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Real Talk With Dave: Appreciate the Ordinary Days

When living with Diabetes, there really aren’t any “ordinary” days. Every day, regardless of what goes on, has some type of situation. You could have perfect blood sugars all day, but you may have to change out your pump site. You could have a day where you are still within your weeklong range of wearing your Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) and don’t have to put in a new site, but be struggling with constant high blood sugars. My point is, no day goes by with T1D in which everything is just “perfect”. However, even though Diabetes doesn’t seem fair all the time, we can still experience several really good days.

When I sit down and think of what an ordinary Diabetes day looks like, I immediately think of how that consists of sticking to a relaxed daily routine. We all have them, but some days, those routines can change quite drastically and you may have to skip out on some tasks you always do. However, an ordinary day with T1D can simply be waking up every day feeling the same and knowing how your blood sugars typically will be in the morning, given that some mornings may be so off to the point where you really don’t know what went wrong, I mean after all, this is Diabetes we’re talking about, things happen, unexpectedly.

Another “ordinary” Diabetes day consists of having a stress-free day (weekends, holidays, etc.), pretty much any day that you have off from work and school, in all honesty. I have to admit, I almost enjoy having to go to school and work as it puts my Diabetes on a schedule (meals, snacks, basal rates, etc.), but I do appreciate a day off where I don’t have to constantly think of the fear of going low or high when I’m away from home.

For some reason, home is always a safe place in my mind in terms of Diabetes. When I go low or high, I would much rather experience it at home, just as a form of comfort and safety, some may disagree, but we all have our own individual preferences, and that’s okay! Any possible way to avoid stress on your mind and body will also help and benefit you and your Diabetes as stress plays a huge role on blood sugar management. Another way to feel like your Diabetes is going just great is when you have what you need and normally have with you on hand, such as your favorite low treatment solution or adhesive for your sites, allowing you to move forward with your Diabetes and own it, just the way you are used to. If some things are off and you don’t have the necessities you need, you can create a problem, which can put you in a difficult place with your Diabetes and could even cause an emergency.

To sum up, I appreciate a day where I am familiar with my Diabetes and its very unique patterns.  I like having days in which I am used to and know what is going on with my health. I can trust my Diabetes and feel confident in almost knowing what to expect and when to expect it. I think that goes for every Type 1 Diabetic. We like having days in which we have little to no worry in managing our Diabetes as we feel as though we’ve got it all under control. This doesn’t mean every now and then we have perfect days, no day is perfect, Diabetic or not. I stress the fact of appreciating ordinary days and we don’t get them always, but when we do, it’s a victory to celebrate. Non-Diabetics should understand this, as we go through so much with our Diabetes daily, that some days are just horrible. Highs, lows, fears, you name it! When we do have a successful day with our T1D, we’re going to show it!

Don’t stress, the more days in which you are comfortable with and the days that allow you to appreciate life and the blessings of Diabetes, the better!

 

Live well,

 

David

Real Talk With Dave: What’s In My Diabetes Bag?

When you are first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, sitting there in the hospital, you don’t really know what to expect and don’t know how T1D is going to change your life. You are given your very first blood glucometer and have no idea what it is, what it may be used for, and how you are going to have to carry it around with you wherever you go. You are given a plain, boring, and lifeless case to carry the major components to checking your blood sugar in: meter, lancing device, test strips, a few syringes, alcohol swabs, and some lancets, all in a tiny little carrying case. Where’s the fun in that?

Over the years of living with T1D, I’ve come to realize how if you want to thrive with your Diabetes, you must fully take control and turn it into your own. You have to OWN your disease. I’ve noticed several amazing Diabetic brands form such incredible Diabetic bags and meter cases, designed to fit our style and relate to our own individual needs for a person living with T1D on the go. I will be listing some of my favorite Diabetic branded meter cases and bags and hopefully it will inspire you to go out and purchase your own, allowing you to fully accept your Diabetes and love the amazing life you live!

 

Myabetic / The Myabetic meter cases are so amazing and allow you to show off your style however you want (and most people won’t even know you are carrying Diabetic supplies!). These meter cases and Diabetic bags come in a variety of colors, designs, and styles. They have a variety of Diabetic backpacks, cases, and purses, all with different compartments for specific T1D supplies!

Shop Casualty Girl / These meter cases are so fun for a person who fully understands the true struggles with T1D as they are these nicely sized bags, simple and clean, but have a funny phrase or saying on the bag, such as, “But First, Insulin” or “Test Strip Graveyard”. Any Diabetic can relate to all the fun sayings on the bag, opening up interesting discussions at the dinner table!

 

Genteel / The Genteel lancing device is a great way to give your fingers a break from pricking day and night as it is an all new device that allows you to prick other parts on your body, such as your palm or leg, and allows you to get a blood drop without any pain due to their vacuuming technology! When you receive your Genteel lancing device, you automatically get a meter case with their logo on it, big enough to carry the device and more.

These are just some of the many brands that have helped us Type 1 Diabetics get creative and have something more inspiring and stylish to carry all our Diabetes supplies in daily. It can be hard to have to carry everything around all the time, from backup pump supplies, to a whole supply of low treatment options, but with the help of these carefully thought out bags and kits, we can now LIVE in style and be the amazing Diabetics we all are!

 

Live well,

 

Dave

Real Talk With Dave: You Are NOT Alone

“You are not alone”. Just one thing they immediately tell you when you are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Though this is so true, when one is first diagnosed, that is not necessarily something you would want to hear. It takes time and a personal connection with T1D on a unique level to fully understand this phrase.

When I was first diagnosed at the age of 11, I was still unclear as to what my life was turning out to be. I was frustrated, scared, and confused most of all. Out of politeness and respect, everyone would tell me, “you are not alone” and how millions of others fight the same fight daily and struggle to make ends meet with their Diabetes. However, I simply did not like that saying at the time. I hadn’t fully accepted or made peace with the fact that I had this disease to deal with now for the rest of my life or until there is a cure, causing me to feel as though nobody understood what I was going through and how no one could ever relate with me. Fast forward to today, I now know that is not the case AT ALL.

Take it from an actual Type 1 Diabetic, if someone ever says the phrase “you are not alone”, believe it, because that is actual truth right there. Over the past few months, I have been given the amazing privilege of actually meeting such awesome Type 1 Diabetics in person and just the few times I’ve spent with them, I’ve realized how we really are not alone. We all go low. We all go high. We all know what it feels like to be so sick of dealing with T1D every day and it being such a big deal in our lives. We know what it feels like to wear a device on our bodies 24/7 in order to stay alive. We know what needles feel like. And we simply know what pain feels like.

The few meet-ups I’ve been to where the majority were Type 1 Diabetics, there were countless times in which I actually saw one another with the full T1D package. Pump sites, medical devices, low/high treatment solutions, you name it! We all go through it and know EXACTLY what it is like.

I can remember being surrounded by other Diabetics and going low and having others around me offer to help and ask if I was feeling okay, simply because they knew what it feels like. Something about being so real with each other and experiencing similar situations can really build up trust and loyalty with one another, creating lasting and memorable friendships. Of all the wonderful T1D’s out there, whether on Instagram, YouTube, or just about anywhere else where we can share via social media our daily struggles, I constantly see others showing what they are dealing with and seeking support from each other, which is why the Diabetic community never ceases to amaze me at how kind everyone truly is. Seeing how others are doing at different parts of the day really keeps us all in the loop together and allows for discussion and a place to vent off on our T1D. None of us know what may happen with our Diabetes at any given point in our lives, which is why, when something does happen, we can always depend on one another for the right words and support we crave.

If you are in a bad place with your Diabetes and are feeling all alone, fret no more! Surround yourself with other Diabetics and don’t be afraid to completely vent off on your feelings towards T1D, chances are, everyone else will feel the exact same way. It always helps to have someone to turn to in any situation regarding your Diabetes for a sense of understanding and care. I can guarantee you will feel so much better about your Diabetes and will be so inspired to spread awareness in ending T1D. There are thousands of other Diabetics out there, in person and online, and several Diabetic organizations that are constantly up with ways to bring us closer together, allowing us to never feel alone.

Just remember, life is a beautiful gift and though Diabetes is a factor in our lives that we never wish we had, it makes it so much easier having each other to remind us that we can do anything as long as we stick together.

 

WE ARE NOT ALONE. Don’t forget that.

 

Live well,

 

Dave

Real Talk with Dave: The Time I Forgot My Insulin 2,000 Miles Away from Home (What to do in a Diabetic Emergency)

Aloha!

When we all think of Hawaii, we think of paradise. Beautiful beaches, swaying palm trees, and the great memories that can be made in the state of Hawaii. However, to me, Hawaii ended up being the place I learned the most valuable lesson ever in terms of living (and surviving) with Type 1 Diabetes.

            Back in 2015, my family and I took our summer vacation in the beautiful island of Honolulu/Maui in Hawaii. Now, if you know me, you know that I am obsessed with all things tropical and beach related, so you already know I was extremely excited to be visiting Hawaii. Ever since I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, traveling has always been a major stressor for me as I am never too sure what Diabetes supplies I should pack, how much I should bring, or what could happen as I travel with T1D. The good thing is that my family is always with me, so if anything were to go wrong, they always have my back. Well, that was exactly the case on this very trip.

I remember packing everything the night before our flight and I had a separate backpack with all my Diabetes supplies, except for my Insulin, as it needed to be in the refrigerator when not being used, so I decided to grab it out of the fridge the morning of as we were heading out the door to the airport. The thing is, I completely forgot to get it out of the fridge that morning. If you’re not Diabetic, you should know that Insulin is the most IMPORTANT part of managing T1D as it is essentially what keeps you alive. It’s like taking a fish out of the water. Can’t live without it. I hadn’t realized that I forgot my Insulin back home until we were at the airport (about 1-2 hours away from my house) and our flight was about to board soon, so we didn’t have time to drive back home or to the nearest pharmacy. I can remember being in a complete state of panic and shock as I had just processed in my mind how I am so far away from the medication I absolutely need in order to stay alive, and to be honest, I was pretty disappointed in myself at that very moment. I quickly let my parents know and they too were full of fear and concern as we had never been in a situation like that since my diagnosis.

Luckily, as mentioned, I had my family with me, who always have my back, so thankfully, my mom knew exactly what to do. She immediately dropped everything and called my Endocrinologist and pharmacy and told them of the situation. They were ever so kind as to help us out and recommend what we should do in this emergency. They advised that they put in a new order for me at the pharmacy in Hawaii once we arrived and be picked up at the closest possible pharmacy (which was actually very close to our hotel), so that is exactly what we did.

Thankfully, I wear an Insulin pump and had just changed out my site the night before and filled a new reservoir with Insulin that could last me for three days before it runs out, so I was safe to fly for about 5 hours from California to Hawaii and then go pick up my Insulin. Had I not been wearing a pump at that point in my life, I really don’t know what I would have done in that case. I owe it all to the advanced technology that is provided for us Diabetics these days.

Once we resolved the whole Insulin fiasco, what else could go wrong? Am I right? Actually, something else did go wrong. My Insulin pump completely broke and shut down on day one of my trip in Hawaii. Great. I honestly don’t know what the cause of it breaking was, it could have been a glitch or an error in which the pump simply just died on me (which is rare, but can happen). SO, again on the phone with the pump supplier company and explained the whole situation, in which they knew of the seriousness and inconvenience of having my pump shut down on me during vacation, so they rushed a replacement pump to the hotel right away, which I then received halfway through the trip. In the meantime, it was back to the basics… syringes. Yes, Insulin syringes. I had almost forgotten how to use them as I had been on the pump for so long, that I practically lost some knowledge on the proper way to inject myself with a syringe, but sure enough, I got the concept down again and figured it all out. Were my blood sugars out of the ordinary in that time being? Of course. However, I was in Hawaii, so I was not about to let ANYTHING slow me down or prevent me from having the time of my life, so that’s what I did.

            A few days later, my new pump had arrived, I obviously had my new insulin by then, and all was good again.

The reason this trip was so meaningful to me was because I truly learned the most valuable lesson I could ever learn as a Type 1 Diabetic. Insulin is key, no matter what. Now, when I travel, I always make a note in big letters that says “INSULIN” on it and put it on top of my travel bags as a reminder to grab the Insulin out of the fridge on my way out for any trip I may be going on. I also learned to never go anywhere far, even if it’s a day trip, without a vile of Insulin and a few syringes. You never know when you’ll be in a situation when your pump breaks down or you are having a severely high blood sugar due to a bad pump site, in which you will need to either change out your site or take an injection for a guaranteed dose of Insulin. I now feel safer when traveling as I am always prepared. I highly recommend always having a small emergency bag with you 24/7, when you are out on the go, just for unexpected emergencies like mine.

Though it is very stressful and annoying, I feel that it is important that we all face some type of emergency to learn from. Each ounce of chaos, big or small, will teach us something we can learn and apply to our situation the next time we are faced with a challenge. Diabetes is no joke and should never be taken lightly. There are some serious consequences that can result in lack of care and attention towards our Diabetes if not cared for properly. Though it was slightly my fault that I forgot my Insulin, I feel as though I needed something like that to happen to me, as I definitely learned a valuable lesson. We’re humans. We make mistakes and we forget things, but we have to keep moving forward and learn from the past.

Bottom line, in an emergency, no matter what the case, remain calm. Tell someone about the situation if circumstances allow so you don’t have to deal with it alone, and always know, wherever you are, however far you are, Insulin, pumps, meters, and glucose can be found/sent to your location ASAP. Diabetes is a well-known disease, even if people (non-Diabetics) seem uneducated or not sure of the situation, someone is always around to lend a helping hand in times of trouble and fear. Know your limits, know your body, and listen to your heart. Always have a backup plan, an emergency plan of action, and all together, live with confidence!

 

Stay focused, always be prepared, and learn along the way. T1D is tough, but you are BRAVE.

 

Live well,

 

Dave

Real Talk with Dave: How To do Disneyland as a Diabetic

   We all know Disneyland is The Happiest Place on Earth, however, going to the park as a Type 1 Diabetic can be somewhat of a challenge and not always the happiest it could be. This past week, I had the privilege of spending my 21st birthday at Disneyland and I came across some minor challenges and things I had to figure out throughout the day, but through it all, I learned some valuable bits of knowledge to carry around with me whenever I am out on the go for a long period of time away from home. I have put together some helpful tips and tricks in making your trip to Disneyland, or any other long day trip by that token, a fun and enjoyable experience.

DO:

1/ Plan your day: When going to Disneyland, you may not want to worry about T1D getting in the way of your fun, however, it is very important, especially as a Diabetic, to plan out your day, what time you will arrive, leave, eat your meals, etc., so that you can arrange accordingly your day and ensure the most fun and less stress during your Disney day! When you know approximately what time things will take place, you can plan how many snacks you should bring to regulate your blood sugars throughout the day as you walk around the park, you can know what you will be doing and when, making sure you have all the right supplies in case of an emergency, and so on.

2/ Bring enough (and more) supplies: When going literally ANYWHERE as a Diabetic, it is always smart to have all the necessary supplies that will be of great help, whether in an emergency or not. Always planning ahead and preparing for the worst is key in making sure you have the best outing possible. When I go to Disneyland, I have a backpack with me at ALL times and in that backpack, I carry different pouches and cases full of backup pump sites, syringes (incase my pump were to somehow break), batteries, alcohol swabs, juice and glucose tabs, water, and so much more because nobody ever knows what may happen as the day goes by and it is better to have all the supplies readily available with you than having to leave the park and go home simply because your site went bad, perhaps. I typically advise that you bring a second backup of everything, just in case your first backup tends to fail somehow. Yes, your bag may be heavier than you would like at this point, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

3/ Stand your ground: As a Diabetic, one of the most frustrating things can be dealing with uneducated people (such as security or anybody else in the public eye) and having to explain what your Insulin pump or medications are for can be somewhat of a challenge (sometimes). When going through security, depending on the guard at the time, be prepared to explain your Diabetes to them and don’t let them force you in through the metal detector, resulting in your pump to breakdown from radiation. Simply explain the dangers of going through with a pump and most of the time, they are very understanding and kind, they just may have to pat you down or use a wand, which isn’t all that bad, again, better safe than sorry. Your right as a Diabetic allows you to carry all your supplies, food, and drinks with you at all times, as you are dealing with a chronic disease that shouldn’t be cared for lightly.

DON’T:

1/ Forget to stop and check: When at Disneyland, you’ll probably be so caught up in all the fun, that the last thing you will want to do is worry about your T1D. However, it is important that every now and then, you stop and take a rest to check your blood sugars and treat accordingly. You will have a much better time knowing that your numbers are just fine if you simply take mini breaks throughout the day to care for yourself!

2/ Show up to the park with an almost empty pump reservoir: It happens, but sometimes, we need to take a step back and think before we act. When going on a fun-filled day, we MUST always make sure we have a decent amount of Insulin in our pumps (or carry an extra vile of insulin) as you never know what emergencies you may run into. Also, when at Disneyland, you may run into foods and treats that you want to allow yourself to have and most of those foods may be high in carbs/sugar, requiring larger amounts of Insulin. When I know I will be out of the house for a full day, I always either change my pump site the night before, allowing for a full reservoir of Insulin or I just make sure I have a fresh new vile of Insulin that I carry around with me throughout the day incase my pump goes empty, in which depending on the weather, you will need to make sure your Insulin stays cool and out of direct sunlight or severe cold temperatures.

3/ Have only a few sources of sugar on hand: One of the scariest parts about T1D is going low and we all know the panic that comes with low blood sugars. Always make sure you have some form of sugar on hand throughout the day (depending on how long you will be away from home) and if you somehow run out of sugar as the day goes by, RESTOCK! Stop what you are doing and go buy some juice or candy right away, because you don’t know when your next low may hit and if you are not prepared and find yourself standing in a long line to pay for some sugar when you are low, it won’t be a fun time and that will add to your panic. Like mentioned above, ALWAYS be prepared!

To sum up, going to Disneyland is supposed to be a fun time for you, so to take out the stress and ensure that you will have a great day, try and follow these tips during your next adventure!  

Live well,

 

Dave

Real Talk With Dave: Diabetics Take Over Disneyland

Ever since I was diagnosed with Type 1, I had always felt like something was missing. I was missing the social aspect of Diabetes. I had always wanted to be friends with another Diabetic or perhaps be a part of a Diabetic group of some sort. I had tried and tried to find a group, but for some reason, things weren’t working out for me. When I was in high school, I decided to go to a support group for T1D in hope of finding other Diabetics my age who I could be friends with and connect on a greater level with, but for some reason, it didn’t do the trick for me.

Fast forward to this year, this new year, 2018, things changed for the better. I had always been shy around new people at first and somehow developed a form of anxiety from not knowing the people I was with and not feeling a sense of comfort and safety around those I was with, however, this year, I made it my goal to get out of my comfort zone and be more involved in the Diabetic community and do more than just connecting with other Diabetics via Instagram.

During the first week of this new year, I saw an ad for a Type 1 Diabetic meet-up at Disneyland hosted by the organization, Beyond Type 1. If you know me, you would know that I am obsessed with all things Disney and am in love with Disneyland, so I felt like that was a sign that I just had to go. After thinking about it, going back and forth, I remembered my goal for this year, to get more involved and out of my comfort zone, and so I did, and boy am I glad I did!

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, I woke up bright and early to go to the Happiest Place on Earth to meet up with a group of some very amazing Diabetics doing some very amazing things!

I hadn’t met any of them before, only through social media, and some I didn’t even know via Instagram, so I was a bit nervous, but very excited to meet everyone. As I walked into Disneyland alone in search for the group, I couldn’t help but be filled with thrill and excitement as I was finally going to be with people that I could be completely myself around, as could they, and we wouldn’t necessarily have to worry about Diabetic things as we were all together, dealing with the same exact things.

As I finally found the group, I was ever so kindly greeted by some of the nicest and realist people out there. Everyone who came to the meet-up were rocking their Dexcoms (CGMs), Insulin Pumps, blood glucometers, and Insulin pens. When I found that everyone was wearing their sites so proudly, I suddenly felt very comfortable to be a part of such an amazing group. I had never been around Diabetics who seemed to understand completely all the struggles from wearing sites in public to dealing with lows and highs on the go, so it was very refreshing to stop and just think how it was okay to experience all the Diabetic issues that day as literally everyone was dealing with lows and highs throughout the day.

As we walked around the park, went on some fun rides, ate lunch and had ice cream, we all shared some really special moments! Comparing Insulin pumps, recommending Endocrinologists, treating lows, sharing diagnosis stories, hashing out all the daily struggles, and pumping Insulin, we all just understood it. Most of us had never met face to face, yet because we were all Diabetic, we instantly became friends because of that one special bond we shared. As the day progressed, we all got closer with each other and shared many laughs and good times with one another.

For once, I was very comfortable being a Type 1 Diabetic because this time, I wasn’t the only one. It almost felt like we were the honorary guests of Disneyland that day as we all knew how hard T1D is and we came to celebrate for a day the hard work and effort we put each day into our health! By the end of the day, we had all become the best of friends, leaving us with nothing but hope and happiness!

This was honestly one of the best Diabetic days I had ever experienced in my 9 years of living with Type 1. After seeing how each person from the group had dealt with their health so confidently, I felt so hopeful about the future of living with Diabetes and I felt as though I can keep on going in this fight against T1D.

We all came from different backgrounds and we all had a different story to tell, but when we all came together, we felt like the most powerful group of people as that is what Diabetics truly are, brave and amazing people!

So don’t be afraid to try new things that will benefit you and your overall sense of wellbeing. Had I not gone to this T1D meet-up, I would have been feeling a bit lonely and depressed about my Diabetes. Now, I feel energized and revived in a sense, with new hope and assurance for all things Diabetes! Maybe even you could start a Diabetic meet-up in your town, you may end up meeting lifelong friends and finding hope of a cure one day!

 

Live well,

 

Dave

Real Talk with Dave: You Don’t Know What It’s Like To Feel So Low

 

            Each day, we are each given a choice as Diabetics. A choice to take the best care of our health or the choice to be laid back and not as careful. Diabetes is hard work and sometimes, we go through a burnout phase where we may be care free of our Diabetes and not put as much focus on it as usual. However, each day, whether we work hard at our T1D or not, we each face lows, highs, sick moments, and feelings that are indescribable. The main focus I’d like to discuss is primarily on lows.

Lows are the absolute worst feeling a Diabetic can get. Low in terms of blood sugar, energy, focus, strength, and mental capacity. Lows take so much out of us. They make us feel like we’re dying in a sense, and yes that sounds a bit dramatic, but that is the honest description that a Diabetic will say it feels like, just ask any person with Type 1 Diabetes. I often say that lows “hurt” and that could mean a variety of things. My body, my muscles, my bones, my mind, or even my emotions. Lows have a way of playing with the person who it decides to attack.

As a Diabetic of 9 years, I have learned several different ways to cope with and manage lows in all sorts of settings, as each low is unique and different, yet all have some similar symptoms. Throughout the years, I have tried to explain to people who don’t have Diabetes what it’s really like to have a low blood sugar. Though many people just don’t understand, some do try and empathize with me and see how horrible they can be. As much of a description I may give, I always mention though that a non-Diabetic will truly never know what it feels like to have a low, as much as I try and describe it. The pain, the fear, and the shock it has on the person is something I wish nobody had to face.

Some lows are better than others. Low blood sugars in the 60mg/dL-70mg/dL range are not so bad, but anything below 50mg/dL, that’s where things can get scary. Severe lows contain symptoms such as shakiness, sweating, fast heart beat, fear, panic, nausea, lethargy, etc., just to name a few, but, as mentioned, each low is different and each Diabetic can feel their own unique symptoms. I think most of us know the cause of a low blood sugar, but for those who don’t know, intense exercise, too much insulin, and not enough consumption of carbohydrates/sugars are the main ways low blood sugars come to be.

The reason I am writing about lows are to mainly spread awareness on this issue. I can remember countless times in which I simply avoided doing certain activities or sat in fear during a certain situation (such as classes, work, travel, etc.) as I was constantly worrying about going low. High blood sugars are different in the sense in which you may feel very sick still, but you have a larger and somewhat safer timeframe to treat the blood sugar before it gets too serious. Yes, I have had Diabetes for 9 years, but I almost feel as though I will never fully get over my constant fear of lows. Lots of people have shared over time that they are very afraid to go to bed each night as they are worried they’ll go low and not be able to wake up from that low and that is exactly why I am writing on this specific topic, to share what us Diabetics truly go through on a daily basis.

Diabetics are fearless and I think it’s safe to say that we put up with so much and have gone through so much over the years of being Diabetic. We face so many scary and life altering challenges every moment of every day, most of which goes unnoticed, that is why we must continue to spread awareness, seek support from as many people as possible, and create a safe environment in which if emergencies do arise, we will at least feel as though we are in good hands.

Diabetes is tough, but we are strong. Diabetes is scary, but we are brave. Diabetes is a big deal, but we are so much bigger than this disease.

Live well,

Dave

 

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