The Show Must Go On

I had every intention of sharing a heartfelt post about celebrating my 40th diaversary back in January, but as life tends to do, diabetes, new podcasts, and adventures took over. Nevertheless, it’s time to catch you up on some exciting developments.

Insulin Pump Therapy: For those of you who tune in regularly to the Real Life Diabetes Podcast, you were the first to learn that I was embarking on the journey of getting my very first insulin pump after 40 years of multiple daily injections. Well, on February 25th, I officially took the Podder plunge. It was a decision that didn’t come lightly; it took me weeks, months, and honestly years to summon the courage to change my diabetes management routine. The tipping point came when my blood sugars overnight, affected by perimenopause, became uncontrollable. My mindset shifted – I refused to let everyday hormones lead to complications.

The night before my onboarding, I found myself in tears. Fear and doubt crept in, questioning whether this drastic change in lifestyle would be worth it, especially considering my A1c hasn’t been over 6.7 in over 15 years. Despite the uncertainty, I pulled the trigger. And now, after a month of adjusting to this new regimen, I couldn’t be happier. Of course, there are still things I need to learn and better understand.

Waking up to a flat line with a blood glucose level of less than 130 sets my mind at ease. I still awake at 5:48 am, the time I used to administer my Tresiba injection, but now I simply head to the restroom and revel in an extra hour or three of quality sleep.

Now that it’s been over a month since I took the Podder plunge, I reflect on the past 40 years of 4+ injections a day and plenty of finger pricks. This new found freedom should come easily, but it has been quite the adjustment. I still have to remind myself regularly to relinquish control and trust my devices.

Podcasts: I’m thrilled to finally announce not one, but two Real Life Diabetes Podcast spinoffs that I’ve been diligently working on for years.

“Just the Facts Please”: Too often, people diagnosed with diabetes are handed a laundry list of potential complications without any real understanding of what they entail. This series aims to provide concise and informative episodes featuring experts who deliver essential diabetes-related information, empowering my audience to better manage their condition. It also delves into intriguing questions like why people of color are more susceptible to diabetes, the similarities between diabetes in animals and humans, and why women with type 1 diabetes tend to enter menopause earlier. Episode #1 features Dr. Andrew Bugbee discussing diabetes in animals.

“Unearthing Diabetes Discoveries”: This podcast zeroes in on the latest developments, innovations, and trends in diabetes care and technology. By keeping our community abreast of the most cutting-edge advancements, I aim to facilitate informed decision-making and inspire hope. Episode #1 features Ulf Hannelius, CEO of Diamyd Medical.

I had to push pause on ALL podcasts for a few weeks because of a nasty case of bronchitis followed by seasonal allergies. New episodes will be coming soon so please stay tuned.

On top of embracing the life-changing transition to becoming a pumper and launching two new podcasts, I’ve been occupied with onboarding for an exciting new professional endeavor. While I can’t reveal all the details just yet, I am ecstatic to be joining a company that is a true game changer in the diabetes space.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement on this journey. I look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.

2 thoughts on “The Show Must Go On

  1. I’m so glad to find you again. I use to listen seems like so long ago. I’ve always wanted to join your happy hour maybe I’ll take the plunge. I’m also excited to hear you’ve become a powder, me too! After 32years I finally leaped into the present. I’m not real sure how it all works or all the things I can do for adjustments but I’m hoping you will share your experiences and help some of us who are also adjusting.

  2. Elizabeth – Thank you for reconnecting and listening. I’m still adjusting to Podder life and will gladly connect you with the experts at Insulet should you have any real questions. Please stay in touch. Amber

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