d-blog awesomesauce

May 13, 2012

As with most other things in my life, I know what I like pretty much instantaneously when I see it. At the same time, I often have an incredibly difficult time choosing just ONE favorite something–why limit to just 1 kind of awesome, when I could name 3 or 5 or…. So. With that frame of mind, I will share several other d-blogs that are near and dear to my heart, my mind, and my dumb pancreas. While I have no idea what you, dear reader, will like, these are just a FEW of my faves. Check out the dblogroll over on the right side of the page, there, to see many many more.

Cara, at Every Day Every Hour Every Minute (countrygirldiabetic.com), is on my wavelength not only because she tells it like it is with type 1 diabetes, but she loves theater (musical theater!) too–as do I. Double score. I’m super hopeful with fingers crossed that we might get to meet up this summer!!

Katie, at 1LittlePrick, shares really yummy-looking recipes that I hope to get up the gumption to try someday (I don’t cook, like, at ALL). She makes it look easy, or if not easy, at least possible (for me). She’s another smart woman with diabetes who tells it like it is, with a real, warm and friendly tone.

Melissa, from Sweetly Voiced, is another d-twin-sister I recently started following, and we have a lot in common: type 1. musician. musical theater. cupcakes. office supplies. cheeseburgers. Yes. To all of it, and to her.

Angela, at bloodsugarwitch, is type 1 magic. Serious. But that’s not all that she is. I am totally intrigued by, and love, this blog. To get more of a hint about it, here is some of her “about bloodsugarwitch”  Bloodsugarwitch is a place where you can find idea, inspiration, and a little magic for your path. I envision it as a circle of the Wise -all of us as healers, artists, poets, dancers and teachers offering our experience for living life whole. For me, the word “witch” is powerful and implies a woman connected to a body/nature based spirituality. She is someone who seeks to know her own deepest truth, and with that knowledge bring healing to herself and the world around her.

Oh, there are so many MORE, too, but I have to stop and get to bed now. Enjoy–and happy D-Blog Week!!! xoxo


Click here for the Find A Friend – Monday 5/14 Link List.

D-Blog Week, Day 1: It seems the most popular thing about Diabetes Blog Week is that it helps us find blogs we weren’t reading yet and connect with some new blog friends.  With that in mind, let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by making some new connections.  Think about the d-blogs you read that you think we may not know about and introduce us to one that you love!!  Let’s all find a new friend today!    (Special thanks to Gina, everybody’s Diabetes BFF, for helping me (Karen) title this post!)

what’s my tagline? #hawmc day 26

April 26, 2012

“a girl with a smart mouth, a dumb pancreas, and some thoughts on living with type 1 diabetes.”

That tagline pretty much says it all, as far as I’m concerned.

I got in trouble a LOT when I was little for talking, talking a lot, talking too much, talking when I wasn’t supposed to. Often I was saying things out of a “smart mouth,” or “too smart for my own good,” or just being a “smartypants.”

To me, that just means that I say what I mean, or what’s obvious to me. I wasn’t (usually) trying to push anyone’s buttons or get myself in trouble. My Facebook About page used to say under Languages that I’m fluent in sarcasm. Sarcasm, or the ability to be a smartypants, is indeed a language. Mark Z. and co. took away that option from the selections for Language. I wholeheartedly disagree with that decision.

Add type 1 diabetes to a kid with a smart mouth, and you get smartDpants. I call(ed) it like I see (saw) it. For instance: the exchange diet never made any sense to me, and fearing sugar (or paying for it with guilt and/or exercise) didn’t, either. I somehow felt carb counting deep inside me many years before anyone ever told me about it, but that didn’t do me any good. Except I knew that I actually COULD have a cupcake, if there were enough insulin to “pay” for those carbs, and it wasn’t going to kill me to do that.

Saying that kind of thing to medical professionals in the early 80’s also got me the labels of “emotional eater,” “noncompliant,” and as I would be reminded multiple times over, a “smart mouth.” Somehow that made them feel better than if they had taught me about insulin-carbohydrate ratios and insulin sensitivity. Go figure. I guess a lot of them were still making their patients use sliding scales, so maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on them. Except I am.

If my mouth is smart, then my pancreas is the complete opposite. I’m SO not thrilled with my pancreas, even though I know I should really be pissed at my autoimmune system for attacking it, if I were going to go all the way with this description. It feels better to me to have something concrete to be mad at, and my pancreas fits the bill. The autoimmune system is too dispersed to really focus my pissedoffedness at it. Sorry, pancreas. I know that DNA really didn’t do you any favors, either.

Finally, “some thoughts on living with type 1.” That’s what you get, here at smartDpants. My life, how I live it, how type 1 fits and doesn’t fit into it, and what I think about that. Sure, I’ll throw in some feelings, too. Evidently, according to some previous medical professionals in my life, I am emotional 😉

wego Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge, Day 26: Health tagline. Give yourself, your blog, your condition, or some aspect of your health a tagline. Make sure it’s catchy!

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