Casting Shadows #HAWMC Day 5

#HAWMC Day 5: Ekphrasis Post. Go to and write a post inspired by the image. Can you link it to your health focus? Don’t forget to post the image!


We all cast the same shadows in the end.
cc 1994 Eden Politte

We all cast the same shadows in the end.  The SAME shadows.  Let me phrase that a bit differently; We all cast shadows.  This is both a boringly obvious statement and one that I find to be extremely profound.  A shadow is simply a darkened space that results from light being absorbed by some object in its path.  A shadow is inevitable.  My shadow is not impacted by anything; not my choice of career, my belief, or lack there of, in any deities, my genetic heritage, or the status of my pancreas.  As Kerri, over at SUM, likes to say, “Diabetes doesn’t define me…”  My shadow is mine and it shades just as effectively as anyone else’s.

How’s that for profound? Or boringly obvious?


#HAWMC Catch-Up, Days 1-4

I signed up for #HAWMC (To quote the WEGO bloggers: “we pronounce it ‘ha-mick,’ FYI” aka Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge) couple weeks ago then promptly forgot about it.  Then, today I noticed a bunch of blogs on the same theme, remembered about the challenge, and am now playing catch up.  So, toady’s post will briefly touch on all of the prompts from days 1-4.  I hop that’s ok with everyone?  Who am I kidding – I’d like to see anyone try and stop me 😉

So here goes nothing:

Day 1: Health Time Capsule. Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you & your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it? What would people think of it when they found it?

My time capsule would include a glucometer and strips, a full set of pump stuff including an infusion site and cartridge, a Dex sensor and applicator, an of glucogon pen, a glucose tab tube, an empty insulin vial, a syringe, and lancet, and a photo of me, looking happy,  decked out in my workout gear with my pump and Dex hanging off of my sports bra.

I would hope that the D-technology of 2112 will have made most of these things obsolete and whoever finds my capsule will think that the girl in the photo must have been some sort of masochist to use such instruments of torture and consider herself lucky to have such a high standard of care.  Silly 21st Century diabetics…

Day 2: Quote Prompt. Find a quote that inspires you (either positively or negatively) and free write about it for 15 minutes.

“Your walk talks, and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.” ~Unkown

This quote is one that has been my personal mantra for as long as I’ve known it.  It is written below my Senior photo in my high school yearbook.  After googling the quote to try and uncover it’s source I found that it is most often used within a religious context.  I am not a religious person, but this quote speaks to me nonetheless.

I have never been a particularly eloquent speaker but I have made every effort to practice all that I preach.  I try to conserve water and energy.  I recycle, even when it’s inconvenient.  I try to avoid distracting internet memes while I’m at work (not doing so well at this one today).  I buy a hot coffee for the homeless guy on the street corner in the winter.  I do what I can.

And recently, I feel more confident that when people see me live my life as a diabetic, my “walk” is advocating for T1Ds everywhere.

Day 3: Superpower Day. If you had a superpower – what would it be? How would you use it?

Well, there’s the obvious: if I were a superhero, I’d be called Dr. D and I’d have the ability to jump start lazy beta cells with one blink of an eye.

But that feels like a cop-out.

I think I would actually like my superpower to be some sort of super computing brain power.  I could look at my Dex graph, consider all variables from the day and choose the exact appropriate response with a >99.9% success rate.

No variable is too obscure for Dr. D. My motto: Take that diabetes! (Said with my hands firmly on my hips, and my chin pointed high to the sky.)

I can still be called Dr. D and I would wear big black framed glasses with tape across the nose arch.  The glasses would help me channel my power and my only kryptonite would be Gluconite, a rare glucose derivative that thwarts my super cognitive abilities and coats my tongue in a fuzzy woolen sweater.

Day 4: I write about my health because… Reflect on why you write about your health for 15-20 minutes without stopping.

Like I said last time, I blog for me.  Everything else is just icing on the cake (made with real sugar, not that Splenda crap).


So, here’s to hoping I make it further in this #HAWMC than I did last year!

Diabetes Loves Company #HAWMC

I write about my health because diabetes loves company.

Diabetes is a lonely disease.  Of the 8.3% of Americans who have diabetes, only 5% of diabetics have type 1.  Only 0.26% of all American’s under 20 have any form of diabetes – I was one of those 0.26% for 14 years of my life.  I’ve never really lived my life without diabetes but at the same time, I had no idea how other diabetics lived their lives.

When I first discovered the DOC, I clicked through blog after blog and read for hours, drinking in all of the information and anecdotes.  I suddenly felt, for the first time in my life, that diabetes was something I could tackle.  Up until that point, I had chosen to live my D-life mostly in denial but my new boyfriend, M, had been putting on the pressure for me to take better care of myself.  Before the DOC, the activation energy just seemed too high and I didn’t want to even try for fear of failure.  But suddenly there were SO MANY people living with this disease, my disease, that it suddenly didn’t seem impossible anymore.

So, as selfish as it sounds, I blog for me.  I am immersing myself in a community of people who are all living with and struggling through the same things as me.  And I am putting myself in a position where I can be a role model to others because it forces me to take an honest look at myself and be the best PWD I can.  If someone else comes along and reads what I have to say and is helped, then I am fine with that too.


Today’s post is in response to the month-long blogging challenge hosted by

Diabetes Haiku #HAWMC

I missed day 4 of the #HAWMC…I hang my head in shame.  But I did manage to post something…I just wasn’t feeling entirely creative.  Oh well.

Today is a different story.  Today I have mustered up the creativity to put together 17 syllables of poetry.  Are you impressed?  So, once again, here goes nothing…

Dreaming of ice cream.

Chocolate cake and pizza too!

Bring on the insulin!

(For some reason I feel that a haiku needs to be written in the color of bamboo…not sure why.)

Yahoo Answers #HAWMC

Q: How does Alice in Wonderland illustrate life with diabetes?

Best Answer (Chosen by Asker):


“It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”


Asker’s Rating:
5 out of 5




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