Phoenix Rising: How switching to an insulin pump changed my life

The discovery of insulin 100 years ago by Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best transformed type 1 diabetes from a fatal diagnosis to a chronic condition that could be managed through multiple daily injections (MDI). When Sir Banting’s cousin, Sponsored Podvocate and Podder™ Rebecca Redmond, was diagnosed with T1D many decades later, she struggled to … Continue reading Phoenix Rising: How switching to an insulin pump changed my life

Beware the Straight-liners

No two diabetics or people with diabetes are the same. They just aren’t, and everyone living with diabetes (regardless of type) does so differently. And yet, I have found there is a great deal of pressure in the community. I have found there is an unspoken notion that some T1Ds are better “at it” than others. This notion, though … Continue reading Beware the Straight-liners

Me and My Anxiety

Having been together for some time, we have developed a routine - anxiety and me. But it does not mean our relationship lacks surprise. Anxiety continues to bring the unexpected into my life. A lot of people do not understand what it means to live with mental illness. Some people view it as a mechanism … Continue reading Me and My Anxiety

Earth Underfoot

**I penned the original version of this poem in March of 2007; it took until September 2008 for me to stop revising it and finally be happy with the outcome. Only to have me reexplore it in February 2021.** This is a photograph (I took) from one of my most treasured places to hike - … Continue reading Earth Underfoot

Culpable Consumption

Life with chronic illness (or several) is not what most would describe as a perfectly pleasant cup of tea. In fact, most would consider one more than enough. But we do not dictate the dishes life serves off its menu. Instead, we are force fed situation and circumstance. So, you either make do, add a … Continue reading Culpable Consumption

The Days

**This is a poem I wrote nearly a decade ago - it was published here in this space back in 2013 after it suffered failure in a Diabetes Poetry contest (the winning submissions far cheerier). I revisited it, tweaked it, and offer it up to you, once again.** This photo was taken by me during … Continue reading The Days