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The 25 Most Awkward Times To Be A Type 1 Diabetic

The 25 Most Awkward Times To Be A Type 1 Diabetic

1. When people ask why you're wearing a beeper 2. When you find test strips in weird places They're EVERYWHERE 3. When you need to pee all the time 4. When you have to fit your pump into formal attire 5. (although there are ways around that) Hottttt. 6. When people share their non-analogous conditions with you Lactose intolerance is NOT the same. 7. When you can't go anywhere without a bag of supplies and snacks Your backpack looks really cool at the clubs. 9. When your pump beeps in a house of worship Or at the theater. Or in class. Or on a first date. Or basically ever. 10. When you have more needle bruises than a heroin addict And more needles. 11. When you have to eat before and after exercise Why even bother? 12. When your pump sets off the metal detector at the airport 13. And when you then get the full pat-down Every time. 14. Because you're also traveling with a full suitcase of drugs and needles 16. because they haven't counted carbs since age five 17. When you have to carry low snacks with you everywhere 18. And when your friends are jealous of them OMG I haven't had gushers in SO LONG. It must be awesome to get to eat them all the time! 19. When it looks like you're drunk 20. But when you really just have a low blood sugar 22. When people told you you were too young to need diet soda 23. When people ask you what you do with your pump during sex 24. And when you get tangled in your pump tubing during sex 25. And when you realized what a cruel joke this song was for you: Continue reading >>

Letter To A New Diabetic

Letter To A New Diabetic

Hello there, new diabetic. By now, a slew of physicians, specialists, and nurses may have buzzed through the doors of your hospital room at all hours of the morning to prick your finger, give you a shot of insulin, or force you to pee in their tiny cubicle of a bathroom. Perhaps you visited your doctor’s office the other day and tested for an abnormally high blood glucose of 275, alarming enough to warrant an immediate visit to the hospital. Or perhaps your type I diabetes went unchecked or undiscovered like mine did ten years ago; perhaps, like me, you were rushed to the emergency room half-conscious in the back of the family car, having lost 15 pounds of weight and risen to a glucose level of nearly 1500. Whatever journey you took to get here, you will now find yourself walking the same path that millions before you have walked as well. I don’t mean to scare you. I have no idea who you are, what you think about your new diagnosis, or what kind of environment you will return to after the endocrinologist on call sets you loose upon the world once again, to a life where “normalcy” is supposed to resume. But I don’t want to be dramatic. I want to be realistic, and optimistic, and helpful in any way I can in regards to your new situation. Type I diabetes isn’t a one-size-fits-all disease. It cannot be controlled at all times by the logic of science and mathematics. Every diabetic’s body responds differently to insulin, carbohydrates, exercise, stress, hormones, and emotions. Every diabetic must forge his or her own path to healthy daily management, and this requires tremendous feats of time, effort, and thought. Believe me when I tell you: it’s a lot of trial and error, even ten years later. diabetes is not just a physical or medical challenge for me, but a Continue reading >>

Spongebob Memes | Six Until Me Diabetes Blog

Spongebob Memes | Six Until Me Diabetes Blog

Psychosocial Support , Real Life Diabetes February 9, 2018 5 Comments Theres a coffee shop near where I live that I frequently work from (known as my fauxffice to my friends). Im there at least once, if not twice a week, and I bang away on my computer while drinking too much coffee and not making enough insulin. A lot of the time, I remain focused and tuned into my own stuff, not taking notice of the things going on around me. Other times, like today, I overhear snapshots from other peoples lives that are entirely delightful. Its like that episode of Spongebob. You know the one, said the guy ahead of me in line to his friend. Spongebob? What the hell is a Spongebob? said his friend, shooting a confused look towards the other guy. You dont know okay, said the first guy. You know the cartoon guy they always make a meme of? The second guy frowned. What the hell is a meme? The first guy threw his hands up. A meme? Oh man okay, a meme is when the computer people take a picture and then put big blocky typing over it? Its supposed to be funny? Some are annoying? The second guy looked confused, and then the lightbulb went on. Oh, like the thing that the guy from work was fired for sending around about the admin guy? First guy pumped his fist in victory. Yeah! Thats the Spongebob. So anyway, theres this Spongebob episode where The lady behind the counter motioned for them to come up and place their order, and they moved out of earshot. Spongebob memes. And my brain was off the rails for the rest of the afternoon, my synapses swimming in a sea of these: Continue reading >>

Diabetes Memes | Tumblr

Diabetes Memes | Tumblr

If youre so poor why dont you get a sugar daddy? umm. just came to say, dont make diabetes jokes/puns. they are rude, disrespectful, & hurtful to those who suffer from the disease every day of their life. i could really get into this but i just hope someday the world becomes aware of the hurt they cause by joking about the disease that keeps me (& many others) fighting for our lives every day. diabetes isnt funny. we didnt do this to ourselves. an organ inside us is being attacked by our own body and there is no cure and no way to stop it. we didnt ask to wake up one day and have this, but since we do (have diabetes) we wake up every morning (possibly nights too, diabetes doesnt allow for breaks) and have to make decisions that determine if we live or DIE. so please. unless you truly fully understand (which you wont unless you have it..) dont make my disease the punchline to your next joke. the world just needs more yugkook, dont even argue with me in this. really, a fuckton of dates when they have the time they dont have much privacy back at their dorms, or even on the streets, so usually when they go out (to the movies, or bowling, or just walking late at night) they use most of their time to make out on the bowling alleys bathroom, on the movies (they usually catch the most empty session so they can make out all the way through the movie), when theyre back at one of their dorms and they think nobodys paying attention, just two young adults sucking each others lips gaming bets (which usually ends with one of them pouting and pushing the other off the couch) late night texts, even though they know they have schedule early on the next day they cant help it taking pictures of each other when the other isnt looking biting each others lips when they make out they are not Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes Memes

Type 1 Diabetes Memes

In early 2012 college memes were flooding my Facebook newsfeed – photos with captions representing funny moments and day to day college life. This made me wonder, could I create memes like these about type 1 diabetes? After humming and hawing over the idea, I decided to take the plunge and created a page, Type 1 Diabetes Memes. I posted a couple meme ideas that I had, such as one about wondering if the Coke that I got at a restaurant was actually diet, or those times when you have low blood sugar and there is no good food in the house. The page was slow to take off, but before I knew it, the ‘likes’ were adding up. It wasn’t until my friend Meredith Miller, a fellow university student I’d met at a type 1 diabetes event in Ontario, joined me that the page truly grew beyond any expectation I’d ever had for it. At first, our goal for the page was to share a laugh with others who were dealing with type 1 diabetes, whether a person with diabetes, a spouse or parent. What Meredith and I didn’t realize was how significant this page was going to be, that that we were creating an online diabetes community like no other. Type 1 Diabetes Memes became the place where people could laugh and bond over their frustrations, like their pump tubing getting caught on door handles, or someone asking them if they ate too much sugar as a child. Type 1 Diabetes Memes also became a place to poke fun at a disease that can be so daunting and frustrating. After some time passed, Meredith and I started a weekly caption contest that has been our signature mark. The caption contest allows fans to post their jokes alongside a photo we’ve chosen. A winner is picked every Sunday. Fans are encouraged to post their own original memes on our Facebook wall for us to share with our followers. Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes Opens Doors For London Woman | Londoner

Type 1 Diabetes Opens Doors For London Woman | Londoner

Finding out you have Type 1 Diabetes is a life-altering experience. However, it doesn't have to be a negative one. For Kayla Brown, sharing her story has been a very rewarding experience, and one that has brought about many opportunities. "When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes I decided to take a positive spin on it," she said. "It makes you realize how fragile life is and how things can change in an instant." First diagnosed in 2009, the recent Western graduate did not stay down long. Instantly she began to blog about her experience, something which served as a therapeutic device for her and an informative source for family and friends. The blog, Kayla's Life Notes, is an example of how one young woman is able to reach out to others with Type 1 Diabetes, their friends and family members. This summer, Brown has started up the T1 Empowerment group, which provides guidance and a listening ear to teenage girls living with diabetes. The group meets Thursday evenings in Harris Park and provides a safe and comfortable outlet for young women to discuss their Type 1 Diabetes, share stories and meet others going through the same thing. There is enough to worry about as a teenage girl in late elementary or high school, Brown said, be it dating, bullying or graduation. To have to also deal with the demands of Type 1 Diabetes is an added strain at an already vulnerable age. To that end she is committed to sharing her understanding with other girls who are also affected with Type 1. "It's a safe place to talk about diabetes, build friendships and make connections," Brown said. "It takes courage to come to something where you don't know anyone, but I hope people can get to know who I am." For Brown, doing outreach and getting involved with other people who have Type 1 Diabetes i Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes Didnt Stop Jordan Morris

Type 1 Diabetes Didnt Stop Jordan Morris

Type 1 diabetes didnt stop Jordan Morris There are a lot of barriers standing between the average youth soccer player and a career as a professional. Theres competition, fitness, skills, bad coaching. Jordan Morris had one more barrier to deal with. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was nine. You dont see a ton of professional soccer players with diabetes, Morris tells Sounder at Heart. My dad recently told me he didnt even think Id be able to play soccer in college. Having Type 1 diabetes means that Morris pancreas doesnt produce insulin. After eating, sugar and other nutrients enter the blood stream, and insulin helps the body absorb that sugar and turn it into energy. Morris wears an insulin pump, a cell phone-sized device that gives him a steady stream of insulin throughout the day, and more whenever he eats. Zach Galifianakis surrounded by math in the Hangover A lot of being a diabetic is trying to keep the amount of sugar in the blood within a specific range. That requires constantly paying attention to insulin, exercise, and food intake. It can feel a bit like living in that gif of Zach Galifianakis enshrouded in a swirling cloud of calculations. Insulin lowers blood sugars. With some exceptions, exercise also lowers them and food has the opposite effect. Even for diabetics with the best control, the disease is a major health issue. Low blood sugars can make a diabetic feel lightheaded or blur their vision. Serious low blood sugars, although rare, can cause loss of consciousness. On the other hand, high blood sugars can mean headaches or nausea and, if left untreated, can lead to comas. When I was newly diagnosed, it was scary, Morris says. It was tough. There were a lot of questions going through my mind. Morris profusely credits his parents (his da Continue reading >>

Patient Voices Winner Kayla Brown Climbs High On Diabetes Advocacy, Innovation And Memes

Patient Voices Winner Kayla Brown Climbs High On Diabetes Advocacy, Innovation And Memes

Welcome to the 4th in our series of interviews with the 2016 Patient Voices Scholarship Winners -- 10 advocates selected to join us on scholarship for this year's DiabetesMine Innovation Summit in San Francisco in a couple of months. Please greet twenty-something Kayla Brown, whom we introduced last year as a champion for teen girls with diabetes. She was diagnosed seven years ago, and many may recognize her from her blog Kayla's Life Notes and as the force behind Type 1 Diabetes Memes, that bring laughs with clever sayings and visuals (as you can see from her July 4th edition). Kayla happens to be our only PV winner who's a native of Canada, and she's made incredible advocacy strides in just under a decade. With that, let's get right to it, eh...?! A Chat with Diabetes Advocate Kayla Brown DM) Welcome back, Kayla! For starters, can you remind us all of your diabetes story? KB) I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in March 2009 at the age of 18. When I was first diagnosed I assumed that I had the same type of diabetes as my grandparents, which meant to me: checking glucose every now and then, and taking a pill with dinner. Little did I know that I would have to treat my diabetes much differently -- it was going to be a 24/7 job. However, I kept positive; even the doctor asked me why I was smiling in the emergency room, I wasn't sure why, but I believe that my positivity has kept me successful in managing my diabetes and making the most out of my situation. The only other person in my family who had type 1 diabetes was my Uncle, who sadly passed away from unrelated circumstances. He was great support for me when I was first diagnosed, showing me how to carb count and take insulin. Being diagnosed at the age when you're just becoming independent must have been especially Continue reading >>

Ask An Expert: Breastfeeding And Type 1 Diabetes

Ask An Expert: Breastfeeding And Type 1 Diabetes

Fan Question: I am a type 1 diabetic and EBF my 2-mo-old DD. Before and during pregnancy I had tight control of my blood sugar but now one minute my sugar is high and the next its low. Is high sugar bad for the baby? Should I not be breastfeeding at all? I want to do whats best. NANCY MOHRBACHER, IBCLC: As you know, type 1 diabetics dont produce the hormone insulin, so they need daily insulin replacement to prevent their blood sugar from becoming dangerously high. Your blood sugar level doesnt affect the amount of sugar in your milk. In fact, breastfeeding is the best thing you can do, because EBF reduces your babys risk of developing type 1 diabetes. As far as youre concerned, breastfeeding increases insulin sensitivity, which is a plus. Most moms need less insulin while theyre breastfeeding. It may help to keep your blood sugar stable if you have a protein-and-carb snack each time you feed your DD, as blood sugar often dips about an hour later. When its time to wean, doing it as gradually as possible may help make maintaining blood-sugar control easier. Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA is a board-certified lactation consultant in the Chicago area who has been helping breastfeeding families since 1982. Her books for professionals are used worldwide. Her books for parents include Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers , which she co-authored with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, and her tiny problem-solving guide, Breastfeeding Solutions In 2013, Nancy released her Breastfeeding Solutions smartphone app (available for Android and iPhones) to give mothers a quick, go-everywhere source of breastfeeding help. Nancy speaks at events around the world. Continue reading >>

Fact Check: Finnish Researchers Set To Start Type 1 Diabetes Vaccine Trials?

Fact Check: Finnish Researchers Set To Start Type 1 Diabetes Vaccine Trials?

Finnish Researchers Set to Start Type 1 Diabetes Vaccine Trials? Scientists at Finnish universities are targeting a strand of viruses linked to Type 1 diabetes, and human trials for a vaccine will begin in 2018. In July 2017, it was announced that Finnish researchers would begin human trials of a Type 1 diabetes vaccine in 2018. On 19 July 2017, the Finnish news web site Yle reported that a group of Finnish researchers had developed a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes, and that human trials were set to begin in 2018: A vaccine for type 1 diabetes developed by Finnish researchers will be tested on mainly Finnish human subjects in late 2018, researchers announced on Tuesday.The scientists first found that the prototype works effectively and safely on mice, and now saythat the vaccine could be in mainstream use within eight years if the coming rounds of tests prove successful. One skeptical reader asked us to check out the story. Yle is Finlands public broadcasting corporation (akin to NPR or the BBC). T he names of the lead researchers and their universities are real, the announcement of vaccine trials is real, and the story is true. On 18 July 2017, the University of Tampere in Finland announced that Professor of Virology Heikki Hyty and his team of researchers had identified a particular strand of enteroviruses (viruses transmitted through the intestines) linked to Type 1 diabetes, and developed a vaccine against them. Already now it is known that the vaccine is effective and safe on mice, Hyty said. The developing process has now taken a significant leap forward as the next phase is to study the vaccine in humans. In the first clinical phase, the vaccine will be studied in a small group of adults to ensure the safety of the vaccine. In the second phase, the vaccine will be Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes Memes

Type 1 Diabetes Memes

Who says diabetes awareness must be spread with a straight face? Share a meme from our guest bloggers to give those in your T1D circle a laugh or a reminder to go blue in November! Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Continue reading >>

 25+ Best Memes About Type-1 Diabetes, Ass, Bad, And Memes | Type-1 Diabetes, Ass, Bad, And Memes

25+ Best Memes About Type-1 Diabetes, Ass, Bad, And Memes | Type-1 Diabetes, Ass, Bad, And Memes

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Daily Thoughts Of A Person With Diabetes - The Diabetic Journey

Daily Thoughts Of A Person With Diabetes - The Diabetic Journey

My day to day life revolves around diabetes . As much as I like to tell myself that it doesnt control my life, to a certain extent it does. I forget sometimes how often I think about my diabetes, from the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep its on my mind. Here are some of my daily thoughts with diabetes: Just waking up I check my blood sugar, its 163. Okay, how much insulin do I need to inject to bring it down slightly and to be able to eat breakfast? Do I have enough insulin? How long until I run out? Am I due for a refill soon? How much will my insulin cost when I go to pick it up? Will I be able to afford this? My CGM (continuous glucose monitor) is beeping a low alarm. How low is it? What should I eat or drink? How much should I eat or drink to bring it back up to a safe number? I want to go out to lunch this afternoon. How many test strips should I bring? Do I have enough insulin in my insulin pump or should I change it prior? What if my blood sugar drops too low or goes high? Do I have enough snacks? Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. Im eating dinner. How will this meal affect my blood sugar? Did I bolus? Will the insulin I gave myself prior be sufficient enough? What if I miscalculated? Will I need to correct? Im out of the house. My blood is low and Im not feeling well. Do I tell everyone around me? Where can I sit down and take care of my diabetes? Why are people staring at me? My blood sugar is high . Why is it high? I did everything that I normally do but my blood sugar wont come down. Why do I feel so sick? Should I test my ketones? Should I go to the ER? Could it be DKA ? Why is diabetes so frustrating? Just put a new insulin pump site on. Is it on correctly? Why is my blood sugar rising? Could the cannula be bent? Should I take it off and put on a new Continue reading >>

This Week On Twitter: 10 Funniest Diabetes Tweets

This Week On Twitter: 10 Funniest Diabetes Tweets

This week on Twitter: 10 funniest diabetes tweets Diabetes is not a disease to be treated lightly. Its a serious disease which is why finding the humor in it can be such a stress reliever. We all know that insulin is the best medicine, not laughter, but sometimes its a close second.On days when nothing goes right, sometimes all you can do is throw up your hands and laugh . Fortunately the diabetes online community on Twitter is always ready to brighten up any PWDs day with their take on the funny side of diabetes. Here are the funniest diabetes tweets weve found this week: So jealy of all these mice that have been cured of T1D #doc Sarah Robinson (@SMRob0) August 23, 2016 2) We love our significant others and support people! That moment you husband ask Low or High? and you respond No, I am in range and he says No. Fan speed. #doc #MakesSenseIfYouHaveD Type1 Diabetes Memes (@t1diabetesmemes) August 22, 2016 4) PWDs also deserve a degree in advanced tinkering I just MacGyvered my glucose meter and opened my garage door with it. #diabetes DiabetesHeroSquad (@DiabetesHeroes) August 24, 2016 5) If youre tired of blaming George Bush or Barack Obama for everything, theres alwaysblood sugar Blood Sugar The worlds greatest scapegoat. Diabetes Diabetes Secret (@DiabetesSecret) August 24, 2016 Be nice to diabetics. We deal with enough pricks already! #Diabetes Diabetes Secret (@DiabetesSecret) August 24, 2016 The price of insulin has tripled. Gives a whole new and literal meaning to cost of living. #diabetes Continue reading >>

Meme-ing My Way Through Type 1 Diabetes

Meme-ing My Way Through Type 1 Diabetes

I knew something wasn’t right, deep down in my gut I just knew. Why was I grumpy all the time? Why did I feel like my brain was constantly in a complete fog? Why did my body seem to want to completely shut down every day after my 3 p.m. cafe mocha? I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 20 years old, in the summer after my first year of University. After I talked to my family doctor about my weird symptoms, he sent me for a few blood tests to check my iron. High fasting blood sugars lead to a glucose tolerance test, which showed that my beta cells absolutely sucked at producing insulin. When I got the call from my doctor to come to his office right away, I knew what he was going to say, “Meredith, you’ve got the beetus.” What does that mean? What do I eat? What do I do? I had no idea. All I knew about Type 1 diabetes was from what I had learned from watching my older sister. My half-sister Julie was diagnosed at 7 years old. I came into the world six years later, when she was in her early teens. I was much younger than her, and we didn’t always live in the same house. Still, I remember all of the bad lows she had, the middle of the night ambulance calls and the seizures. This put a pretty serious imprint into my brain: “Type 1 diabetes is terrible, it controls you and your loved ones around you.” Julie really struggled, and it was safe to say that Type 1 diabetes put an overbearingly negative cloud on her life. Tragically, my sister Julie passed away at 22 years old, when I was 9. So, when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I was both devastated and absolutely terrified. All I could picture while my doctor was giving me the news were those bad lows my sister had. All I could think about was how scary those moments were for her, and for my family member Continue reading >>

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