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ADVOCATE: n. [ad-vuh-kit, -keyt]: a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc.

It’s really not very hard … and it’s really important. After all, who’s more important to your own life than you? It is survival.


21th Annual Shooting Stars JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Newport Beach, CA at The Waffle House

For a contribution of $50 (or MORE!), walkers will receive a VERY COOL Shooting Stars Team T-Shirt while supplies last. Contact Joanne if you are interested in attending the event. To donate on-line, please go to:

One Lump or Two? Things that Suck about being Diabetic

Haidee Soule Merritt is a “self-proclaimed” realist and cartoonist, doodling her life of personal struggles and experiences with Type 1 diabetes.  Her little book of drawings couched in her “dark sense of humor.”  Some are funny, some are snarky, some are angry, all are interesting and grounded in the reality of living with diabetes. 
Click on the cover below to Buy The Book NOW!

Savvy in Hollywood: Talking about Advocates

I had another great opportunity to be a T1d cohost on The Bonnie Sher Show … she now calls me her “Roving T1 Co Host”!  And I got to talk about an issue that I feel is extremely important to us T1ds.  (By the way, my section stars at 30 minutes into the broadcast!)


Identify what you need an advocate to do
How to choose and ask someone to be your advocate
And then how to educate and train your advocate and give him/her tools and lists

We are all taught the word CONTROL when we are first diagnosed.  And many of us avoid situations (such as hospitals) where we have the CONTROL taken away from us.  But we can’t always predict when we might be in that situation (my experiences had nothing to do directly with diabetes, such as appendicitis when I was 3000 miles away from home).  The next best thing to staying away from those situations is BEING PREPARED. 

I’d love to enlist your help and feedback as I develop a workbook and task list to educate your advocates.  I’ve set up a page on my website called Advocate … and an email address: Please make comments and send me emails on any ideas or needs you might think we could all use.  If you’ve developed a great way of training someone to be your advocate, please share that with me by email. If you have diagrams or checklists or pictures, please let me know if I might share them.

Let’s create something that helps us, our advocates and ultimately, the health care professionals treat us in the best healthful way, to get you home quickly and without undue excitement.

I’m looking forward to your help!  Many […]

Savvy Humor: Mankoff’s “Not Covered”

Just a little “giggle” from Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor of The New Yorker for the past 20 years.  He is stepping down from that post but certainly not retired! Thanks Mr. Mankoff for all your humor!

SAVVY UPDATES 1/10/2017: Fun Tidbits

A WOMAN with TYPE1 is the Next UK Prime Minister!  Thanks to InsulinNation, Theresa May became prime minister of the United Kingdom in July 2016! May was diagnosed with T1 in November 2012 at age 56, and uses daily insulin injections.

Read more:

Will a Woman with Type 1 be the Next UK Prime Minister?
Wikipedia: Theresa Mary Brasier May




Nude Diabetes Advocacy Calendar 2017, published in Finland with profits going to fund the operation of Diabetesseura Plasma, a Finnish Diabetes Association focusing on the cause and raising the awareness of Type 1 diabetes in Finland.


Read more AND order: Nude Diabetes Advocacy Calendar 2017




10 Weird Things People Have Eaten for Lows, from InsulinNation, 4 January 2017 … definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart.  As Craig Idlebrook says, “We all know that a glucose tablet or glucose gel is the proper way to treat a low, but that isn’t always what happens. Sometimes people with Type 1 diabetes are forced to fend off hypoglycemia with whatever is within arm’s reach. According to an extremely informal Facebook poll, here are 10 weird “foods” people with Type 1 diabetes have used to treat a low.”  I’m only sharing 3 of these 10 … please go to Read more for the rest.  AND, please comment here if you too have eaten something pretty strange to treat a low!

Cake frosting spread on hot dog buns.  ~ Angie P.
 A partial jar of maraschino cherries in the middle of the night. It worked, but it was about 10 years before I could eat another maraschino cherry.  ~ Berea F.
 My wife has taken shots of Hershey’s chocolate syrup.  ~ Blake H.

Read more: 10 Weird Things People Have Eaten for Lows


Savvy Humor: Top 12 Things Dr. Banting May OR May Not Have Said

The Diabetes Hero Squad, also known as the GlucoseMeterDuo, also known as Slaight Brad (Dee Hero) on Facebook brings humor every day in the online community.  Sometimes I just laugh out loud.  You can follow him on FB … here’s a little sample … ENJOY!


A Little Humor: Knock Knock Jokes about T1d

I just had to share this with you … something to make you smile, despite your challenges living with diabetes.  You might laugh, giggle or groan … ENJOY a sampler … and then click here: 8 Knock Knock Jokes About T1D

My special thanks for permission to Craig Idlebrook from Insulin Nation (

Knock knock
Who’s there?
A cure for diabetes.
A cure for diabetes who?
I’ll come back in 5 to 10 years.







Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Tess who?
Test strips all over your front step. Does someone with diabetes live here?









Knock knock
Who’s there?
High who?
Knock knock
Who’s there?
Low who?
Knock knock
Who’s there?
A malfunctioning meter. Please test again.


InsulinNation: Sh*t People Say to People with Diabetes

This is a great, short video … “Hey, are you allowed to smile with diabetes???”

Thanks Craig Idlebrook, InsulinNation





Don’t Eat The Whole Piece of Bread!

How to Go Low Carb!

Don’t Eat The Whole Piece of Bread

Diabetes Blog Week (My Tip): SMILE~ LAUGH~ GIGGLE

The topic is Tips and Tricks, everything from how I organize for travel to how I keep track of medications to what I do that is “unconventional.”
I SMILE.  A lot.  And often.  As often as possible, I LAUGH or GIGGLE.  This is NOT a cop-out.  I really SMILE or LAUGH or GIGGLE as a way to cope and get by and feel better. I don’t actually always feel like smiling or laughing or giggling.  But I do it to feel better, reduce my anxiety and help me put it all into perspective.  Plus I just think I look younger that way

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,but
sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”  
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Benefits of Smiling and Laughing (that includes Giggling)

Neurotransmitters called endorphins are released when you smile. These are triggered by the movements of the muscles in your face, which is interpreted by your brain, which in turn releases these chemicals. Endorphins are responsible for making us feel happy, and they also help lower stress levels. Faking a smile or laugh works as well as the real thing—the brain doesn’t differentiate between real or fake as it interprets the positioning of the facial muscles in the same way. This is known as the facial feedback hypothesis. The more we stimulate our brain to release this chemical the more often we feel happier and relaxed.

Endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed. They also act as the body’s natural pain killers. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management, as can laughing off the pain when you bump an elbow or fall over.

While the release of endorphins is increased, […]

Sunday Smiles from Diabetes Sniglets

Thanks to Melissa Lee (blogger of, recent interim CEO of DiabetesHands Foundation and currently social media and marketing coordinator at Bigfoot Biomedical Technologies) for this very hilarious Diabetes Sniglets!

In the 1980’s, Sniglets were a series of books about sniglets: any single word that doesn’t appear in the dictionary, but should.” To play a Game of Sniglets, you create a new nonsense word, repurpose an old one, make combinations, etc. … and then define the word.



For example:

diameter – the distance travelled by a person with diabetes to reach his or her glucose meter
diaphragm  – the muscle used for deep, calm breaths when someone asks, ‘Did you eat too much sugar?’
diabolical  – how one acts when blood sugar is high

Read more at:

And here is your challenge:

Can you come up with some Sniglets? Submit them to me at  I’ll post them all at the end of the month. Put your thinking caps on, get the creative juices going … and do the Sniglet!