The Truth about Diabulimia

“It’s so important to show people that people can and do recover. With eating disorders there’s a lot of pessimism with recovery and especially in the type 1 world. I talk about the need for hope for hope that’s grounded in reality,” says Ann Goebel-Fabbri, PhD and licensed pychologist.

Be Brave

I don’t know what to say to people when they ask, "How are you?" because they probably expect a one-word answer, not a monologue about medical technology, diabetes care and some serious sleep deprivation.

You Are What You Are

Making medical debris into art, turns hate into love; shots into feathers, needles into armor. Making art transforms my biggest challenge into something strong, and positive and life affirming.

The Million of Us

How did these practices of price gouging and profiting off of our daily struggle become principle in this country? How, in an age of such loud voices, did a population of over a million disenfranchised people become a boon to the billionaire Big Pharma executives without anyone really knowing about it?

This is What Type 1 Diabetes Looks Like

This is what Type 1 Diabetes looks like. Pretty normal, right? Well, what you can't see right now is someone recovering from a severe low blood sugar. The now dried sweat that, moments ago, drenched a shirt and made puddles on the floor.

Love, Yoga & Insulin

My diagnosis wasn’t the reason we divorced, but it certainly didn’t help. My husband and I lived harmoniously for well over 15 years. But then I was diagnosed with diabetes.

Kujaribu — “To Try”

I follow a number of inspiring organisations and individuals who constantly remind and prove to the world that we Type 1s are capable of living full and rich lives, but some days I need to take a step away from the positivity, and come to grips with my reality.

Needles and Other Ugly Truths about this Disease

This disease chases me wherever I run, it is there whenever I sleep, the reality of its dangers haunts me. It toys with my emotions as I worry one day my children may develop the disease. It threatens my parenting each time I need to be admitted to the hospital.

Diabetes and Discipline: My Daily Struggle

On this diabetes journey, I’ve set numerous health goals. I’ve identified my ideal A1C, and also set various weight and exercise targets. Still, there’s a visible difference between my current and desired diabetic self. When I reflect on what has stalled my health journey, I’ve realized that my lack of discipline has emerged as my biggest stumbling block. Here’s what I’ve learned.

10 Reasons I’m Grateful for Type 1

It’s easy to approach one’s diabetes with cynicism and bitterness. There are certainly reasons to. But there are also plenty of things to be grateful for, things that might feel saccharine to bother remembering, but still need to be remembered.

10 Reasons Why this T1D Family is Stronger Together

We manage it differently, administer insulin differently, eat differently, exercise differently, and lead very different lifestyles. T1D management is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We each have figured out what works for us and what doesn’t. We also are in different phases in this disease — my dad being a seasoned veteran, my brother being a rookie, and me being experienced but still in the discovery stage.

Is Someone with Type 1 Diabetes “Disabled”?

I have never been one to feel limited by monikers or labels. I am a woman, I am an athlete, I am diabetic, I am a sister, I am a friend and I am disabled. None of those terms define me, but they are an authentic representation of who I am.

When Your Non-diabetic Son Wants to be a Diabetic for Halloween

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry … literally. While discussing Halloween costumes this year my oldest son, who does not have T1D, quickly said that next year he was going to be a diabetic. To keep from tears, I laughed and said why would you want that? He thought it would be fun to wear the fake pump and a fake Dexcom and pretend to be a T1D for a day.

Introducing Type 1 in the Wild

The more I’ve traveled, the more diabetes has become something I share with strangers. When I was first diagnosed as a pre-teen and for many of the 10+ years since, I would rather talk a new friend’s ear off about anything else in the world than mention that I had diabetes because I was afraid it would make me less of the person I wanted to be.

How to Support a Spouse with Diabetes

No matter what you agree on in “the diabetes talk,” you both have to accept that your spouse is the one with diabetes, not you. If at all possible, your spouse needs to be self-reliant and able to manage his or her diabetes without your help. If you get into a pattern where your spouse is relying on you for diabetes management, you are just setting yourself up for long-term problems.