1. Words to live by from the ever-talented @johnnycupcakes #success #life #happiness #howlive

    Words to live by from the ever-talented @johnnycupcakes #success #life #happiness #howlive

  2. Hi! just wanted to say thanks for following! I check everyone's blog who follows, and was surprised when I saw a mom followed my personal blog...haha. I think it's awesome how you have taken the plunge into the diabetes community. It'd be weird I think, if my parents did that, as I'm 24 and already kinda don't like when they ask me a million things. I hope with every fiber of my being if I have kids they don't have it. If they do, I hope to help them like you do! Thanks again, have a good one!

    Thanks so much for the kind words! Penelope was diagnosed when she was 8-months old and she’s now 4 so the only way I’ve been able to stay sane about dealing with the ups and downs is by connecting with the Diabetes Online Community via Twitter, Tumblr, and FB talking to great people like you; and also our local JDRF group. I hope your future kids don’t have to deal with the D either, but you’ll be so prepared for the signs and know exactly what to do if they do. You will be a great inspiration for them.

    Take care and keep those BG’s looking good :)
    Andrea

  3. How's your daughet doing? I can't imagine to have diabetes in that age when you're so young. Ofc you don't know any other life, but still it must be tough. I got it in my teenages and that was tough as well since it's so much happening and you just wanna be like everyone else, and nobody really understands. However I like to think that god gives the hardest battles to his strongst soldiers. You can do it, keep on the good work :-)

    Thank you so much for your kind words! Penelope’s fourth diaversary was Sunday and we celebrated with lots of sugar and boluses :) She gets down about it sometimes but it’s days like that that make it at least a little better. She doesn’t really know any different but she definitely knows what Diabetes is and that none of her friends or family have it. For me, staying connected with other T1D’s either through our local JDRF group or via social media is what helps me. I just try my hardest to make her feel like everyone else, but you know better than anyone that it’s just not possible. I only know what it feels like from a mom’s perspective. Having the disease is completely different so I applaud you for your strength and sharing your struggles with the world so that you can help others. If you’re ever on twitter, you can follow me there @andreambard. There’s a huge DOC (diabetes online community) that is very strong and supportive.

  4. Breaking the Silence

    It’s been far too long since I last posted anything. Life has certainly had some ups and downs, and some twists and turns over the past year or so. I would like to believe I came out of it stronger, smarter, and more empathetic to people and the various struggles we all face on a daily basis. I think I’ve become more grounded and realized what’s most important in life. But most of all, I’ve learned to find happiness in the most minute details and appreciate what I’ve been given and achieved. Starting over is difficult, but sometimes necessary.

    One of the things I’m most excited about in this new phase of my life is the opportunity to mentor other families who are affected by Type 1 Diabetes. I recently received my first call asking if I could do just that. I remember how overwhelmed I was when my oldest daughter was first diagnosed at 8-months old. There is so much information that has to be absorbed and in such a short amount of time. And then you are thrown into the world with the expectation that you can handle whatever is hurled at you: hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, keytones, carb counting, insulin pumps, CGMs… the list goes on. But worst of all, the fear of death is always looming over your head because it’s a very real possibility. I want to be able to put other parents at ease and tell them that it’s ok to be scared, and it’s ok to be furious, but in the end they are strong enough to deal with whatever comes their way. As parents and caregivers, we don’t really have any other choice. It’s do or die. Literally.

    I will log my journey as a JDRF Mentor and share my experiences in hopes that seasoned parents and caregivers will volunteer their time, and families affected by T1D will reach out to seek help and strength from the amazing Diabetes Community, both online and in person. This Diabetes Community that I have come to call family.

  5. lipstick-feminists:

Beginning August 1st, 2012 a whole range of crucial health care services will start becoming available  with no cost-sharing like co-pays or deductibles, thanks to Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

This is an important step for all women.

    lipstick-feminists:

    Beginning August 1st, 2012 a whole range of crucial health care services will start becoming available  with no cost-sharing like co-pays or deductibles, thanks to Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

    This is an important step for all women.

  6. April | Health Activists Month

    April is Health Activists Writers Month. Every day, for an entire month, health activists around the globe will be writing about their personal experiences, feelings, and thoughts on a specific health focus. From Type 1 Diabetes to Postpartum Depression. From Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism to Celiac Disease. These are the diseases and conditions that have affected me and my family and that I’ll be writing about for the next 30 days.

    Day one topic: Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you and your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it?

    For the health time capsule I can think of an assortment of items to add. The first being one of Penelope’s pump infusion sets along with the handbook on her insulin pump. I would also add a dose of Glucagon and some insulin. I’m hoping these will all be considered archaic in 100 years because a cure will have been developed and Type 1 Diabetes will be a disease of the past. An invoice for all the medical supplies we use on a daily basis would also be included. It amazes me every time we get an invoice for Penelope’s supplies. They’re incredibly expensive, yet it terrifies me to imagine what medical supplies will cost 100 years from now. The last item I would add is a scrapbook of diabetes memorabilia. These include posts from my blog, my twitter diabetes list, articles on the Artificial Pancreas, and photos of what life in 2012 is like with Type 1 Diabetes.

    One hundred years from now I hope and expect many of today’s diseases to be extinct, including Type 1 Diabetes. I hope that parents won’t have to worry about how their children’s blood sugar levels effect everything else. I pray that some people won’t have to regularly check their blood glucose levels for fear that they may die from hypoglycemia. And I wish that the people who suffer today didn’t have to.

  7. Speak Up for Depression

    Depression: It’s typically a taboo subject and one that’s often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. It’s also a topic that’s too important not to talk about.

    All too many times people are suffering and afraid to speak up because they’re worried of being judged. Misunderstood. Labeled. There are people who believe depression is something that can be “smiled away”. “If you simply think positive, you’ll feel better.” But, it’s not something that can be wished away. It can’t be ignored, at least not forever. Depression is a real disorder that should be treated like a real disorder. At times it can be masked by something else like an eating disorder, alcoholism, or some other form of addiction. Sometimes it’s disguised as anger, moodiness, or anxiety. But beneath it all is an underlying cause that needs to be dealt with.

    Talking to your family physician is the first step to wellness. Once you get it out, tell them what’s going on, and explain your concerns things should get much easier. Telling someone is often the hardest, yet most important step. They’ll likely do some tests, including checking specific hormone levels and possibly vitamin levels. They’ll also probably refer you to a psychiatrist, therapist, or possibly a Depression Center. It’s best to figure out whether or not there’s been some sort of trigger or if something else is going on. You will also be evaluated for treatment options, including the various types of medications available. Not all medications and treatments are alike. Treating depression is not a cookie cutter kind of situation. All people and scenarios are different. Most times, it takes several trials to find the right treatment plan that works best for each person.

    If you’re wondering whether or not you or someone you love is suffering from depression, there are a number of online resources to help guide you, including quizzes to determine if it might be depression. End the suffering. Don’t be afraid. Reach out. Speak out. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of.

  8. Cheers to a (Not So) New Year

    Positivity

    It’s been far too long since my last post. I didn’t expect such a long hiatus, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Over the holidays I did a lot of soul searching. I knew I wanted to start the new year off right because 2011 wasn’t exactly the best year of my life. Sickness, loss, disappointment… you name it. I spent a lot of time thinking about what’s most important to me, what’s truly not worth worrying about, and how to best spend my time and life. Instead of resolutions this year, I’ve decided to make life changes.

    Spending so much time this year either being sick or taking care of others who were sick was a wake up call for me. I decided that simply “getting healthy” wasn’t specific enough of a change. Improving my quality of life, my immune system, my longevity is really what matters most. In dealing with family loss, I’ve been reminded just how short life is and how precious it is to the ones who love us. I want to be here for my family, and I want my presence to be a healthy and happy one. I don’t want to force burdens on my children, ones that mean they will have to take care of a broken-down version of me someday. I’ve seen what someone’s passing does to their children, sisters, wives. I can’t prevent the inevitable, but I may be able to prolong it.

    Sleep has become a renewed importance in my life, and not just quantity but most definitely quality. I’ve started my own sleep experiment that I will share in later posts once I have data and something worth talking about. It’s something I’m excited to learn from, and hopefully will help others having some of the same issues.

    Time. It’s the thing that we all want more of, but unfortunately there’s a finite amount. I can’t do anything about the amount of time there is in a day, or a week, but I can do something about how I spend it. I work 40+ hours a week. That’s probably not going to change anytime soon. But what I can change is how I spend the time outside the office. I need my time to count for something. I need to make a difference. Spending quality time with my family is first and foremost on my to-do list. The kind of love you get from your children is beyond words. It’s the most fulfilling, rewarding thing I can imagine. So, spending quality time playing, learning, creating is most important to me. Of course, I also want to be a good role model for my girls. I want them to know that believing in something, advocating for something, is important. So, the rest of my time will be spent doing only the things I am passionate about. Creating positive, meaningful change. And, possibly indulging in a good scary flick here and there. We all have our vices, after all!

    Relationships are something I value more than I sometimes show. I have some amazing friends and family members, and unfortunately I don’t spend nearly enough time talking and connecting with them. I need to remind myself, and maybe this is a good reminder for you out there, that it doesn’t take a ton of time to just check in, say hi, and let someone know you’re thinking about them. In my mind, though, it’s not that simple, so instead of spending a few minutes on the phone or email, I get completely overwhelmed and bogged down. An unfortunate consequence to this method is that I’m positive several of my friends and family think they’re not a priority in my life. But they’re wrong. I just need to prove it, because we all know actions speak louder than (blog) words.

    Adventure: such a fun word to say. I don’t know if I’m amidst a mid-life crisis, but lately I feel the need… for speed? Well, sort of. To take more risks, really. Create some adrenalin-inducing scenarios. I really want to go on some new adventures. My list is an ever-growing one and I hope to start working toward knocking things off the list soon, and moving them into my favorite memories list.

    Positivity is something I strive to have in my life. I have this saying: “Today may not have been the best day ever, but it certainly wasn’t the worst. And for that I am grateful.” I try to remind myself of this when I’m having a bad day. Whether it’s dealing with my daughter’s T1 Diabetes, or something at work that didn’t go my way. It could always be worse. There are people out there going through much, much worse. “Find the light, Andrea.” Having gratitude is a big part of positivity, but who we choose to surround ourselves with also has a lot to do with it. I made a vow years ago to only surround myself with people who enhance my life, not bring it down. This has served me well and I’ll continue to live by this rule. Finally, I find that my level of patience directly affects my positive outlook. Learning to let things go is something I work on daily.

    Accepting my weirdness has been a difficult thing for me to do over the years. I think I’m finally at a place where I can do this and not only accept it, but embrace it. Love it. Become one with it. I need to stop pretending and trying to be someone I’m not. I can’t be all and do all. So sticking to the things I’m most passionate about, doing things that make me wildly happy, and spending time with people that ignite my flame, not extinguish it, is the best laid plan. And one I intend to stick to.

    So, there you have it. I guess after not writing for over two months, this is what happens. Nevertheless, I have big plans for this year. 2012 is a year of new beginnings. Not resolutions that will come and go. Not goals that will likely not ever come to fruition. No, lifelong commitments for positive change. Cheers!

  9. World Diabetes Day | November 14

    November 14 marks World Diabetes Day. A day when all who have diabetes and those who don’t come together and celebrate the invention of insulin and hope for a cure. There are several ways to get involved and make a difference.

    Test. Get active. Test again. Share. - By participating in the Big Blue Test you’ll be donating much-needed diabetes supplies to people in need. Sharing results also proves how just a little bit of physical activity aids in keeping blood sugar regulated naturally. The goal is to have 8,000 results logged by November 14.

    Shine a (blue) light on diabetes - Bring awareness to this epidemic by shining a blue light for diabetes. Monuments, buildings, and houses alike will be lit blue to show support.

    Get tested - Haven’t had your annual fasting blood glucose test? Make an appointment for your yearly physical and make sure your doctor requests your blood glucose be tested.

    Attend an event or plan one of your own - There are countless events going on around the world. If you live in Michigan like me, attend the University of Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center’s Diabetes Health Fair. Attend lectures and health screenings related to diabetes.

  10. Love, Loss, & Laughter | The Soundtrack to My Life

    Life is about ups and downs, twists and turns, ebbs and flows. Like anyone else, I’ve experienced lots of love, loss, and laughter. I began to wonder what my life, with all these emotions and life events, would sound like if it were a soundtrack. This is Volume 1, in chronological order, and I expect there to be a trilogy once everything is all said and done… at the ripe age of 100. 

    1. “Silly Love Songs” by Paul McCartney: This was the #1 song the week I was born in 1976. 

    2. “Disco Mickey Mouse” on the Disney Disco album • My family was very poor growing up but having family to laugh with, and dance with, to this song and the entire album was all that we needed to stay happy.

    3. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell • This was my first favorite song, at least that I can recall. I wonder if watching the music video over and over again is where my obsession of scary movies came from?

    4. “Battle of Evermore” by The Lovemongers from the Singles soundtrack • From friend to first boyfriend, this song, soundtrack, and movie symbolized the evolution of that relationship.

    5. “Beautiful Girl” by INXS • This song is about anorexia nervosa, a condition I suffered from in high school and throughout my early college years. I pray my girls never know what’s it’s like to suffer with this.

    6. “When I Grow Up” by Garbage • When life was simpler and all I had to worry about was a couple of small bills and my independence, I would dance around in my apartment all by myself, independent and free.

    7. “Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban • Loss. We all experience it at one time or another, some more than others. When a seven-year relationship had ended, and the bonds with the family members and friends had been severed, I found great solace and comfort in this song.

    8. “The Long Way Around” by the Dixie Chicks • This song became my personal anthem after going back to school while dating someone five years my junior, breaking up with the guy I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with, and moving out of my parent’s house… again!

    9. “Green Eyes” by Coldplay • My husband chose this song for our “first dance” at our wedding. He sang it in my ear with his beautiful voice the entire time. It’s still one of my most favorite and memorable moments ever.

    10. “Penelope” by the David Ramirez Band • The day we found out we were having a girl as our first-born, we greeted our friends with this song, letting them know our predictions were correct. We had the name “Penelope” chosen well before I ever got pregnant.

    11. “A Little Bit Longer” by the Jonas Brothers • When Penelope was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 8-months, our entire world changed in the blink of an eye. I found comfort in this song, knowing there were other people who were and had gone through the same things my family was going through, as Nick Jonas wrote this song after he was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes.

    12. “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus • This is Penelope’s favorite song right now and also reminds me of my youngest Lilah because she loves watching Penelope dance around the house to it… over, and over, and over again. We often have family dance parties, and this song always kicks them off.

  11. November is Diabetes Awareness Month

    Blue Lights

    One person dies from Diabetes every seven seconds. Diabetes Awareness Month is kicking off in just a couple short days and World Diabetes Day isn’t far behind on November 14. There are lots of ways to get involved and show your support, to help make a difference and spread awareness. Because, chances are, you or someone close to you has been touched by Diabetes in one way or another.

    • Participate in the Big Blue Test: On November 14, members of the diabetic community around the world will be checking their blood sugar, then exercising for 14-20 minutes, and rechecking. Sharing your results helps create awareness that exercise plays an important role in naturally lowering blood glucose levels.
    • Raise awareness for Diabetes Awareness Month by wearing blue on Fridays: Every Friday for the month of November, wear blue to show your support. Paint your nails blue, wear your favorite blue shoes, or sport a fabulous blue hat. However you do it, you know you’ll be helping to raise awareness.
    • Sign the Petition to speed the process for the Artificial Pancreas: Let the FDA know that the Artificial Pancreas is important to you and the process to get it should not be delayed.
    • Join Team JDRF to join or coordinate your own fundraiser. You can participate in a community or challenge event, or create your own personal campaign to help raise funds.
    • Light blue candles or change your exterior lights with blue bulbs for the day. The world will be lit blue for this important day.

    However you decide to participate, we’re all doing it with one goal in mind: Help bring an end to Diabetes for all.

  12. Halloween + Diabetes=Fun

    Halloween is probably my daughter’s favorite time of the year. She starts talking about it in June and doesn’t really quit until closer to Christmas. What kid wouldn’t love getting dressed up as someone or something else and receive free candy? Unfortunately, this kid has Type 1 Diabetes so it’s not quite as simple as that. I’m not sure if she’s more excited to go as a Care Bear, which she decided in January and hasn’t quit talking about it since; socializing with all her fellow trick-or-treaters along the way; or the candy. Now, it’s not like candy is just forbidden, because that’s what insulin is for and we don’t want her to feel like she’s that different from other kids, but we also don’t want her blood sugar levels to skyrocket and get out of control. Mind you, she’s only three, so her little body can only take so much of the blood sugar roller coaster ride.

    So, this year I’ve struck a deal with her. She gets to go trick-or-treating and get all the candy her little legs will take her to. But instead of just telling her she can’t have most of it, I’m going to let her choose a few of her favorite pieces, eat them sporadically as dessert over the week, and then let her trade in the rest for a gift. We’ll also use some of it for when she has low sugar spells and need a fast-acting sugar.

    Even if you’re child doesn’t have diabetes, but maybe they have a food allergy, or you’re just concerned about the amount of sugar they consume, there are several alternatives to letting them eat all the candy they gather.

    • Buy back the candy at a penny, nickel, or dime a piece, so they can purchase what they want
    • Trade the candy for a gift or toy
    • Regulate when they can actually eat the candy for example, only for dessert after a healthy dinner, or they can have a few pieces once a week, etc.
    • Some dentist offices will have a trade-in event
    • If your child isn’t really into the trick-or-treating thing anyway, let them hand out the candy or go to a community party instead
    • Donate the candy to a worthy cause: there are many charities out there who collect donated candy to send to our troops, use for future non-profit events, or even send to kids around the world who wouldn’t otherwise have access.

    Whatever your reasoning, don’t feel like you have to give in to the scary Halloween sugar zombies! Halloween doesn’t have to be about eating the candy, but should be about having fun.

  13. Sleep Interrupted

    Sleep deprivation

    So, my husband and I have been dealing with a severe lack of sleep since our daughter Lilah was born eight months ago. Before that, we were dealing with the same issue due to checking Penelope’s blood sugar at night, or being woken due to a low-sugar spell. We honestly can’t remember the last time we’ve had a solid week’s sleep, let alone one night. But, that’s the cost of being a parent, right? It’s a rite of passage we have to go through in order to be considered good parents. All parents go through it. We’re certainly no different.

    But, it got me thinking: what actually happens to our bodies when we’re constantly suffering from interrupted sleep? What happens physiologically and psychologically? The answers were somewhat surprising.

    Physiologically, when we suffer from interrupted sleep, our bodies don’t secrete the proper levels of growth hormones putting us at an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease. Obesity is also a side effect, as our metabolism changes due to growth hormone levels being off. Research also shows that our memory is impaired pretty significantly and it’s also believed to cause premature aging. Other effects include a weakened immune system, confusion, delayed responses, blurred vision, and frequent mistakes, just to name a few.

    The psychological effects of interrupted sleep aren’t as surprising. Most people who suffer from a lack of or quality sleep may experience anxiety, depression, anger, stress, sadness, and mental exhaustion. I’m sure if you’ve ever suffered from a few bad night’s sleep, you can attest to at least one or some of these.

    I believe there are also some secondary complications due to lack of sleep. If you you’re not getting quality sleep and coincidentally you’re exhausted all the time, chances are you may be compensating with caffeine, which can cause a slew of other sleep and health issues. People who are sleep deprived are also less likely to exercise regularly, have an increase risk of injury and accidents, tend to have marital or relationship problems, and often eat less healthy to compensate for the harmful physiological and psychological effects.

    So, what does all of this mean for parents who are sleep-deprived, or anyone else for that matter? Sometimes there’s only so much you can do until your children are older and learn to sleep better through the night, but learn to be patient with each other. For others, it may mean taking a trip to our physician for sleep apnea testing. Ultimately, we need to remind ourselves that sleep isn’t a luxury. It’s as important as water, food, and oxygen. We should take our quality of sleep seriously and do whatever we can to try to get the best night’s sleep possible. Our lives, and our children’s lives depend on it.

  14. Twitter: My Online Diabetes Community

    Twitter

    When my daughter Penelope was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the ripe age of 8-months, at first I went into research mode. I knew that I had to learn as much about Type 1 Diabetes as humanly possible, because my daughter’s life depended on it. I spent hours online, reading books, buying magazines… whatever I could get my hands on. Eventually, I got to the point where I figured I had learned as much as my brain could possibly absorb, so next I went into support-network mode. I wanted to find anyone and everyone who was like me and like Penelope. I wanted to get to know others who are living with this disease, and not just surviving but thriving. I needed to know that Penelope was going to live a happy and healthy life; my one and only wish for her. I also needed to find moms who were facing the same issues I was. It’s comforting knowing I’m not the only one in the world caring for a young child with diabetes.

    Where did I look to for my support network? Yes, I found a couple groups in my area who get together periodically and the parents I’ve met are amazing, but the place I’ve found my diabetes “family” is Twitter. There are so many resources and people to reach out to, and who will find and reach out to you if you allow it. My husband doesn’t understand because most aren’t people I’ve ever met in person. But if that opportunity ever presented itself, I know that it would be as if we’d known each other for eons. Everyone I’ve met so far has been so open, so accepting, so supportive.

    If you’re a parent of a child with Type 1 Diabetes, or if you suffer from the disease yourself and you haven’t already done so, I recommend trying out Twitter for a month and get to know some of the remarkable people I call family. If you go into it open-minded, I think you’ll find yourself hooked. I’ve compiled a list of the people I’ve met thus far. Some are organizations, some individuals, some health experts. It’s by no means a complete list, as people reach out to me virtually every day, but it’s certainly a good place to start. You may also notice several #hashtags being used constantly. These are used to help find and follow specific topics, discussions, and groups. A few regularly used within the diabetes community include: #doc (diabetes online community), #diabetes, #t1d (type 1 diabetes), #dsma (diabetes social media advocacy), #bgnow (current blood glucose), #bgwed (blood glucose on Wednesday), #bluefridays (wear blue on Fridays in November for diabetes awareness), and #wdd (World Diabetes Day on November 14).

    Even if you aren’t affected by diabetes, there are so many people, organizations, and causes on Twitter that it’s easy to find and create your specialized niche, your own online community. Once you find it, chances are you’ll never want to leave it.

  15. Influenza vs. the Stomach Flu

    Soapbox

    As I’m waiting at the doctor’s office for my girls to get their flu shots, I can hear someone say “I’m not getting a flu shot this year. Last year I ended up with the stomach flu and was sick for two days. A lot of good that did me”. Well, it’s because of comments like this that I’m going to get up on my soapbox and give a brief synopsis about the differences between Influenza, commonly called the Flu; and the stomach flu, which is most often the Norovirus or Rotavirus. They are two very different viruses, with two very different set of symptoms and complications.

    The flu, which is actually Influenza, has nothing to do with the stomach in actuality. It’s an upper respiratory illness causing cold-like symptoms, but much worse and more sudden. The symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body chills and aches, fatigue, and rarely an upset stomach. Influenza is prevented by getting the flu vaccine. We do this because the flu kills thousands of people every year due to severe dehydration, pneumonia, and complications to other preexisting diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The groups most susceptible are children, elderly, and those with a weakened immune system, though it’s recommended that everyone above the age of six months get one. The 2012 vaccine actually protects us from three different strains of the flu.

    The stomach flu, on the other hand, is actually not a “flu” at all. In reality, it’s gastroenteritis and is most often specifically the Norovirus or Rotovirus. These virus’s exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and sometimes a fever. It generally doesn’t last more than a day or two, but severe dehydration is the main cause of complications associated with the stomach flu.

    The only thing the flu and the stomach flu have in common, is that because they are both viruses, antibiotics will do nothing for them. Unfortunately, the only thing you can do is let both run their course, while maintaining hydration to prevent further illness.

    I think our health educators need to develop an awareness campaign to explain the differences between the two so that more people get vaccinated, lowering the risks of flu-related deaths and complications. I believe that ignorance plays a large role in whether or not people get the flu vaccine, but if they were properly educated we could drastically cut flu-related deaths and hospitalizations saving us money and heartache.

About me

Creative. Mother. Mom of two, one with T1 Diabetes.
Tree hugger. Color lover. Health nerd. Scary movie nut. Water worshiper. Triathlon addict. Adrenaline junkie. INFP.
I hope you don't mind if we get a little personal.