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Fasting During Ramadan

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Because we are Muslim, every year for one month my family observes the fast for Ramadan. Fasting occurs from dawn until sunset; any time before and after we can eat as normal. I’ve been fasting for the month for as long as I can remember…

Friends for Life 2012: Part 2

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I’ve had diabetes longer than any of the kids in my group have been alive. I know that 9 going on 10 years isn’t THAT long, but I can honestly say it made me feel old. Growing up is such a fickle experience. One minute all you want is to get older, and the next you realize time is flying by faster than you can keep up…

Meeting Louis: FFL 2007

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There are moments in our lives that become the most important, and for me one such moment was back in 2007 at the Friends for Life (FFL) conference being held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. I’ve thought about writing this post for quite some time, but because it’s so personal I really wanted to wait for the right moment to do so…

Shout Out to the Siblings

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I spend a lot of my time talking about diabetes from my point of view or from the point of view of other people I know who have diabetes. Not that that’s at all unexpected or out of the ordinary, but I wanted to take this post to write about the siblings of those who have diabetes…

Thoughts On a Cure

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About a year and a half ago I attended a Children with Diabetes (CWD) conference in Marco Island, Florida, where there was a session held by someone from JDRF regarding the potential for a cure and what a cure might actually look like. I could tell from the start of the session that it wasn’t going to be one I particularly enjoyed…

ADA: “Undercover” Product Scout

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For five days in June, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) conference was held in my beautiful city, Philadelphia. I checked out the scene and gathered some interesting stuff to write about…

I Can’t Stop

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We all have at least one song that really gets us going. A song that comes on and gets you so pumped, so motivated, to just… GO! For me, that song is “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavilion. I use the same mentality when it comes to diabetes. I can’t stop. (Literally…)

Crisis Averted

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This past Thursday I saw an amazing documentary in Philadelphia with my mom, cousin, and two of my friends, called Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. In all, it was a really fantastic night…aside from my uncooperative blood sugars…

Impossible to Come Down From the High

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A person without diabetes reading that title would probably think so I was going through some awesome life experience and filled with happiness and euphoria. Unfortunately for me, it’s a literal blood sugar high that I could not come down from yesterday…

The End Of Freshman Year

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I truly cannot believe that as I sit here writing this I’m going into my absolute final week as a freshman in college. The hurdle has been conquered! Whoever said time flies really hit the nail on the head. But despite how quickly this year went by, I feel as though I held on to every moment and really appreciated all that it had to offer…

Friends for Life: Part 2

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So in the last week or so, not too much has changed in my diabetes care. No real exciting updates or particularly interesting stories to share, so I figure, why not write about something that is always exciting for me and that flows so naturally? The Children with Diabetes (CWD) conferences!

Road Trip!

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For as long as I can remember, my family has been driving on one trip or another.We’ve been taking these trips from before I was diagnosed, but after getting Type 1, we had to learn how to manage my diabetes while on the road…

Constant Lows

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For as long as I’ve had diabetes, it’s been a constant battle of trying to work against spikes or uncontrollable highs. However, for the past few weeks it’s been the exact opposite…

Tips for Staying Motivated

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One issue that I face on a regular basis is finding myself weary of dealing with diabetes. I just feel burnt out and not up to the task of staying on top of things. I’ve been thinking of the ways that I get myself out of these “diabetes ruts” and compiled it into what I hope will be a motivational blog post (both for you and for me!)…

Not Dead Yet

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This week I had one of those days where everything that could possibly go wrong did. I woke up low, super groggy, and super miserable. After eating breakfast, I decided to go back to sleep to start fresh in an hour or so…

The Pros and Cons of Type 1

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A little while back, I asked some of my friends with Type 1 diabetes what their favorite thing was about living with the condition, followed by their least favorite thing. I’ve decided to make a post out of those responses, in the hopes that those of you with Type 1 will be reminded that you’re not alone…

Woes of Lows

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One of my main challenges in controlling my blood glucose levels is maintaining control after exercise. I generally tend to spike after working out and then crash much later, around 5 AM, because I usually work out in the evening…

It’s Not a Test

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This week I had an appointment with my CDE, Gary, who I’ve been seeing since I was diagnosed. I remember when I initially started seeing Gary, I was always super nervous because he was a Type 1 pro…

Solo Endo Appointment

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This week I had my first endocrinologist appointment without my parents. I remember that there were plenty of times as a child when I was sitting in my appointments wishing I was old enough to just go on my own…

Children With Diabetes: Philly Conference

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you probably know at this point that my family and I are very involved with Children With Diabetes (CWD). As I sit and write this the Monday after the conference weekend (which I staffed at for the first time!), my heart feels so full…

Helpful Tips for Incoming College Freshmen

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Having completed my first semester of college, I think it’s about time that I share some really helpful tips for any high school seniors getting ready for their freshman year of college…

Get Real With Yourself

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We’ve all done it. We’ve all swept one problem or another under the rug until there is no option other than to face it. Once we eventually are forced to deal with whatever problem is facing us, there’s usually some regret over having waited so long to deal with it…

Communication is Key

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Before delving into this post, I feel the need for a mini-disclaimer about how amazing and wonderful my parents are! When it comes to diabetes, it can be easy to throw our parents under the bus for worrying too much…

The Importance of Consistency

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I absolutely cannot believe that as I’m sitting here, I’m about halfway through the second week of my second semester in college. The first semester truly flew by, but I can’t say that I miss it all too much…

My Mentor

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The most important lesson I learned my first semester of college is that you simply can’t do everything on your own, especially in terms of diabetes…

The Magic Number

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Today I had a major lightbulb moment that made me reevaluate my entire perspective on what it means to be successful in terms of controlling blood glucose…

College Living

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Hello, Diabetes Self-Management community! This is my first blog post for DSM, and I am absolutely ecstatic to be writing for them. Aside from my love of writing and general obsession with blogs, I love talking about diabetes. Strange perhaps, but it’s true…

 

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