Battery Operated Pancreas

Just another day in the life of a diabetic…

Mantras & More

Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day.  Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day.  Is there something positive you tell yourself?  Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through?  Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost?  Maybe we’ve done that and we can help others do it too? (Thanks to Meri of Our Diabetic Life for suggesting this topic.)

What gets me through a hard diabetes day? Besides a lot of complaining? LOL But seriously, that is a good question. To be honest, I don’t think there is any one thing that gets me through a rough d day. Each day is different, each “difficult situation” is a different experience. Here are some of the “happy thoughts: that help me through a rough spot: “This, too, shall pass.” is one of my favorites. The thought that I am not alone ALWAYS helps in these situations. A nap can help (time permitting, of course) Even a good cry, once in a great while, can help. The thought that I’ve made it this far, and I am one tough cookie, helps 😉 Reaching out to a friend, who just happens to be a diabetic and talking about it, or talking about EVERYTHING BUT, helps! And of course, my dog. I don’t know why, but the comfort of animals in rough situations somehow always centers and calms me. ❤


Poetry Tuesday

This year, Diabetes Blog Week and TuDiabetes are teaming up to bring out the poet in you! Write a poem, rhyme, ballad, haiku, or any other form of poetry about diabetes. After you’ve posted it on your blog, share it on the No Sugar Added® Poetry page on TuDiabetes, and read what others have shared there as well!

Oh Lordy! I haven’t written poetry since I can’t remember when!! I know the name of this blog says “Poetry Tuesday” and I am fully aware it isn’t Tuesday, so bear with me as I play “catch up”


D is for the DOC and the amazing friends I have made, IRL and on the ‘net

I is for I HATE ketones

A is for how angry this stupid disease can make me

B is for my useless Beta Cells

E is for my amazing endo!

T is for how tired highs & lows can make me.

E is for endless testing, EVERYDAY.

s is for the support I find in others 🙂


ChAnGiNg ThE wOrLd!

“Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my Pancreas for inspiring this topic.)”

Diabetes Blog Week


Where do I even start on this one?! So much has inspired me and my passion for advocating for diabetes education and rights, I honestly don’t know where to begin! I’ll be honest, I haven’t been able to blog due to school, but I would have to say I have always been open to the idea of listening and supporting the DOC in all senses of the word: from education to test strip accuracy to support groups and now working towards my BSN so I can become a CDE. I’d say my formal connection started almost seven years ago, when I attended my first support group for diabetic women, and eventually facilitated that group for period of time. I think support and education are the two things that are my passion. Without either of these, I’d be lost. (I’m sure others would agree) Advocacy, teaching and getting the proper information to people who may not know has always been a passion. Being open and honest with my professors in school has helped a great deal as well. This past semester I had a close relationship with my nutrition professor and she asked me to look over her power points for the lecture on PWD, to see if she had everything correct and if she forgot anything. I can not tell you how good that made me fee, that a college professor wanted MY input on HER lecture. It was a pretty damn awesome feeling! I think it’s safe to say changing the world one person at a time seems to be my plan of action.

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