How do we see ourselves: trapped or free?

atmtx /Foter

“All living things respond physically to the way they think reality is. Dr. Deepak Chopra, an authority on consciousness and medicine, uses the example of flies placed in a jar with a lid on top. But once the lid is removed, they will not leave the jar except for a few brave pioneers. The rest of the flies have made a “commitment to their bodyminds” that they are trapped. Continue reading

Be my Valentine Flourless Chocolate Cake


I am excited and honored to be writing this as a guest post for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). It is a recipe for the Minnesota Red Riders riding in the 2012 ADA Tour de Cure bike ride! Welcome and GO RED RIDERS!!! Woohoo!! This will be my second year as a Red Rider and I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 24 years. When brainstorming recipes to include in our first Red Rider Reader, I knew right away this was the one!

It is one of my favorite dessert recipes and quickly became well-loved by family and friends. I have served it at family gatherings and events as elegant as a bridal luncheon — where my husband’s Aunt Loene once proclaimed, “This is the best flourless chocolate cake I have ever eaten!” Continue reading

31: that’s not my age.

Therefore, if the amount of glucose supplied by the blood falls, the brain is one of the first organs affected. In most people, subtle reduction of mental efficiency can be observed when the glucose falls below 65 mg/dl (3.6 mM). Impairment of action and judgment usually becomes obvious below 40 mg/dl (2.2 mM). Seizures may occur as the glucose falls further. As blood glucose levels fall below 10 mg/dl (0.55 mM), most neurons become electrically silent and nonfunctional, resulting in coma. These brain effects are collectively referred to as neuroglycopenia. (link to article).

‘Dead in bed’ syndrome refers to unexplained deaths in young people with Type 1 diabetes. Research shows little definitive evidence as to the cause of this very rare phenomenon. There is a small amount of published evidence looking at the condition. One possible theory has been a link to hypoglycaemia (hypo) during the night. It is suggested that this may compound an abnormal heart rhythm, which can cause death.” (link to article).

I had a scary experience last night. I was sleeping and everything was going fine… so I thought. Since experiencing significant stress from caring for my critically ill cat the last few weeks, I have been completely exhausted and had no problem quickly falling into a deep slumber. Continue reading

45… is that bad?

Editor’s note: This is a guest blog post written by my loving husband and biggest supporter, Jaim. We just celebrated our four year wedding anniversary in December.


45… is that bad?

This was my response as my date pricked her finger and pressed it against an electrical device she had pulled from her purse.

We were walking back from a restaurant where we’d had a nice meal and stayed a while to listen to the music. I didn’t realize when we left I was about receive a sobering lesson on the effects of dinner & a beer on someone who’s pancreas doesn’t function like it’s supposed to. Continue reading

My Beautiful Aunt Georgie: A teacher for us

I had the sad occasion of attending a memorial service for my aunt recently. She passed away December 22, 2011, just 2 days before Christmas. She was not just any aunt. Her name was Aunt Georgie.  She had a very special way about her. Her face and whole being would light up when you came into the room. She never left you feeling less than special after being in her presence. Continue reading

You mean you can teach an “Old Dog” new tricks?!??!?

My rescue dog Jonah with a few of his toys...

My rescue dog Jonah with a few of his toys...

Greetings! I want to share with you an enlightening experience I had last night. I have had Type I Diabetes 25 years come February. Yes, that long… One might think after all these years that I might know a thing or two about diabetes management, right? Well, that’s what even my doctor’s have reinforced through the years for me too. Comments like, “Why aren’t you a doctor with how much you know?” and “You know more than 1/2 the doctors I work with!”

I had seen on Facebook something about classes for Type I Diabetes and was mildly interested, but never took the initiative to sign up. Continue reading