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The Difference Maureen Made

Yesterday, I was neither a great diabetic nor a great mom. But I suppose I should have seen that coming. It was the second day of a recital weekend for my two dancing daughters, and given that I hadn’t done such a bang-up job managing dress rehearsal madness earlier in the week, I guess backstage… Read more »

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Does a World Without Cheese Really Make Any Sense?

Ten years ago, despite my largely carnivorous brethren, I had a handful of vegetarian-ish friends. Because they still bought leather handbags and ate fish, however, I decided we could still be friends. Some pursued the diet for health reasons, but most of them were animal activists who just couldn’t stomach the idea of ingesting steak,… Read more »

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My Imperfect Morning

Typically, as I fall asleep at night, I take a snapshot of what tomorrow is supposed to look like. Last night was no different, as I ran down the list to which I intended to wake: up by 7 am, change out my insulin pump, and eat a balanced breakfast with enough protein to get… Read more »

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The Best Way to Get Over Someone…

While at a dinner with some girlfriends recently, I was lamenting the fact that my daughters had passed “resistant strep throat” back and forth for the better part of 9 weeks. It never failed…one would get healthy and go back to school, and I’d get a call from the school to go and get the… Read more »

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I’m going to bed, dammit

I did a lot of healthy things today. I started the day off with an early church service, and then a short volunteer stint for the church afterward. I knocked some errands off of my to-do list. I checked my sugars and regulated my insulin. I exercised. I had a glass of wine and a… Read more »

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A Mother’s Love

As I approach what would have been my mother’s 68th birthday this week, I’m reminded of the loss I felt growing up without her. The women in my family and of my community certainly rallied to support and raise me, and I will forever hold my personal Secret Life of Bees experience as a tremendous… Read more »

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Out of order

I wish I had made the time to blog last week, because I was full of gratitude about what I am learning through my diabetes education classes. I was optimistic and solid in the belief that despite the enormity of the daily to-do’s associated with having well-controlled diabetes – and a life – I could… Read more »

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Routine is Not a 4-letter Word

The hardest habit to break is not having good habits. Good habits are the product of a consistent, reliable routine. And a consistent, reliable routine is the best friend to every successful person I know. Let me just say right off that I don’t like the word “routine.” The very concept just sounds dull and… Read more »

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The lies we tell ourselves

10 years later, I admit it…I am a diabetic. It has taken me a solid decade to embrace this truth. And if you’re a rational person such as myself, that may at first sound a little ridiculous. But if you stop to consider something about yourself that you wish weren’t so, you’ll better understand why… Read more »

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I don’t have time to be diabetic

I’ve been threatening myself on and off for a while now that I would start this blog, but then I went and said I would – out loud, to another person – the other day, and even gave myself a start date of January 1st. So then it was out there…waiting to be accounted for.