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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.
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…
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..
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…
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…
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)…
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…
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…
It drives me up the WALL when something doesn’t work and there is no clear reason WHY. Most people get frustrated with this, but it drives me absolutely batty! I think this absolute impatience with unpredictable malfunction comes from diabetes…
I just got back from Canada, where I played a couple shows with a local band that goes up there every now and then. It was a fun trip, a good couple of shows, and now I’m back home, enjoying my own bed and the comforts of home…
I’m coming up on a milestone — 20 years of life with diabetes! I’m 35 now, and I was diagnosed with this disease during the summer of my fifteenth year! It’s both hard to believe it’s been that LONG and at the same time hard to remember any of what it felt like to NOT have diabetes…
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