Thursday, September 7, 2017

Chronic Illness and Mental Health…

Mindy is one of those friends who I met online first and immediately became a big fan.  She is smart and kind and shares thoughts and emotions courageously.  And after meeting her in real life, I found out my opinions of her were spot on.  Today I’m happy to host her here, as she tells you about her latest awesome project!

Bartleson PhotoI’ve been involved in the diabetes online community for a long time now, and I’ve been involved in the diabetes community in general since I was diagnosed when I was seven years old. When I graduated college and had more time and energy, I got more involved in the diabetes community. After getting more involved, I felt like something was missing. This was when I decided to take on a project.

Two years ago, I started the journey of writing a book about coming of age with chronic illness and mental health. My goal was to finish all of the content before I turned 24 so that rose-colored glasses wouldn’t impact how I looked at my experiences too much. I was able to meet this goal last fall!

I kept hearing the message of “you can do it!” I totally agree that yes, you can do it- whether it is living life with a chronic illness, getting through a life altering event, or even surviving the teen years. But I don’t hear the acknowledgment of “you can do it, but it might suck.” That’s what was missing. It’s hard to hear the world say you can do it even when you know you can without the acknowledgment that maybe it’s hard, annoying, costly, or whatever emotion you associate with it- including “it sucks.”

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I wanted to balance the positive and the negative of not just chronic illness and mental health, but also life. I started to do this more with my blog more after my first extreme run-in with diabetes burnout my junior year of college. I realized I wasn’t just lying to the rest of the world about what could be negative about diabetes, but I was also lying to myself. My goal is to be honest about the positive and the negative throughout the book.

I’ve always wanted to be an author, but to be perfectly honest, I never saw myself writing this type of book. I never thought I’d write about growing up with type 1 diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, loss, and a few other things, but that’s what I did. I’ve decided to pursue self-publishing and am using crowdfunding to make this happen!


Mindy is self-publishing an honest book about growing up with chronic illness and mental health. She wrote the content before rose colored glasses impacted her experiences too much. To help this book get published, you can visit the crowdfunding page to learn more, back her project, and help spread the word. You can also follow Mindy on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and her blog “There’s More to the Story”.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stars Aligned….

What do you call it when a whole bunch of great things happen on one day?  When the stars seem to have aligned for one perfect moment?  When more good happens than you could ever imagine?  Well, I called it Friday, September 1st.

To start off, it was my husband’s birthday.  And the start of a three day weekend.  So that right there makes it a pretty good day.

It was also my first day at my new job!!!  I’m so excited to share that I’ve joined the DiabetesSisters staff as their new Program Manager!  For the past several years I’ve loved volunteering with Virtual PODS and I could not be more thrilled to officially join the team.  For more on what I’ll be doing, check out this press release that was shared today.

It’s hard to imagine one single day could get more exciting, but it actually did.  Because late on Friday, UPS dropped off all of this….
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670G Hybrid Closed Loop, here I come!!  So far I’ve set up my basal and bolus settings and started reading the training manuals.  I’ll start using it in manual mode next week after my first training session.  And if all goes well, a week later I’ll be ready to try auto-mode and let the closed loop start doing its thing.

I can’t even convey how excited and lucky and grateful I was (and continue to be) that the stars aligned on Friday and delivered one super spectacular day to me.  And I’m so looking forward to these new adventures I’m starting.

** My Medtronic disclosure can be found here. **