By Pam Durant  /  April 19, 2018

How To Support A Diabetes Diagnosis In The Family

"Your child has Type 1 Diabetes" was not an easy thing to hear. Those first days and months were a real struggle as we adjusted to the realities of this condition, how it would affect my son throughout his life and how to manage it on a daily basis. Diabetes Is A Family Affair The learning curve in the first year is steep and it has an impact on the whole family. Life changes for the entire family – everything from routines to personal or career priorities change.  Young siblings are also affected as they can feel neglected or have difficulty adjusting to the new routine of living with a brother or sister with diabetes.  While a diagnosis of diabetes...
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By Pam Durant  /  April 5, 2018

Diabetes Sick Days

What does a diabetes sick day look like? Often, it looks like the flu. Know the signs of diabetes. If your child has diabetes, any flu-like symptoms should be treated seriously.
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By Pam Durant  /  March 22, 2018

Diabetes and Sport – Team Novo Nordisk Leads The Way

Never let anyone tell you that diabetes and sport don’t mix. Team Novo Nordisk is the first professional cycling team to be comprised completely of cyclists living with Type 1 Diabetes. My son and I had the honour of watching them race in the Dubai Tour recently.
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By Pam Durant  /  March 15, 2018

Late Night Reflections – The Wonder of Being a Diabetes Caretaker

Recently it was book character day at my son’s school. This is an annual thing where all the kids get to dress as their favorite character from a book that they have read. My son chose Auggie Pullman from the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. I loved this book on so many levels because of its message of acceptance.
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By Pam Durant  /  March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018

International Women's Day has become bigger every year since it started. This year with the political discussions in the West, particularly after the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements across social media, International Women's Day 2018 feels bigger than ever.
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By Pam Durant  /  March 1, 2018

Diabetes Myths: News, Not Quite Newsworthy, and False

Type 1 Diabetes is Widely Misunderstood Diabetes myths are dangerous. They have the potential to kill. I subscribe to various news alerts about diabetes. There is so much happening in the world of medical research and technology that it would be impossible to keep up with it all from just one source. How else could I have learned recently about the potential of the malaria vaccine to help Type1s produce insulin (later refuted), or a new joint venture that will bring an implantable Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) to market. Many exciting things are happening every day. While I cannot read every single newsflash, for the articles I do read, I have a mental categorization: News, Not Quite Newsworthy, and False. Not...
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By Pam Durant  /  February 15, 2018

My Diabetes Mantras

What is my diabetes mantra? Good question. I think it changes often. After experiencing a couple of DKAs, and stubborn insertion sites that have tried my patience, I have often resorted to the What goes up, must come down mantra.   The song Spinning Wheels plays in my head often.     I don't sing this out loud for my son, nor do I even say it, but it is in my head.  A gentle reminder to my impatient, frustrated internal mind.   I just take a deep breath, and know that eventually, the number on the blood sugar meter will come down to something acceptable. And if it doesn't come down, I pop the analogous blood sugar balloon with an injection to ensure it...
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By Pam Durant  /  February 1, 2018

Identify With it, But Don’t Let it Define You – My Diabetes Motto

Identify with it, but don't let it define you. I decided that this is one of my diabetes mottos for my child.  Last week was Sports Day at my son's school. As I watched he and his classmates enjoy the day, one thing that struck me was how much my son had grown and how strong and coordinated he is now. Just a few weeks before his 7th birthday, he participated in eight different events and not once did he complain, lose interest or even seem tired. He did his best every time and was also supportive of his teammates. As we headed home, I started to think about this. Outside of checking his blood sugar at the break, and...
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By Pam Durant  /  January 24, 2018

The Diabetes Roller Coaster

I often use a roller coaster analogy to explain to doctors and nurses about the true grief process of a parent after their child receives a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. It's now been 8 years since my son's diagnosis. These days, when I see a roller coaster, although I am reminded of that initial period of shock and grief, the analogy strikes me a little differently. The diabetes roller coaster 8 years on is more about the ups and downs of overcoming fear or dealing with stubborn blood sugars. I always see these monster roller coasters my son wants to ride and think... geez, is this a good idea? I am a little scared for some reason. I have my...
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By Pam Durant  /  January 18, 2018

Can’t – The Four-Letter Word That No Person with Diabetes Should Use

A little while back, someone in the Diabetic Online Community suggested we write about a particularly inspirational topic. The topic was "I can." There are so many things a person with diabetes can do. Diabetes should not stand in anyone's way. So I want to share an experience I wrote about last year. Although it happened some time ago, I still feel very strongly about this subject. When A Child with Diabetes Says "I Can't", It's Heartbreaking. About a year or two after diagnosis, my son told me that he could not do something. He said "I can't".  I do not even remember exactly what it was he thought he couldn't do, but all of my hair stood up on...
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