Americans observe the month of May as Mental Health Month, to assist with raising awareness about the one of five Americans who are affected by a mental illness. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chose to promote the theme of “CureStigma”. Stigma is defined as, “a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.” Living with any type of medical condition is draining enough, but when as a society people stigmatize you because you are living with a mental illness, it can bring on more feelings of shame and silence.
Read my full blogpost at Center for Change’s website…
Twelve years ago, I was entering my junior year at Hope College. I was excited to be transferring to a new college, but even more so to be trying out my very first Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). It was made by Medtronic and the transmitter was quite large, so you had to use a lot of tape to keep it close to your skin, the insertion was quite painful, often causing blood to surface, the numbers weren’t that accurate, and you had to keep the sensors in the refrigerator. But even with all the drawbacks, I desperately wanted my quality of life as a college junior to improve and the CGM held the promise of that.
A handful of years after that experience I transferred to the Dexcom. I absolutely loved it! The numbers on the CGM were so much more accurate to my blood glucose meter readings. Last week I received the brand-new G6 kit in the mail so I could review it for OnTrack Diabetes. (It’s being officially released to consumer sometime in June). My younger brother (also a T1D) and I did a Facebook Live about the insertion process and the differences between the G5 (what he uses) and the G6.
Click here to read the full review for On Track Diabetes…
I got the chance to interview country music star and fellow type 1, Ben Rue last week for OnTrack Diabetes. Listen here to the podcast about how a busy musician manages his blood sugar, saves money on supplies and what he’s doing to raise awareness about diabetes.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m passionate about helping people with diabetes. My brother and I were diagnosed at ages five and 13 with type 1 diabetes. Growing up in Baxter, Minnesota, our pharmacist dad and our wonderful mom ensured we were on the right track with the correct medications and eating not just healthfully but in line with diabetes guidelines.
I went on to volunteer to help educate others about the disease, serve on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities, and to even speak nationally about my chronic condition. That’s why I’m so bothered by something I’ve heard repeatedly across the country. People are struggling to get the medicines they need because of insurance policies that place unreasonable delays in the process and jeopardize patient health.
In my home state of Minnesota, in addition to others, the big problem is step therapy. Thankfully, legislation is being introduced to change things before it gets worse.
Read the rest of my blogpost at On Track Diabetes…