I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1978 at age 5. For many years, I had difficulty accepting my diabetes, but eventually, I made peace with it. Those struggles and the evolution of my perspective on life with diabetes have been transformative. Today, I am dedicated to managing my diabetes, and grateful for all it has taught me, the people it has brought into my life, and the opportunities I have had because of it. I wear a pump and CGM, count carbs, and my dog, Kaylee, makes sure I exercise.
As I balance diabetes management with enjoying life and achieving my goals, I’m able to keep diabetes in the background most of the time. When it slows me down, I try to be patient and forgiving of diabetes, and when I lose my patience with diabetes, I try to be patient and forgiving of myself. Blogging allows me to share my diabetes story, the good and the bad, and it helps me deal with the ups and downs of this relentless disease. It allows me to connect with others, some of whom relate to my experience, some of whom have had very different experiences, and some of whom are looking for insight or guidance on their own diabetes journeys. Either way, we’re in this together, and blogging is a way for me to contribute to the broader Diabetes Online Community conversation.
My diabetes advocacy efforts include Diabetes Art Day and the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange, web-based art initiatives for people affected by diabetes. Professionally, I’m an art therapist dedicated to helping people with diabetes through creative expression. I have a private practice (consider that a “Friendly Link”) in the Philadelphia suburbs, where I provide art therapy and psychotherapy to people with diabetes. I also facilitate art therapy workshops, and present on diabetes and mental health for patient and professional groups. I’m currently working on my doctorate in expressive therapies, and hope to advance knowledge and understanding of the potential that art has to help people with diabetes through my research.
In my personal time, I love being with my husband, Jason, Kaylee, and iguana, Darwin. Jason and I are avid movie-goers, and have a solid list of favorite TV shows (Modern Family, True Blood, Walking Dead, New Girl, Doctor Who…), and in the fall, we watch the Eagles. I’m a painter, and spend much of my free time working on my art. I also enjoy other creative activities like crafts, photography, writing, and cooking, and I love to travel.
Last modified: August 2013