Category Archives: Motivation

Diabetic Chef Teaches America Reality Cooking

When Chris Smith was 27, he got bad news in the form of a type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Now known as the Diabetic Chef, Smith is making the most of having diabetes by “re-teaching America to cook.” ‘Reality Cooking’ Smith calls his culinary style “reality cooking.” He authored “Cooking With the Diabetic Chef,” a 150- … Continue reading Diabetic Chef Teaches America Reality Cooking

Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages

Last summer, I led the third annual swim-run biathlon for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, which hosts two Massachusetts camps for children with type 1-Camp Joslin for boys and Camp Clara Barton for girls. It was at Camp Joslin that I met a memorable eight-year-old boy who exemplifies what being a diabetes hero is … Continue reading Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages

Together, On Our Own

“If you weren’t having this conversation with me, who, other than your wife, would you be having it with?”  That question, in response to something I’d said about treating my nine-year-old daughter’s diabetes, was posed to me over the phone by a friend I had made less than six months earlier. She has a daughter … Continue reading Together, On Our Own

Give Your Relationship a Reality Check

Having a chronic disease like diabetes can put a great deal of pressure on a relationship. In fact the divorce rate for people with chronic diseases is known to be higher than that of the general population. It’s important for everyone to carefully consider a potential life partner; this is particularly true for a person … Continue reading Give Your Relationship a Reality Check

A Greater Sense of Responsibility and Independence

Make sure that when you inject the glucagon, you push down on the plunger with lots of force,” said the nurse practitioner. “It’s very important that you remember to do that!” My mom lowered her eyes and nodded. Although she was doing her best to stay calm, she was worried and I could tell. I … Continue reading A Greater Sense of Responsibility and Independence

Grassroots Diabetes Programs for Latinos Receive Support

In an effort to help fight the diabetes epidemic among the Latino population in the United States, organizations in four states have received $10,000 each from the Aventis Adelante! Diabetes Community Excellence Awards. The Spanish word “adelante” means “to preserve” or “to move forward.” These awards were designed to recognize initiatives that move beyond education … Continue reading Grassroots Diabetes Programs for Latinos Receive Support