This is what most of the media would have you believe diabetes looks like:

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And that is a shame. It is an awful stereotype that many of us work hard to combat. Every. Single. Day.

I have had the honor of photographing many diabetics since my daughters diagnosis almost 4 years ago. And I’d like you to see what diabetes looks like to me.

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Last week, Miss Manners completely failed the diabetic community. She suggests that diabetics should retreat to a restroom and hide when it comes time to check blood sugar. The post is here: Miss Manners missed this one.

This has been covered at length in the diabetic community, and this is perhaps my favorite response from Scott Benner: Making People Hide Is Never The Right Answer More »

20140216-IMG_9480If you follow us on our Facebook page, you know that most every Sunday afternoon we pack up the pups and head to a rally class with other members of Canine Hope for Diabetics for their weekly hosted training session. So what exactly is rally? And what purpose does it serve?

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 There has been an offensive joke that has been flying around Facebook recently. It’s not new, it’s been around awhile, and it has taken several forms. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:
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I find this particularly offensive, and I was having a tough time processing my feelings on this. I was angry. I was hurt. I realized that my daughter will spend a lifetime dealing with things like this. And then I did what I normally do, I turned to our Facebook page and wrote about it. It was late last night when I did it, so after I posted it, I headed off to bed. What I woke up to was amazing, inspiring, and brought tears to my eyes.

1548117_754204037941164_93245368_o1239441_519688824772260_297999567_n In case you didn’t know, we have 2 amazing, diabetes sniffing, low blood sugar warning, high blood sugar alerting super dogs. A couple of days ago, I met someone while I was out and about with Raven. She was behind me in line, and asked about what service she provided. As i explained her job to her, she looked at me and said “is that all she does?”. I was taken aback for a second, and then I realized that once again, I was dealing with someone that perceives diabetes as a “not so serious, user fixable” disease. And it was one of those days that I just didn’t need the aggravation. I was buying a replacement part to fix our only toilet, and was kinda in a hurry 🙂  So here is my open letter to the “woman standing behind me at Home Depot”

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Just a few images today from a lazy Saturday afternoon.

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