Diabetes Self-Management Blog

Scott Coulter

Scott Coulter

Scott Coulter is a Philadelphia-based therapist and musician. Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 15, he has had a strong desire to share the knowledge he’s gained in both his personal and professional lives to help others living with diabetes. In his role as a therapist, Scott has worked with individuals and families struggling to face the challenges that come with a chronic medical condition. And as a musician, Scott has spent a good deal of time on the road, learning to manage his diabetes while living off gas station breakfasts and working until 3 AM every night. Away from work, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and four cats, catching up on the latest episode of Breaking Bad, and taking time to write.


Patterned Behaviors

Dealing with diabetes is all about living a fully present, fully conscious life. It’s not the kind of thing that we can figure out once and then forget about — it’s something we need to continually monitor and “recheck…”

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Toughen Up, Kids

So I’ve been codirecting a jazz camp this week for the school where I teach piano. It’s a weeklong camp, with about 15 students. Already, we’ve had a few quit because they felt they weren’t up to the challenge. And this has got me to thinking about the idea of facing challenges in a broader context.,,

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I’ve Said It Before…

I read today that the GOP is pretty much set to sue Obama. What happened? We’ve never agreed on everything, but we were never SUPPOSED to agree on everything. So I say it again: It’s time for Diabetians to take over! What group of people is better equipped to deal with momentary frustration without overreacting?

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A Series of Unfortunate Meals…

I’m writing this week from North Carolina, site of my family reunion. We’ve all come together to celebrate my cousin’s wedding in Atlanta, and then all made the trek up to Highlands, NC, where my grandfather lived for the last 30 years of his life…

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Sick Week*

As annoying as this is, weeks like this happen every so often, and there isn’t much we can do about them. But while they’re miserable regardless of who you are, for Diabetians weeks like this can be even worse. We can feel like we’re getting hit twice, first by whatever illness has lodged itself in our body, and then by diabetes..

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Wink at Diabetes

Diabetes is a very serious condition, one that can cause great suffering in our lives, and, ultimately, something that can take our lives. But we still are the ones who get to define what it MEANS in our lives, and I think Jan Chait gave us a wonderful example to follow…

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Technology Is Amazing… So Are We

So I read an article this week detailing the results of a very small clinical trial using an artificial pancreas. The pancreas was made using a modified iPhone, a continuous blood glucose monitor, and a traditional insulin pump setup…

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Summer of Health!

So my wife and I have decided to get healthy this summer, deeming this our “Summer of Health” — we’ve got a poster board and everything (this is what happens when two teachers decide to do something)…

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Enjoy Your Life!

If there’s one lesson I’ve had to learn over and over again, it’s the need to set limits. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. I think Diabetians often have a hard time setting limits for ourselves. Diabetes is many things, but mostly it’s a CONSTANT thing…

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Motivation

I was asked recently what keeps me motivated to manage my diabetes. I thought it was a great question. On the surface, it sounds pretty simple — what motivates us to manage our diabetes is a desire to stay healthy, to stay alive, to avoid pain, all of that basic, instinctual stuff. But motivation is a much more complicated thing than that…

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