20130728-20130728-IMG_1349Let me start off by saying “we are not perfect”. Neither are you. We try hard, and we work at it. Every day. The objective is NEVER to be perfect. It is to be a little bit better than yesterday. More »

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20131208-IMG_2521If you decide that a diabetic alert dog is the right thing for you or your family, you need to make that decision knowing that you already have good diabetes management, (I didn’t say control) you already are making diabetes a priority, and you already understand the basics of this disease. That is the only way this will ever work, and it is the only way these dogs will ever have a chance to be successful. More »

1097942_796944757000425_1646531716_nI posted this picture yesterday on both my personal and the Guardian Angel for Stella Facebook pages. All this week at my children’s school has been a book fair, and each day they have done a little different promotion as a way to drum up interest and much needed money. Tuesday was “muffins with mom”, today is “goodies with the grandparents”, and yesterday was “doughnuts with dad”, hence the picture.
Not soon after I posted that picture, on my personal page, I got this comment:

“I’m confused. . . I thought she is diabetic?” More »

6909710362_01fc8100a4_bTraining a service dog is hard work, a very long process, and often times not very fun. There are so many variables from start to finish, that this is by no means an automated, assembly line kind of process. If and when a dog makes it to Service Dog (referred to as SD from here on out) status, it is almost magical! With that thought in mind, here are a few things you may not hear from your DAD organization, but if they are responsible and truly care, they should tell you. Keep in mind while a lot of this info is specific to diabetic alert dogs, it can be applied to other types of SD’s too. More »

Back CameraWhat does living with diabetes mean? How do you explain it to someone that doesn’t get it? How do you convey the seriousness of it when your child LOOKS healthy, acts fine, and the rest of the world would have you believe it is easily cured/fixed by diet and exercise?
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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 »

┬áThere 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.
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