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Tuesday, May 28 So today my blood sugar is 338 with a straight arrow across. I haven’t been this high in months. I forget how gross and disgusting I feel; I am tired, unable to eat my lunch, let alone fathom the thought of putting anything other than ice cold water in to my mouth, […]


In this video Anna Floreen, Glu’s Outreach Manager, describes her experiences with the Bionic Pancreas. What devices did she wear? How did she feel? What was it like having medical devices make diabetes decisions for her? To read her 7-day chronicle of experiences go to

punching gloves

It was completely my choice to be connected to an extra set of wires, infusion sites, an IV, and spend 5 nights away from the comforts of home. So why did I do this trial anyway? I did it so I could take part in something that could prove to the world that there IS […]

Day 6: Display Off

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      If someone were to ask me, “How often do you use a CGM?” I would say “Almost always.” In fact I think that was Question of the Day this week. I love the constant display of blood sugar graphs. It’s the first thing I grab in the morning so I can see […]

Day 5: The Bionic Blues

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It’s the last morning of my “diabetes vacation”. I went to bed on a Sunday night dreading the return to my regular routine. The last day of the Bionic Pancreas Study reminds me of the last day at camp … only worse. I’ve been anticipating and getting excited for the familiar surroundings of home, but […]


We forget how much diabetes is such a silent illness. Twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week we think, think, and think again. Did we count the right carbs? Should I have taken the subway instead of walking to prevent that low? Should I not have had that extra chocolate kiss at the […]

Day 3: Defining Hope

Bionic buddies

I opened the door to my office trying not to spill my coffee as I walk towards my desk to find so many of my coworkers cheering and clapping that the stories sharing my journey through the Bionic Pancreas trial have gone viral on Facebook and have received the most “shares”, likes, and comments of anything we’ve […]

old school

    Never would I ever think that the term “bionic pancreas” would evoke the “old school” feeling of having diabetes. I don’t remember the last time I used alcohol swabs or a cotton balls to wipe the blood from a finger prick or god forbid use a meter the size of a brick. I […]


I am so privileged to be able to take part in the Beacon Hill Bionic Pancreas Study with Mass General Hospital and I thought I’d take the time to share, each day, my personal experiences throughout the study with you, the Glu community! Many in-patient studies on the bionic pancreas have done in the past […]

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Cloud technology has quickly become a mainstay of modern life. We use it to get directions, make restaurant reservations and listen to new music. For those living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), cloud technology also offers a way to improve and simplify control in an increasingly mobile world. Traditional blood glucose (BG) monitoring has hampered […]