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Low blood sugar reactions happen. They range from pleasant surprises (hey, I can eat that ice cream!) to downright scary. The most frightening one I’ve ever had by far happened in college just days before starting a study abroad program in England. Usually it takes one, maybe two, misjudged factors for me to have a […]

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  I haven’t exercised for about 6 months. This is partly due to laziness, but I do have a good excuse as well: My leg became misaligned, probably due to hip muscle weakness, and so I’ve been going to physical therapy. My sadistic and slightly evil therapist made me an extensive blacklist of types of […]

Diabetic Alert Dogs

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As we all know, diabetes likes to keep us on our toes. Most of the time it’s just an annoyance, but we are all potentially one slight miscalculation away from disaster. Blood sugar checks and CGMs can be a great help, but even the most accurate technology out there right now can have enough of […]

Adventures as a lab rat

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When I was eight years old, I signed up for a medical research study at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. As the youngest participant, this lab rat wore pigtails. “If I can help someone not get diabetes I want to do it, ” I said to my mother after the letter came in the […]

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Medically necessity or not, filling a suitcase with shiny, pointy diabetes things makes me uneasy long before I step into an airport. You see, as a person with type 1 diabetes, I carry some serious baggage. And I’m not just talking about the mental burdens all diabetics face with our injections and carb calculations. I’m […]

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What I eat depends a lot on who’s eating with me. I’ve always been aware that I have trouble controlling what I eat, especially when others around me are eating food that I like but try to stay away from. I’m living in an apartment with four other rising seniors this summer. We’re all working […]

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Diabetes is a hidden disease. I don’t have a forehead tattoo that says, “I HAVE DIABETES!” Though, I have seen body art in the shape of an insulin pump. Google it. It’s not that I’m intentionally hiding my condition; it’s just that there aren’t many physical cues when you’re trying hard to remain in good […]

Zero Sugar

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Gmail really creeps me out. I feel like I’m being watched. Let me give you a few examples. Here’s what pops up when my mom signs her emails with “Kiss” or “Love you” : LOL, OMG – do you text? Texting pocket guide for everyone Over 1200 acronyms, Love & Fun + Romantic honeymoon In beautiful […]

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Spell check autocorrects them. People on the street don’t always understand them. Many of the words related to diabetes are a far cry from everyday English.     To the newly diagnosed, it takes time to get up to speed. Though I’ve been type 1 for three decades, I occasionally need a dictionary when talking […]

Survivor

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Is anyone else watching this season of Survivor? I’d never watched it before until one fatal afternoon when I decided to see what’s so special about all of these reality TV shows that causes people to watch them religiously. (More about that fatal, life-changing afternoon in another post).               […]