I was employed as a teacher at the college level for 34 years (1964-1997). I had complications with my diabetes and had to retire several years earlier than I had planned. Two years after retirement my health problem was resolved, but my former position was filled and I was no longer needed at the college […]

Day 5: The Bionic Break Up


Take a guess whether or not my blood sugar was in range when I woke up the morning of day 5. Go on, guess! If you have been following any of the previous articles about my Bionic Pancreas experience this is an easy question to answer. Every, and I mean every, day I have worn […]


I am on my second to my last day of the Beacon Hill Study of the Bionic Pancreas. It’s bittersweet already. I’ve become pretty fond of this device as it learns my eating patterns and overall insulin and Glucagon needs. The small doses of Glucagon are extremely helpful to keep me in “steady range”. I […]

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I really love sleeping with the Bionic Pancreas. Actually, let me rephrase that; I love waking up with my blood sugars in range thanks to the Bionic Pancreas. It does an amazing job overnight and into the morning, while I sleep, regulating my blood sugar levels. I woke up in the middle of the night […]

Transitioning to College


Transitions in life are never-ending. Life changes, we adapt. Diabetes happens, and we’re forced to adjust. College is a big transition step for the entire family. I recently sat down with Christina Roth, CEO and founder of the College Diabetes Network. What led you to start CDN? Were there challenges in college you faced? Honestly, […]


Blind dates are tough, especially when they are with the Bionic Pancreas. So was this a match made in heaven?  In my day 1 article I talked about patience and that, my friends, was the key takeaway from day 2. First, let’s set some expectations. The Bionic Pancreas needs to get to know me.  Yesterday […]

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In this video Bill talks about what he is feeling like minutes before he gets hooked up to the Bionic Pancreas for the first time.  Bill discusses his feelings right after he disconnects from his personal insulin pump and lets the Bionic Pancreas start doing all the work. Watch as Bill explains what the GlucoScout […]


Do you remember the first time your eyes met the love of your life?  I do. Your eyes met, you looked away and blushed, looked again in hopes they were looking back at you. That’s the moment when the magic happened. Well, the same love story can be told for the Bionic Pancreas. Yesterday was […]


A pregnant woman with type 1 diabetes describes a night with the twin frustrations of insulin resistance and CGM alarms.

Before Bill Goes Bionic

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Wow, I am like a kid in a candy shop that can’t, yet, eat the candy. Today is the day I officially start the Beacon Hill Study (or Bionic Pancreas)! This afternoon, I get the CGM sensor inserted so it can be better calibrated for the Bionic Pancreas to do more accurate adjustments. So, what […]