There is no good age to have a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Each age presents different challenges. My girls were young, 3 and 3 and a half, when they were diagnosed. How do we as parents find baby sitters to watch our girls with T1D? That’s about as much fun as riding in […]

Dads and Diabetes


My name is Bill, Billy, William, Woodsy or Daddy. Each name is someone different; a different role I play. Bill is my more professional and adult self, Billy is my childhood family name, William is my given name, and my sports buddies and close friends call me Woodsy, but my favorite name of all is […]

Lady or Not Here I Come!


So we all know diabetes pretty much affects every single aspect of our daily lives. Knowing what the blood sugar is and in what direction its headed is crucial for living a so called “normal life.” I was diagnosed at 6, a happy go lucky kindergartner. The hardest thing about being diagnosed was no longer […]

Community Results

We asked if you ever felt discriminated against because of your diabetes. Were you surprised 45.6% of those that responded said yes? Sadly, that is a large percentage, but honestly I was not surprised on the outcome. I was among those that has responded to this question with a yes. Having lived with T1D for […]

Adopting a Child with T1D


Monday, September 8, 2008 was the day our family officially grew from four to five. The kids stayed home from school and we had breakfast together before heading to the courthouse. Everyone was really excited, as if we were going to the hospital to meet the new addition to our family. At the courthouse, we […]


It was a dark and stormy night… … No, really. It was. The rain was tickling the windows, and the last thing I wanted to do was pack. Both my husband I were traveling (to different places) for a long weekend, and it was so sludgy and awful out, I didn’t want to do anything […]


I was diagnosed as type I in 1980. My clearest memory of my two week hospital stay was when the doctor looked me squarely in the eye and told me, “You have a disease. You will still live, but you won’t be able to have children, ever.” I was only 7, so that piece of […]


This past April, the theme on Glu was “Diabetes at Work.” In addition to featuring articles such as “Balancing Work and Health” and “Diabetes Interview Tips,” we used our question of the day (QOTD) to have the Glu community weigh in on some work-related questions. Take a look at our infographic below to find out […]

Married to Diabetes


If anyone has ever experienced growing up as a teenager with diabetes, you know that the LAST thing you want is for it to consume your world and be “married to diabetes”, so to speak. Ironically, one thing that we all want is someone to relate to and who understands what we go through living […]


When my daughter Aly was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes six-and-a-half years ago I felt so alone, like I was the only one in the world dealing with this disease. I had no one else to talk to about my fears, my thoughts, my concerns, and I felt like no one else understood exactly what […]