Dia-what?… What is there to celebrate about a disease?

Nearly a decade ago, while at work, I excitedly announced to everyone what special anniversary it was for me. I marched around and celebrated my ‘diaversary’: the yearly anniversary of my T1D’s diagnosis. I was a one woman parade as I showed everyone the blue pin on my chest that read, ‘I love someone with T1D!’ I sang out my excitement on the intercom system and shared the joys of my holiday with the entire building. As I danced down the hallway, my coworker tilted her head, squinted her eyes, and with full befuddlement, asked me: ‘Why…?’ Why in the world would I celebrate a disease?

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Forty Years of Defying Diabetes: A Swinging Journey from Diagnosis to Doctorate

FORTY. Forty years ago today, a worried, but determined grandpa took his sick 17-month-old toddler to her pediatrician. My grandpa flatly told the pediatrician that his granddaughter was sick and he knew she had not just diabetes, but Type 1 diabetes. The pediatrician basically laughed and said, “There’s no way this kid has diabetes—she’s too young,” but my grandpa didn’t quit.

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What I’ve Learned About Mental Health & Diabetes

In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, I wanted to share some things I’ve learned about diabetes and mental health over the past 23 years of living with the condition and working as a counseling therapist within the community.

Here are a few key take-aways: 

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Rediscovering My T1D Journey: Blast from the Past – Part #1

In 2024, the Diabetes Daily Grind is celebrating a remarkable decade of weaving tales from the lives of individuals courageously living with diabetes, including yours truly. As I take a stroll down memory lane, I find myself revisiting the heartfelt and insightful posts I’ve had the privilege to share. What astounds me is the unwavering commitment to authenticity and vulnerability in narrating the rollercoaster ride of life with T1D over the years.

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A Journey of Resilience: Living with Diabetes for 17 Years

Living with diabetes for 17 years has been a journey that has shaped every facet of my life. From the initial diagnosis to the daily management and the emotional rollercoaster in between, this path has been one of challenges and triumphs, teaching me invaluable lessons about resilience, self-care, and the power of community.

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Summer Break – Energy Reboot

The Diabetes Daily Grind launched in 2014 and like diabetes, I don’t get a day off managing the website, podcast and social media platforms so I’ve dedicated some much needed time for a reboot – both personally and professionally.

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What an Inquiring 8 Year Old Mind Wants to Know

I had the pleasure of finally connecting with my dear friend Katie – a busy mother of two active boys, business professional, and person who dedicates time to so many causes. We don’t get to see each other often so I cherish when we can and I was thrilled to have her youngest son Vail (aka BEEF) join us for a stroll around town. I’ve known Vail since birth and he has always been interested in my life with diabetes. He asks the hard hitting questions – some that are honestly hard for me to answer and the very reason why I’m writing this post.

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My COVID Free Bubble Has Popped

I tested positive for COVID after living in a bubble for literally four years. I’ve been such a hermit, wore my mask when no one else did, avoided crowds and felt serious social anxiety most of the time, but it finally got me. My COVID free bubble has popped.

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Help Me Celebrate My 39th Diaversary!

It’s time to celebrate! On January 28th, I’ll roll into my 40th year living with Type 1 diabetes. Each year as this milestone approaches I reflect on how I’ve managed my diabetes over the decades. I’ve created a few ideas on how you can join me in celebrating another eventful year living with this disease.

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Just My Type | Drew Now

Hi, I’m Drew Now. I’m a Canadian musician living in Nashville, TN. I recently released a new single called TYPE. It’s the story of my boyfriend, Ryan and I. Ryan is handsome, athletic and a successful entrepreneur. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was only 9 years old. Since dating him I’ve learned slowly about his diabetes. He handles it so well that sometimes I forget he even has it.

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