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  May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the elephant in the room nowadays seems to be the fact that mental health comes to into play for almost every school shooting and suicide, and so many other tragic life events. Why can’t we prevent them? During my blogging of the bionic pancreas series, back in […]

Facebook Isn’t Therapy


Therapy isn’t cheap, and I came to that realization a few months after I started going weekly. I came to enjoy the investment in my own mental health—that it is money much better spent than on a new pair of shoes. Last month I talked about my own experience going to therapy, and several comments […]

Insights from the DAWN2 Study

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In 2001, Novo Nordisk partnered with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and a panel of experts and patient advocates to study perceptions about diabetes and better understand the psychosocial aspects and how they affect diabetes management. The DAWN Study (Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes, and Needs) was the largest study of its kind, and was ground-breaking in […]

Why I Go to Therapy…


When you say something about “being in therapy,” people often associate it with recovery or mental illness. For some that is the case, but I’d like to talk about why I choose to go to therapy. As someone living with type 1 and professionally working in the field to help empower others to advocate for […]

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If I can sum up my Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference this year with two words, I’d say it was emotional and educational. What makes this conference like none other is that the focus is on the people touched with diabetes on a more personal level. It’s about improving lives with a holistic […]


Girls and women with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) are almost 2.5 times as likely to develop an eating disorder as those without diabetes(1). In order to understand why this might be, one must first understand the complexity of T1DM and the unique symptom of insulin restriction. Recently, this phenomenon has been referred to as “diabulimia” […]

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Saying no to food? Saying yes to food? Does it affect mental health? Yes. As we know, there are many intricacies to managing and successfully living with type 1 diabetes, one of which is the ever-evolving relationship with food. It is tumultuous and extremely personal. After being diagnosed, I hated food—absolutely hated it—because of what […]

Diabetes and Eating Disorders


I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was five years old. I grew up with this all-encompassing chronic illness and I barely remember my life before the click of the lancet, the beeps from my glucometer, and the hypoglycemic episodes that still, after 23 years of living with this disease, scare me. T1D […]

Flourishing with Diabetes


There were 26 women sitting in a circle the evening of Valentine’s Day. As usual, each woman introduced herself, and yet not as usual. I was leading a diabetes support group and I asked the women, by way of their introduction, to say one positive thing diabetes had given them. What would happen if I […]

Humorlog: Bolusing Laughter


My blood sugar was so high my meter said, “One person at a time, please!” My name is Brad and I have the “bad” kind of diabetes…it’s DIABETES! But since we have to label ourselves in categories I’ll tell you that I am a type 1—actually I still use the outdated term juvenile diabetes because it makes […]