20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years of Diabetes

A few days ago was my 20th diaversary! Last month I wrote a post about how I was planning on celebrating it, but as it goes, life does not stop for diabetes so that post is only half true. I still made almond flour pancakes for breakfast, they were chocolate-blueberry and with greek yogurt, YUM!…

The 2018 Connected In Motion Adventure Team

Hi all! You may remember that early this year I published this post about why you (if you are living with T1D) should apply for the 2018 CIM Adventure Team. I am here to update you on that story. I applied for the team! I got accepted to be on the team! I went on…

Intersectionality and T1D

I’m back! Sorry for it being so long, just been dealing with some serious education stuff. Today, I wanted to write about intersectionality, and specifically how I think T1D plays into it. To start, intersectionality describes how oppression can occur from a multitude of different institutions, and that the ways that they interact, or intersect means…

REVIEW: Ascensia’s New CONTOUR® NEXT ONE Meter

Gamble here, Before I dig into the logistics of the new Contour Next One blood glucose smart meter, I’d like to introduce myself and share my story living with diabetes. My name is Anissa Gamble and I grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick where I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of…

Why you should apply for the 2018 CIM Adventure Team

The past few months have been full of grad school applications, job applications, and scholarship applications, but today I submitted the most awesome application of them all. Today I applied to be on the 2018 Connected In Motion Adventure Team. This team will be hiking 56 km over 9 days in Kootenay National Park. The…

What is People-First Language?

Recently I wrote an article for my university’s newspaper. While it was specifically written for the student population there, I think that people in the T1D community can learn a lot about the power of language by questioning how we personally identify. Enjoy! PUT PEOPLE FIRST BY FOLLOWING THEIR LEAD In an effort to create…

OpenAPS Part 6

My first interaction between my endocrinologist and my OpenAPS was… interesting. I have never been excited to walk into my endocrinologist’s office. In most of the 20 years that I’ve had T1D, I have been so fortunate to have some of the most involved care teams. I owe them a lot, but that doesn’t mean…

OpenAPS Part 5

Welcome to the 5th part of the OpenAPS series! I have been using my OpenAPS for 2 months now, so here are some things that I wish I had known before starting my journey with the system: Metal case Using a metal case is not the best idea for a few reasons: The rig overheats pretty easily…

The pursuit of perfection, and the trouble with CGMs

How could I possibly write a whole post about perfection and diabetes? It doesn’t even exist! Well, I think that perfection is my number 1 diabetes landmine. For some reason or another, I will be inspired to take charge of my diabetes and will micromanage for a while. When the monster awakens and runs away…

What is OpenAPS: Part 4

Since building my OpenAPS a month and a half ago, I have received innumerable questions about what it is and how it works by people with and without T1D. For this reason, I have written an explanation for folks who are looking to learn more or share a concise explanation with their communities. The explanation…