How do you Advocate?

Inquiring minds would like to know! (yeah it’s just mine again!)

What sort of ways to you work to advocate for what you believe? Whether it be diabetes, cancer, healthcare, politically, animal cruelty, whatever you believe in. I think it is very important to advocate for something you believe strongly in. Your voice does help! So get out there and let people know how you feel!

I am very interested to know what you all believe in!

So please tell me:

How do you Advocate?

4 November 2011 ·

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

2 November 2011 ·

A Candy-less Halloween


I can’t believe that it is already October 31st! Tomorrow marks the first day of National Diabetes Awareness Month, and on November 14th all us Diabetes folk will be celebrating World Diabetes Day! Very exciting month over here at humaBLOG! So I hope you stay tuned for some great Diabetes awareness topics this month!

But today however is October 31st, or otherwise known as Halloween over on this side of the pond. While I have not been part of the trick-or-treating festivities for quite a few years, I still love this holiday, and I always have.

While growing up I used to love this holiday because I got to dress up in my super cool costume and go door to door to show it off as well as at parties. What other holiday lets you dress up as anything you want to be and parade yourself around the school?

As a diabetic child on Halloween many people used to believe that the holiday made me sad. “Aw Rachel, Sorry you can’t have any candy. You must be sad.” On the contrary obviously non diabetes educated adult/peer, not only do I get to have candy on marvelous holiday, but I get gifts as well! 

Yes I said gifts and candy! Many times while trick-or-treating or even at parties adults would try to “make me feel better” by getting me sugar free candy and small gifts instead of what the rest of the kids got. While I don’t care much for sugar free candy I did think it was awesome to get gifts.

I know some kids may have felt offended or saddened not to get what everyone else has but I thought it was cool! “Check it out guys! While all of your candy is gone by the end of the night I will still have this coloring book! So ha!” 

Believe it or not candy doesn’t make or break Halloween. I have had many years of candy-less Halloween celebrations. Now as an adult ( it still feels weird to say that ) I am not as big of a fan of candy as I once was when I was limited to it. But even then I (with the help of my family of course) stayed healthy throughout the Halloween season. Which goes to show,

You don’t need candy to have fun!


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31 October 2011 ·

Siblings & Diabetes

Sometimes it’s cool having a sister with diabetes. I know I always have at least one person who knows what a low feels like anyway. Actually pretty recently my little sister and I both had a low at the same time.

One late night last week I had just finished some homework and was sitting on the couch with my little sister watching some TV. When we both had a jolt of energy and began thinking everything, I mean E V E R Y T H I N G was funny. That’s when our mom decided that maybe we should both check our blood sugars. (good call mom!)

Well these were the results:

I was the 38 mg/dl while my sister Em was the 52. Yep we were both low alright and that was why everything was so hilarious.

Sometimes its nice to have someone who understands what a low feels like and how its almost indescribable how funny everything and everyone is when you are low. This is why I love spending time with diabetics, they just get it!

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28 October 2011 ·

Hiding my Diabetes Update

So it’s time for me to check in and tell about my journey in my own goals related to diabetes. I’ve made a promise to myself that I will no longer be hiding my diabetes, in fact I will be advocating more than ever.

I promised myself a little while ago that I would not be hiding my diabetes from others any more. But that doesn’t mean that its going to be the first thing I want people to think about me either. By this I mean, when I meet a new person I am not going to throw myself out there and say something like “Hi I’m Rachel, I’ve been diabetic for 12+ years. What is your name?”. Unless of course the situation allows.

Really my biggest problem has been hiding when I test and bolus or give insulin. I tend to hide away from everyone when I need to do something with my pump. I keep asking myself why. I know it definitely goes back to grade school when that lunch attendant told me that I couldn’t test at the lunch table. Or when I had friends who would sit at lunch with me and tell me how gross it is for me to test before they ate.

But you know what? I don’t really care anymore what others have to say about it. I have to do this. You can be as squeamish as you want but in the end I still have to do it. I have no choice!

So now it comes to the pump. Why am I so afraid to bolus in the open? I guess that sometimes I am just not in the mood to educate others on what I am doing. I need to change this mind set. So that is my next goal. When I need to bolus or deliver insulin, I am going to do it in the open. Let everyone see that I am indeed “not texting” or “playing a new video game” like they all think I am. I’m giving the medicine that I need to live, that is all.

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26 October 2011 ·

Getting Back on Track

I had my semi-annual visit to the Endocrinologist last week and the following are my results:


My A1c has dropped from 8.6 to 7.5! "Wow, you’ve definitely improved" that’s what the nurse, my parents, and friends have told me. I believe them, I’ve worked so hard to get to this point. I feel like my life has really hit a high note for sure.

If someone would have told me about today when I was a senior in high school I would have believed them but I wouldn’t have known how I did it. If I would have known about my accomplishments that I have today when I was nine years old and mistreating my diabetes. With a A1c of 12.0 I had a different look at life with diabetes. I am proud to say that my A1c has been sliding downward from that point and I am almost to my goal.

I lost 5 pounds! I didn’t expect that to happen. 5 pounds in a couple of weeks. I have been thinking healthier. I’ve been exercising, eating smart, and feeling great. But 5 pounds feels really good I do have to say!

I’m addicted to this feeling healthy. I love feeling great! I don’t want to lose this. I want to keep this healthy mind set. I am making a promise to myself right now that I will take care of my body and of course my diabetes. I will work hard everyday in the hopes of preparing my body for someday having a child of my own. I want to be a happy healthy person for the rest of my life. I’ve made this choice and I plan to keep to it.

Wish Me Luck!

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25 October 2011 ·

My Low Box Rocks

It’s three a.m. I’ve been up for hours coughing, sniffling, and staring at my wall as I try and talk myself into sleeping. Eventually I give up on sleeping for the night and turn on a movie instead, and calculate how many more hours I have until I need to get up for school.

My legs were feeling weird but inner Rachel told me it was probably the cough medicine I’m taking plus the lack of sleep. I’m intently watching a movie (Toy Story 3, yeah I love Pixar what of it?) Finally I can’t take it any longer and I sit up and test my blood sugar in the light of the TV only. 35 mg/dl, “Lovely”. I reach down under my bed and pull out my newly beloved “Low Box” and search for a snack to treat my low.

In my low box I put a lot of cereal bar type snacks along with some juicy juice (that has been since all consumed), and brownie. I decide on a rice crispy treat, and push the box back under the bed. I took my first bite and suddenly remembered why I had been eating soup the last couple of days. I worked on swallowing the snack and headed down one flight of stairs to the kitchen to get a soft carb snack. Grabbed some apple sauce and a juice and headed back to bed.

By the time I got to my bed I felt my blood sugar dropping so i gulped down the juice and ate the apple sauce and waited fifteen minutes until I checked again. Yep I dropped. I went for the brownie from the low box and that seemed to do the trick.

My point of this post is to say that a low box in the bedroom is a really great idea (a thank ya), but if you are sick and have a sore throat. Think about bringing some juice or Gatorade to bed with you just in case. That’s what I’ll be doing for the rest of this sickness anyway.

Stay well!

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19 October 2011 ·

My Hectic Week

Well last week was definitely been a crazy one. I guess we’ll start at the beginning. Well two weeks ago my little sister had an upper respiratory infection. So of course last week I got my lovely little sisters germs. So this last week I have been so sick. One thing that really sucks about being sick now that I am in college is that sometimes I have to go to school even if I feel so horrible (diabetes related included). But it’s even worse when I stay home from school. I missed one class last week to go to the doctor to get medicine, and I had much homework this weekend. It was crazy. 

Speaking of crazy let’s go back to last week when I was going to the doctor. When I was headed to school afterward I got pulled over. Yeah, that was spectacular. I’ve only been pulled over twice in the 5 years I have been driving but it is never that fun. Now I didn’t get ticketed or any of that but I was late for school and I missed my first class.

Okay enough of the whining, when I got home from school that day I had something awesome waiting for me in my mailbox. I walked up to my house and instinctively reached into the mailbox to find a nice large envelope with my name printed on it. I ripped it open to find that this envelope held my acceptance packet to my transfer university. I was so excited I read through the whole thing twice. However the excitement of the packet was softened only a little when I discovered how much work I have yet to do.

See I was accepted to the school, and the college of art and communications. Now I just need to be accepted into the graphic design sequence. Which means that I need to send in my portfolio. I also have to petition to graduate from my current college and get my next semester of classes ready. I have quite a bit of time still but I just feel overwhelmed by it all, and I just can’t wait.

I cant believe this is finally happening. It feels like I’ve been waiting and working so hard. When I graduated from highs hook it seemed so far away, and I had no idea where I was going or what I was doing. I am so happy that I found my passion and that I found my school. I am going on a great journey now and I’m ready for my next step in the journey. I can’t wait!

Well that’s been my week. I’m so sorry, but I really needed a break last week from blogging and what not. But I’m back! Diabetes related blogs will be back this week!

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17 October 2011 ·

It’s Been A Crazy Week
I have had a seriously crazy week this week! I can’t believe it! All including but not limited to all of my Midterms, getting an Upper Respiratory Infection (thanks sis!), and getting accepted to my university of choice!
It’s been one of those weeks that my diabetes has been sitting passenger to everything else that has been happening. I feel like I’ve really been ignoring it this week and it’s not something that feels good, and to top it all off I haven’t been up to sitting down and blogging. But next week is a new week!
Hang in there with me and next week will be awesome.
I am ready are you?
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It’s Been A Crazy Week

I have had a seriously crazy week this week! I can’t believe it! All including but not limited to all of my Midterms, getting an Upper Respiratory Infection (thanks sis!), and getting accepted to my university of choice!

It’s been one of those weeks that my diabetes has been sitting passenger to everything else that has been happening. I feel like I’ve really been ignoring it this week and it’s not something that feels good, and to top it all off I haven’t been up to sitting down and blogging. But next week is a new week!

Hang in there with me and next week will be awesome.

I am ready are you?

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14 October 2011 ·

About Me

A really cool blog, by a really cool girl, telling really cool stories about a not so cool disease called Type 1 Diabetes.