Category Archives: Personal Stories

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

A DH Classic: Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

(Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in October 2008. Laura Plunkett’s observations are timeless, and her comments elicited several interesting responses from readers.) I drift through the Halloween aisles getting angry. Did they make up this holiday just to torture kids with diabetes? What happened to apples, popcorn, tricks, and homemade treats? Halloween scares … Continue reading A DH Classic: Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

Learn To Control Your Diabetes, Before It Controls You

A Diabetes Health Classic. This article originally was published on June 20, 2007. Late one evening while watching TV with my husband Phil, I reminded him to check his glucose level. His reply was the usual: “I’ll do it later.” Knowing him as I do, I was frustrated. He has the tendency to procrastinate, so … Continue reading Learn To Control Your Diabetes, Before It Controls You

Doctors Can Be Everyday Heroes, Too

Dr. Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM is a very interesting man. He served as the Acting Surgeon General of the United States in 2006 and was made Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute in October 2007. The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute is designed to serve as a home for the diabetes … Continue reading Doctors Can Be Everyday Heroes, Too

Her Last-Minute Competition Entry Nets This Playwright Professor a $100,000 Grant

It’s late October, 2007, and Prof. Wendy Coleman has just learned about a competition called the Bayer Dream Fund. Coleman, a type 2 who was diagnosed in 2005, has been told that the fund grants a large cash award to the competition winner – money the winner can use to fund a personal project designed … Continue reading Her Last-Minute Competition Entry Nets This Playwright Professor a $100,000 Grant

Dudley Retires After 16 Years in the NBA

The National Basketball Association officially announced the retirement of Chris Dudley, after a 16-year NBA career. Dudley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 16. He went on to graduate from Yale University and then to become a professional basketball player. During his career, the 6-foot 11-inch Dudley played center with the Cleveland Cavaliers, … Continue reading Dudley Retires After 16 Years in the NBA

My Personal Experience Using the New NovoLog Insulin

As you may be aware, NovoLog (insulin aspart) is the new rapid-acting insulin analog from Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc. On paper, its action is supposed to be similar to Lilly’s Humalog (insulin lispro). However, my experience, as well as the experiences of other people I’ve talked to who are using it in pumps, is very … Continue reading My Personal Experience Using the New NovoLog Insulin