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…

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…

OpenAPS In Progress Part 2

The internet sucks. I have work up to my eyeballs. BUT this feels like self-care though, which is unexpected. How long will I be able to let my Open APS function on offline mode? Over the past week, I have received the last of my supplies for the OpenAPS project, which is really freaking exciting….

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…

Why T1D is going to kill me.

I am a neuroscience student, and with that, I read A LOT of research papers. Most are neuroscience papers, but every once in a while I’ll come across a paper of interest that comes from Diabetes. I end up in a classic Pandora’s box situation where I just HAVE TO read it. While I objectively think that…