I was doing with everything was in the fall for events that happened in August. For the most part things calmed down and went well for a few months. but I still didn’t trust my body. I haven’t really wanted to talk about things not working well too much. I’m tired of talking about it, and in my mind… maybe if I don’t admit it outloud, everything’s okay, right?

Well- everything was fine until the end of November. Continuous birth control was working. I wasn’t having a period at all. Now I have “goals.” I know what’s like not to be miserable when I don’t have a period. I felt better. My blood sugars were stabilizing. The pain was minimal. I felt stronger. I was sleeping better. I could go on with how I felt those first few months. Superficially? My skin was clearing up and hair growth all over my body was slowing down. Seriously, I could keep going. Yet, I still didn’t trust my body. Sometimes, I wonder if I ever will?

Chin up, Buttercup! (Keeping those resolutions)

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The holidays are over and it’s a bright new year. I’m sure that just like everyone else - certainly like me - you have some resolutions for this new year. Some of my biggest resolutions this year include spending more time outdoors, being more active, and doing more of what makes me happy. Seems simple...right? Well, it should be. But then there’s my constant companion, diabetes. It is the one thing that adds complication to pretty much everything. (Even as I sat trying to write this blog post, my Dexcom CGM started giving me that dreaded “low glucose alert”.)

Surviving the Holidays

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Happy Holidays, Diabetes Sisters! This is my last blog post for a while, as I'm feeling the need to tuck into my personal relationships and honor my work/life balance. While I won't be contributing regularly, fingers crossed I'll pop back in from time to time and join in on the conversation. 

It's almost Christmas, and here in Montana the snow is piling up and I'm rolling from one holiday party to the next. We still have 2 more weeks of festivities to go, so I'm holding tight and getting out my eating pants. 

Holiday Inspired Wishes

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With Thanksgiving just past and Christmas and New Year’s around the corner, this is a time of year for reflection. I’ve been thinking lately not only about what I am thankful for, but also what I wish for, and how that has changed over time. Recently I was discussing diabetes and other health related challenges with someone, and I found myself saying that I would trade my left arm to be rid of diabetes. Never mind that I am right handed, this still seemed like a huge sacrifice. Of course, this is not possible, but still, I kind of surprised myself when I said it out loud.

Giving Thanks

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In Montana, November means that the open-toed sandals are a firmly poor decision, blanket scarves are the best way to transition from bedtime to meeting time, and light snowfall in the morning is expected. As the weather dips cooler, the spirit of this month nudges us closer to ourselves and each other.

Halloween

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Today is Halloween, a holiday which I have always enjoyed, both as a kid and as an adult. It’s funny, even now, as a person living with diabetes, I love it.  It’s one food-centric holiday (candy-centric even!) that diabetes has not impacted in a negative way.
 

To Share or Not to Share

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A few months ago my life changed for the better when I joined the ranks of people living with diabetes who use a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).  For years I heard people say it was life changing and they couldn’t imagine living without it once they got one.  I am now one of those people.  My CGM makes such

Self-Love in a Self-Managed Disease

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Diabetes makes me mad. SO mad. I want to punch the wall because my blood sugar has been sky-high for over 6 hours and there is adrenaline running through my veins and I am going to explode.

Diabetes also makes me sad. Crying 5 minutes into a run because of a low, depressed because I am never going to shake this disease from my shoulders, bummed because I can never give myself the right amount of insulin for the perfect amount of food. Then there’s the angry-sad, where you spill hot tears until your eyes run dry. The ugly crying that is for no one’s eyes but your own.

Now We're Getting Somewhere- with Endometriosis too

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A few days after my endocrinologist appointment, I went off to volunteer at diabetes camp back in GA. My period was still in full swing. While I was at camp, it “stopped” for two days, but it came back full force after that.
During camp, I confided in some of my close friends about everything going on. That’s when it hit me. My period had been going on for 6 weeks at this point. 6 weeks of bleeding. 6 weeks of low iron. 6 weeks of not running. 6 weeks of crazy blood sugars. 6 weeks of emotions going haywire. 6 weeks of all of the fun stuff associated with my period- cramping, mood swings, acne, hunger, inability to sleep, exhaustion, etc.