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…

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…

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!…

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…

Diabetes Awareness Month, 2017

Also known as November to some, Diabetes awareness month has proven to be one of my most active, ever. I had a few goals going into the month, the most significant of which was to: Talk about diabetes every day to at least 1 person and not feel guilty about it I successfully completed this goal…

WDD 2017: Dear friends I haven’t made yet

Happy Diabetes Awareness Day! Every year I reflect on another journey around the sun with my trusty T1D and share them on Facebook, but given that this blog exists, I have another platform! Here are links to my past reflections: 2016, 2015. Without further ado, here we go! Dear friends I haven’t made yet, There…

OpenAPS In Progress Part 3

What will you make? – the tagline on every piece of the Edison Just a pancreas, no big deal. I really did not think I would be writing a part 3 to this series so soon, but big things have happened! To recap: I decided to start an OpenAPS project, it took forever for the…

Anything but a retreat from diabetes

Connected in Motion is an organization that runs community-based events for people living with T1D that focus on taking diabetes out of the clinic and as they say, breathe fresh air into diabetes education. Sounds like a dream right? I thought so too, so in July I travelled to the middle of Vancouver Island, BC…