A voice for living well with Type 1 Diabetes

Recent Posts

26 Years together!

26 years ago today Kendra and I tied the knot in St. Louis.  I am so grateful for our love and relationship.  I am honored to be married to her, her kindness and generosity, patience (especially with me) and difference she makes with our family and others. Honey,...

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Acceptance. That’s the other word that I believe describes how to live well with type 1 Wikipedia says acceptance is a person’s assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to...

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... is the one (of two) words that describe (what I believe) are essential to living well with type 1.  Let's take a closer look at the meaning of resilience. It's an adjective - used to describe a person place or thing. And that person it's describing ... is us. As...

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Sick day … oh those blood sugar levels!

Came home from work on Friday not feeling well. Went out to dinner with Kendra, Connor and the Groovers.  I wasn't hungry, split a reuben with Connor and barely ate my half.  Came home and didn't feel right. Blood sugar was 255 - and I don't do 255!  Bolused to get it...

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Changing It Up

Grounding Yoga & Meditation:  Morning stretch; silent breath and body Mindfulness:  burgers on grill for company pot luck luncheon (great temps!) Gratitude:  conversations with coworkers during pot luck luncheon (first after pandemic) July 2, 2021 Daily Changing...

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Best Practices #2: Friends & Family (The Support)

Living life with diabetes has been better when family was close.  This includes the first fifteen years of my diabetes when I lived at home before graduating from high school.  By today’s standards, those years of managing diabetes were primitive (one shot a day, no...

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Gratitude #5: Jennifer

My one sibling, Jennifer, is two years younger than me and was 18 months old when I was diagnosed.  Growing up, we were a tight family and did things together.  So it’s fair to say that she also lived with my diabetes. This included observing my morning insulin...

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Best Practice #1: Exercise

Along my 50+ years of living life with diabetes, I’ve made some good and bad decisions.   Please keep in mind that these are what worked for me … your diabetes may be different.  I’m sharing these in hopes that they get you thinking. Here’s one of the best practices...

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Gratitude #4: Insulin

In 1920-1921, a Toronto laboratory dog’s pancreas was removed; a hormone from the displaced organ was isolated and then injected back into the dog.  The results were amazing … the symptoms of the dog’s diabetes went away within days of injections.  This hormone was...

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Gratitude #3: Dr. Jack Burr

My diagnosis was similar to most. I had been sluggish for weeks, lost weight and was making frequent visits to the bathroom. My Mother called our family pediatric practice. A young, recent medical school graduate had become part of the practice. His name was Jack...

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About Reed

1st Insulin Prescription Label
50 yr. Joslin Medal

This Is Not Medical Advice

This site shares my learning & observations over 50 years of living with type 1 diabetes. At the top of that list is that diabetes is unique and requires a relationship between a patient and medical professional to develop a personalized treatment plan. One size does not fit all and nothing on this site should be construed as medical advice!