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Friday, April 1, 2011

It's A Party Post!!!!!

Managing Type 1 Diabetes can feel all consuming at times.

Sometimes I forget that I'm not an insulin pump...or a pancreas.

I'm just a mom.

Yup.  A random mom with dinner to make, laundry to fold, kids to taxi, and a dog that needs to be fed.

I'm joining the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and branching out to meet some other Blogging Mamas.  Not because I don't LOVE my D Mamas....just because it's something different...and different is nice sometimes :)

But don't be fooled.  I have motive.  The truth is that I want to make sure every mother everywhere knows the signs of Type 1 Diabetes.  Where thousands of mothers gather, so must accurate information about a disease that many know very little about.  Let's face it....before the end of this year, a few of those mothers will probably come to realize that Type 1 Diabetes has become their reality....and, if they're lucky, they'll recognize the situation before it becomes life threatening.

BUT's 5 random tidbits about myself that have nothing to do with diabetes advocacy....

1)     I'm not materialistic.  I could care less about name brand purses, snazzy shoes, or expensive jeans.  I'm happiest when surrounded by the people I love and it doesn't matter how much cash is in our pockets.

2)    I have a weakness for Cheetos.  The puffy kind.  I can't explain it.

3)     I have been a R.N. since 1995.  I've worked ER, PACU, and L&D.  Now I work from home as a telephone triage nurse.  

4)     This is my real hair color.  People ask me all the time if I color my hair.  No.  I don't.  I never have.  It's strawberry blonde -- more strawberry in the fall/winter (that picture was taken in November) and more blonde in the spring/summer.

5)     I like to dip my food.  My ideal meal would be made up of a variety of cut up veggies and crackers with a plethora of flavors to dip them into....dressings, cheese dips, salsas, olive dips, and on and on and on!!!

And, before I go....if you're checking out this blog for the first time, please take a minute to print off the signs and symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes.  Type 1 Diabetes doesn't discriminate regarding age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status.  It can affect any child (and also some adults, though usually under the age of 40) regardless whether or not there is any history of any type of diabetes anywhere in the family.

Be aware...

Taken from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's website:

Knowing the warning signs for type 1 diabetes (medically known as diabetes mellitus) could save a life.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes (these may occur suddenly):
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness
If you or someone you love exhibits one or more of these symptoms, call a doctor immediately.

Education about the symptoms of type 1 diabetes is critical because type 1 can easily be mistaken for more common illnesses, such as the flu, and misdiagnosis can have tragic consequences.

Approximately 3 million Americans have type 1 diabetes.  Each year, more than 15,000 children - 40 per day - are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S.

Knowing the symptoms of type 1 diabetes can save a life. Please share what you've learned with everyone--family, friends, teachers, doctors. Until a cure is found, the more who know, the more lives will be saved.

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  1. I'm joining in from the UBP11. Thank you for an informative post! I wouldn't have known those signs and symptoms if I didn't read this. I look forward to reading more from you.

  2. Love it!! I may need to join the party!!! Doesn't everyone need a good party now and then... And we NEED to rIse awareness for T1D...

  3. Love your hair color! This sounds awesome:)

  4. Thats a great motive, I feel the same way! Have fun :)

  5. Are you SURE you don't dye it???
    I'm just kidding... I couldn't help myself :)

  6. Your hair is f-ing gorgeous Wendy! I highlight mine fo' sho'. I love that you are putting out the s/s for other moms to review. Sadly, this could be anyone's child...or anytime. Recognizing the s/s could save lives.

  7. What an informative blog, & so helpful for many! (And your girls are adorable!) Stopping by from the Blog Party! Have a great night!

  8. Great post! Love your hair color, btw! And fun to get to learn a little non-D related stuff about you too!

  9. I'm so impressed. All you ladies think of so many great things! And? I *love* your hair! Asking if you color it is indeed a compliment! : )

  10. i love the heart you have for advocacy. i have been thinking lately that when you have your baby in hospital and they issue us here in Oz with a 'baby record book' and it has a plethora of info about baby products, id loooove to see an information sheet about the signs/symptoms of t1d. doesnt seem hard or expensive, but could save lives. i also advocate for routine checks at GP offices when kids go for vaccines. good work, i LOVE your motives xx.

  11. what a fun party. I have enjoyed finding so many new blogs..

    Hope you will stop by...I have some extra giveaways that require nothing but a jumping through hoops.


  12. I'm with you on the Cheetos.I just discovered it after 4 years in Dubai and hooked to it! Urgh. There were no Cheetos in Japan!

    I'm visiting via UBP! :-)

    My party post is here:

  13. My daughter was dx'd T1 about 6 weeks ago. I've been blog hopping the last few days and found you. I thought I'd better de-lurk and say hi.

    I knew they had already run tests checking for Celiac Disease, but had no idea what it was, and honestly, haven't had a chance to ask. Thanks for the 1 in 133 post.

    Great party post, too. I don't know where I picked up on the symptoms of T1 but somewhere along the way I did. Knowing them helped us get our daughter diagnosed before she got scary sick.

  14. Hello! Love your blog. Find me at
    P.S. Also if you can find a minute and vote for me as elenka29 here
    (it's a competition to get into fitness bootcamp for moms. There is no registration - just click and submit). Looking forward to reading more of your posts

  15. It's hard to not lose yourself as an advocate for you child. I struggle with the same thing, I am non-stop Autism/seizures/ADHD. It's hard!!! Love your blog, I'm excited to read more. I'm actually prediabetic right now and have always had sugar issues as a child. Kudos to you for sharing the news with other mommies.
    I'm a new follower, find me @

  16. Great hair color! You go mom!!

    Stopping by from the Ultimate blog party. Check us out at

  17. Howdy!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

    And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)

  18. I’m a new follower from UBP11. I just wanted to say hello. Please stop by to visit my blog and check out my giveaways while you’re there.


  19. Hi! I'm stopping by from the is going to take me a while to go through all of the links, but I am really enjoying meeting new bloggers! My dad has Type 1 Diabetes so I think it is on my mind a lot in regards to my own children. Thanks for the reminders. What a great way to get the word out about the S/S. I am also an RN currently working as a SAHM for now.

    Come over and visit to see how I am creating a healthy home for my family if you get the chance! I'm your newest follower!

  20. Loved learnig 5 new things about you! And Great job spreading awareness of the s/s of Type 1!

  21. I am still Blog Hopping from the Ultimate Blog Party for 2011 and hope that one of my blogs interests you too! I also do a weekend hop open Thursday's 10pm-Sunday's 11:59 PM EST please come link up your blog, FB and Twitter any weekend! weekend hop here!

    Have a great day!


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While I'm happy to share our experiences with what works, and what doesn't work, for the management of Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease in our house, please do not mistake anything you read here for medical advice. Decisions regarding your/your child's health care should be made only with the assistance of your medical care team. Use any information from this blog at your own risk.