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Scott Coulter

Scott Coulter

Scott Coulter is a Philadelphia-based musician and music educator. He is currently the keyboardist for several Philadelphia-area bands, including the Dirk Quinn Band, The Wallace Brothers Band, and his own original project, Get Happy. In addition to performing, Scott teaches jazz piano at the Settlement Music School. Scott was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 15 and has spent a great deal of time learning how to successfully manage his blood sugar while living part-time on the road and working until 3 AM on a regular basis. Scott is married to a beautiful, supportive, extraordinary wife, and together they are the proud parents of four cats.


We’re Getting There…Eventually

I’m glad we have the FDA. I’m glad we take our time testing things before rushing them to market. I’m glad medical advances are thoroughly vetted before being widely adopted and used in the general population. However, when it comes to research on “Type 1 diabetes cures,” it is enough to drive you mad!

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Information at Our Fingertips

It’s a great time to be a Diabetian! Well, there’s not really any great time to be a Diabetian — we’d all trade it in if we could — but if we’re gonna have this condition, having it in this current information age is a huge plus…

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The Outside Like the Inside

My wife and I have been updating our house this summer. What started as just an idea to update the color of one room has turned into a pretty hefty makeover. In the midst of all of this, I’ve noticed my rate of monitoring has gone up and I’ve been much more diligent and organized about my blood sugar…

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Righteous Anger!

It is so much easier to hate than to understand; so much easier to project than to introspect; so much easier to blame than to take stock and take control. I was all set this week to write some “therapeutic” bit about how I hate diabetes, and how hating diabetes is our right, and on down that road…

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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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