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Woman Loses 134 Pounds in One Year

About a year ago, Cheryl Tooke found herself in the last place she ever wanted to be. She weighed 268 pounds, and her doctor had just diagnosed her with type 2 diabetes.

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Sit!  Roll Over!  Diagnose Hypoglycemia! Good Dog!
Sit! Roll Over! Diagnose Hypoglycemia! Good Dog!

In a report published in the December 23, 2000, issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom write that hypoglycemia is one of the complications of diabetes most feared by patients. They point out, "Intensive research has been devoted to the development of hypoglycemia alarms."

Comments 13 comments - Jul 31, 2008 - * * * * *

Finding Community in Diabetes Blogs
Finding Community in Diabetes Blogs

You might think that having a disease is the last thing you would want broadcast over the World Wide Web. But for some writers, getting the word out there is the main idea. In a world inundated with celebrity gossip and angst-ridden posts, a few people rise above the online mess and use their blogs to foster a sense of community in what could otherwise be an isolating dilemma: living with diabetes.

Comments 10 comments - Jul 25, 2008 - * * * * *

The Star-Fish Story, Diabetes, and the Poorest Nation in the World
The Star-Fish Story, Diabetes, and the Poorest Nation in the World

Have you heard the story of the little boy who was on the beach after a storm?  Thousands of starfish had washed ashore, and he picked up one after another and threw them back into the sea.  A man watched him work and after some time said to the boy, “Look at all these starfish.  You’re never going to be able to save them all. Do you think all your work will make a difference?”  The boy thought for a minute as he looked up and down the beach. “I don’t know,” he said as he picked up another starfish and flung it into the brine, “but it sure will make a difference to this one!”

Comments 4 comments - Jul 10, 2008 - * * * * *

What happened after Blue Cross rejected her daughter Laura's application for a continuous glucose monitor?  Gillian Miller took on the big boys and won!
What happened after Blue Cross rejected her daughter Laura's application for a continuous glucose monitor? Gillian Miller took on the big boys and won!

Fifteen-year-old Californian Laura Miller, a brittle diabetic, and her mother, Gillian, thought they had a strong case when they asked Blue Cross in late 2007 to pay for a continuous glucose monitor for her.

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People Are Talking: Directly to You

People Are Talking is where you'll find the inspiration and true stories of people just like you.

Comments 0 comments - Mar 9, 2008 - Not Yet Rated

After All These Years: Al Lewis, Age 73, Living with Type 1 Diabetes for 69 Years
After All These Years: Al Lewis, Age 73, Living with Type 1 Diabetes for 69 Years

Anyone who knows Al Lewis of Vancouver, BC, understands why he wouldn't switch to an insulin pump until a waterproof model became available in 1977: His whole life has revolved around water.

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes for Over Eighty Years
Living with Type 1 Diabetes for Over Eighty Years

If ever there were a diabetic trailblazer, the honor should go to James William Quander, the longest-living African-American with type 1 diabetes on record. Born in 1918 in Washington, D.C., he was diagnosed with diabetes in early 1924, shortly before the age of six.

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Courtney Lovell: An Everyday Diabetes Hero Who's Taking It One Day at a Time
Courtney Lovell: An Everyday Diabetes Hero Who's Taking It One Day at a Time

Courtney Lovell remembers vividly when her little sister, Marah, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As the eldest in a family of seven children, Courtney was her mom's right hand.

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Noah Moore Juggles Life With Diabetes
Noah Moore Juggles Life With Diabetes

Just after he turned sixteen, Noah Moore got type 1 diabetes for Christmas. It didn't seem like a gift at the time, but it sent him on a journey of creative diabetes advocacy that has made his life into a gift to us all.

Comments 0 comments - Aug 9, 2007 - * * * * *

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