Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Educating & Advocating

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When I was first diagnosed, I never envisioned that one day I would be able to describe myself as a passionate diabetes advocate. It didn't occur to me that diabetes might be something that would eventually become a larger part of my life, rather than remain just a medical-related set of routines and protocols to follow. When I was a teenager, diabetes was something I didn't want to THINK about, never mind talk about unless I absolutely had to. So it came as a great surprise when life led me down a road of self-discovery, education, and an interest in spreading awareness.

Functional Medicine, Food, and the Changes I've Made

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A few months ago, I switched my primary care to a physician at a functional medicine practice. Functional medicine may seem ambiguous, but it is defined as a biology-based medicinal approach that implements holistic treatments while focusing on the root cause of disease. I have wanted to find a functional medicine doctor, or in my case a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy), for quite some time now, believing that it would be the next step to further optimize my health and wellbeing.

Life as a Type 1 Traveler

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Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some really great places around the country. It’s funny to think that the first time I ever took a flight on a commercial airplane was only three years ago. Now I’ve been to several places on my bucket list! Since beginning to travel more, I’ve been to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and a few other really amazing places – including North Carolina twice.

Pregnancy, Menopause, and the Future Ahead

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When you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness like Type 1 diabetes, it doesn’t take long for you to start thinking about your future. You may start to wonder and worry about the days, weeks, months, and even years ahead. But, like the rest of the human race, it’s impossible to really know what the future has in store for us. Life is unpredictable and can often change swiftly and without warning.

Energy & Empowerment

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Every aspect of our physical reality is made up of vibrational energy – including the thoughts within our heads. Sometimes I wonder how many people actually realize this. What happens in your mind is so much more than simple ideas, emotions, and images. There is a life and a power to all that goes on within.

Matters of the Heart

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There’s so much more to living with diabetes than meets the eye. Sure, it’s easy to get wrapped up in dealing with how much time it takes to test, carb count, and calculate insulin doses. Our mind often notices how difficult the physical symptoms of a low, or high, can be, but how often do we truly turn inward and think about how having diabetes really makes us feel?

New Year, New Opportunities

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As trite as it may seem, New Years really is a great time to reflect on the previous year. As we begin to set intentions for the twelve months to come, we can think back on how much we’ve changed and about the growth that’s yet to come. It’s the time of year when the holidays finally end and life begins to settle back into the familiar routines we’re used to.

Navigating the Holidays with T1D

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Now that the holidays are almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to untangle yourself from the tinsel and reflect on your plan for diabetes management during these fun, festive and occasionally stressful times.

My vision is to rest, relax, enjoy family and friends, and eat sensibly. My glucose will likely be within target range at any given time. OK, ok, now that I’ve stopped laughing…let’s talk about the reality of the holidays for those of us with Type 1 Diabetes!

Navigating holiday food markets with diabetes

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The Christmas holiday season is finally here! This is probably my favorite time of year. An excuse to eat, drink and be merry. But with access to so much more wonderful foods in the form of Christmas parties, Christmas dinners, Christmas markets, how do we manage all these new carbohydrates with diabetes!? I always say practice makes perfect.

Thriving with Diabetes

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Thriving with diabetes? There was a time when I thought that was an oxymoron. I know better now!

Diabetes is a 24/7 challenge. Often a nuisance, sometimes scary, and always a force to be reckoned, the diagnosis can be overwhelming and the learning curve steep. That being said, today's medical advances and technology, as well as the many resources for healthy living with diabetes, enable us to maneuver the diabetes high wire with skill and grace. The other factor is you. Yes, YOU! Your attitude, outlook, and motivation are key parts of the equation.