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Happy Diaversary!
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On Sunday, April 10th, I celebrated my 1-year Diaversary at 30 years young. Almost all Type Ones remember the exact date that they were diagnosed, unless maybe you were too small to comprehend what was going on. If that’s the case, your parents probably know… Should Type One Diaversaries be celebrated? The disease itself is definitely not something to celebrate, BUT looking back at how...

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Hello, It’s Me. Amy’s Dexcom.
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Due to last Monday being a nationally recognized holiday celebrating Martin Luther King, I received the day off from work and spent the day with whom else? My momma! Together, we did a lot of our favorite things which included a lot of eating, going to the Nordstrom Rack, and taking an (extra-long) nap. Does that sound like a great day off or what?...

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Nighttime Lows
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As all Type 1 Diabetics know, there’s no way to manage healthy glucose levels 100% of the time. We all battle the occasional high or low, and correct ourselves when fall outside of the 70 – 140 blood sugar range. Last night, I woke up at 2 am with low blood sugar. I didn’t even test myself; I’m guessing I was between 45 -50....

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Rob Kardashian Diagnosed With Diabetes
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Understanding Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes Last Tuesday, my Facebook feed flooded with news that Rob Kardashian was diagnosed with Diabetes and admitted to the hospital. Initially, I thought there was a slight chance that it was Type 1 Diabetes – being that he was in the hospital. I read on to discovered that he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which makes...

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The Holidays: The Struggle Is Real.
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Well, I have to admit it: I never thought that my primary New Year’s resolution would stem around healthy glucose levels. This year, that’s my main focus – and it will probably be for the rest of my life. For Type 1 Diabetics, the Holiday struggle is real. There are so many desserts and carbohydrates centered around work parties, Christmas dinners, and other celebrations...

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The Pursuit of 100
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The Most Excellent, Yet Elusive Number In grammar school, we are encouraged to strive for perfection. Our papers were often graded with A, B, or C marks and depending on your performance, you may also earn a “+” or “-” symbol with these grades. The basis of these grades are often measured against a 100-point scale with a A+ being the prestigious mark of...

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A Half of Year with T1D
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Well, mid-October marks my 6-month anniversary living with Type 1 Diabetes. Life has changed dramatically for me, but in many ways, I’m still my same old self! Two weeks ago, I had a new A1C test done, which was 5.6! HARD WORK DOES PAY OFF. Since my T1D diagnosis in April with a glucose level at 500+, my constant finger pricks and insulin shots have resulted...

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Remember November
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It’s officially National Diabetes Awareness Month and for obvious reasons, November holds a very special place in my heart.  As I have been getting more involved with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, I have been more exposed to the battles that children and their families face with managing this ongoing and serious battle. This post is dedicated to them. I think the misperception of Type...

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How Low Can You Gooo
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Low Blood Sugar and Cleaning out the Refrigerator Last night was rough. I over-corrected my 170 blood sugar after dinner and ended up at 40 at 11 pm. Which led me to my happy place with shaky hands and sweaty palms: the refrigerator. However, I was well-behaved at this point. I ate a handful of grapes and went back to bed. Feeling worse (i.e....

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OMG. CMG!
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This past week has been extra memorable for me. I finally took the initiative and got a Continuous Glucose Monitor (“CGM”) and I am in L-O-V-E. After conversing with my Endocrinologist, I opted for the Dexcom4, which has been anything but amazing. I am completely obsessed to see how I am trending all day, every day. This continuous glucose monitor has been be SO...

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Time Flies… 5 Months with Type 1
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Well, I have been slacking on keeping up with my blog lately. And not because I don’t have anything to write about – I come up with Diabetes thoughts all the time! Like when I was at Marshall’s the other day and they asked me at check-out if I wanted to donate to help Juvenile Diabetes and JDRF? Heck, yeah! They had me at...

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Chocolate, Just For Fun.
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The other night, I caught my beautiful wife grabbing some chocolate out of the refrigerator. I asked if she was feeling okay and she said, yes, “I just wanted some chocolate.” Her nonchalant and genuine response warmed my heart and put a big smile on my face. As a spouse of someone with Type 1 Diabetes, I’m used to my loved one politely passing...

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New Technology for a Promising Future
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About my First Type 1 Diabetes Research Study About a month ago, I participated in a paid Type 1 Diabetes Research Study to give my opinion about new technology that’s in development. I signed a NDA agreement, so unfortunately, I can’t go into details about this technology – what it is, what it does, who is making it – but the study itself was...

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Did you SEE my A1C?!
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My First A1C Test On Bolus & Basal Insulin A couple of weeks ago, I had my first 3-month A1C check-up with my Endocrinologist since being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 29 years old. In April 2015, my A1C average was 11%, which meant that my blood sugar levels were averaging 270. Hello cloudy vision, extreme thirst, sugar cravings, and weight loss!...

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#FlashbackFriday: Over 6 Years Ago…
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July will always be an important month for me. On Monday, July 6th 2015, I celebrated my 6-year diaversary (AKA diabetic anniversary!). “Celebrated” is a strong word too; an evening workout class, Haggen’s salad-sampler, and some Monday night Bachelorette is my perfect kind of celebration these days. ; ) For my first few diaversaries, I treated myself to something special like a new Michael...

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Parties & Alcohol
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Avoiding High Sugar Levels When Celebrating Good Times    Over the last few weeks, I’ve struggled mentally with my blood sugar levels. I don’t like readings above 150, so when I surpass that number, I tend to beat myself up emotionally. It usually stems from eating at a restaurant or at a party, which is bound to happen. You can’t take away some of...

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Dexcom’s New Continuous Glucose Monitor: G4 Plantinum System w/ Share
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At the start of this year, the FDA approved Dexcom’s latest model of its continuous glucose monitor, the Dexcom G4® Plantinum System with Share™.  A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is a device that uses a glucose sensor or tiny electrode to measure the body’s glucose levels. A CGM takes multiple readings of the body’s glucose reading through the hour, which helps type 1 diabetes patients regulate their glucose levels...

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Traveling with Type 1 Diabetes
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This past weekend was my first real vacation traveling with Type 1 Diabetes, and I discovered that it required more planning than my former, pancreas-working life. When you’re eating away from home, you don’t know exactly what’s in your food. I mean, you have a pretty good idea of the ingredients, but compared to actually making the food yourself, you’re not as precise on...

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Frozen Insulin & Many Tears.
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Frozen – The Movie Diabetic’s Nightmare   Last Thursday started out like any other day: I headed to the gym after work, picked up some of my prescriptions at my local pharmacy, and then stopped by Golden Spoon to get my boyfriend a tasty treat. Ok, I confess – I wanted a few bites too ; ) When I got home, I rushed to...

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Happy 2 Months!
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I promise I won’t do this every month; however, today is my 2-month anniversary from being officially diagnosed as Type 1! {Does that deserve an exclamation point? Am I excited about it? Well, no – but I need some positive vibes about this new life circumstance.} To be quite honest, I feel like I’ve had this disease a lot longer than 2 months. It’s become...

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