Being brave is being afraid
. . . but doing it anyway.

. Katherine Marple

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We Are Not Waiting

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Katherine Marple Oct 8, 2014 Originally Published on http://www.diabeteshealth.com/

 

I have a fear of Dead in Bed Syndrome. It’s an ailment which many diabetics are afraid of, but not everyone has experienced it. I, unfortunately, have been in more than fifteen insulin shocks in my 16 years with type 1 diabetes.

 

 

Some shocks came in the beginning, with inexperience and miscalculations. Others came ...

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Psychology of Diabetes and Eating

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Katherine Marple Sep 16, 2014 Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

Diabetes is not a simple disease. It is an all-consuming disease as it affects hormones, emotional and mental wellbeing, and ticks in the back of the mind twenty-four hours per day. Maybe that's just in my case, but I think I'm not alone in feeling this way.

 

I'm the type of person who wants to have the feeling of some control over situations in my life. The lo...

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Health Aware vs Weight Conscious

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Katherine Marple | Jun 18, 2014 / Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

There's a lot of focus on weight loss as of late; not only in the diabetic community, but in the world in general. New ads for gyms and products claiming fast weight loss come out daily, women feel pressured to lose pregnancy weight within minutes from birthing their children, thin models are being airbrushed until they are nearly unrecognizable and diets are being undertaken without people und...

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Why We Need Them

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Apr 4, 2014

Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

Katherine Marple

 

Endocrinologists are in a funny position when it comes to people with diabetes. We spend so much time with our diseases that we don't really need them to manage things on a daily basis, but we can't write our prescriptions on our own.

 

Doctors are trained to diagnose and assist in the learning curve of new patients. But, once we know as much as the...

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Do We Really Need Statins?

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Mar 22, 2014

Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

 

 

 

Katherine Marple

 

Ten years ago, I was asked by my endocrinologist to begin using statins to lower my cholesterol. I was barely over 20 years of age and was afraid of possible side or long-term effects. I was nervous about adding yet another drug to my list of daily medications, so I told him I would consider it and went home feeling lik...

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Moving Target

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Mar 16, 2014

Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

 

 

 

Katherine Marple

 

So, what is it that affects my glucose levels and why is it so hard to manage diabetes? In this case, we're talking type 1 diabetes; mine seems to be extremely stubborn and "brittle" by nature. Honestly, sometimes balancing this chronic condition is downright exhausting. Some days it's a scientific equation, weighed and...

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The Trouble with Sight

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Mar 5, 2014

Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

 

 

 

Katherine Marple

 

I'm both eager and nervous as I walk through the office doors to my optometrist. I'm kiddishly excited because I'm getting a new pair of frames, which will replace last year's already well used and scuffed glasses. But, I'm also anxious because I will have to face the results of a difficult year in diabetesmanagement.

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Doctors Burdened: Empathy Lost

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Feb 11, 2014

Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

 

Katherine Marple

 

I'm sitting in the waiting room for my quarterly doctor's appointment. I've arrived 15 minutes early to fill out the new year's insurance paperwork. I've given myself enough extra time to handle this and still go into my appointment as scheduled. Fifteen minutes go by and I'm still waiting to be addressed.

 

I see patients shuff...

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Afraid of the Dark

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Jan 15, 2014

Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

 

 

 

Katherine Marple

 

One of the scariest moments of my diabetes life, so far, happened recently. Just a few months ago, after an intense cardio workout, I experienced something terrifying. It was so scary, it left me shaking, sobbing, and curled up like a baby in my husband's arms.

 

I lost vision in my left eye.

 

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A Work in Progress

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Jan 6, 2014

Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

 

 

 

Katherine Marple

 

On the minds of millions these past days are what new year's resolutions we are going to aim for this coming year. Dan Diamond of Forbes.com wrote on New Year's Day 2013 that only 8 percent of resolvers actually achieve their goals by the end of the year.

 

Most people aim too high. Others don't take int...

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