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    My Diabetes Story

    I am the spouse of a person with type 2 - his mother, one brother, aunt, uncle and grandmother all have and had type 2. My job? To help make sure our son and daughter are diabetes free. As a Senior Editor at dLife, I am also here to help the dLife community however I can as they manage their diabetes.

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    • monicadennis added a comment to Kristee's blog post.

      Thought I'd updated you all since the last time I posted. I have since had a...
      September 25, 2013 at 4:08pm
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      That is fantastic on all counts, Kristee! So great to hear how wonderful you and your daughter are doing. Hope to hear more soon!
      September 25, 2013 4:08 PM CDT
      Congratulations on your daughter. Having a new grandson bringing a baby into a family is so much fun and a blessing. Great job on the run! nancy 13
      September 26, 2013 5:37 PM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to justpatti's blog post.

      Nothing important
      Wow, it really is quiet around here any more. Hardly any new blogs or posts...
      July 25, 2013 at 1:04pm
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      We appreciate your sticking around, Patti. Things are better for sure. I know it's going to take work to get everyone feeling secure in that again, but people like you give us the incentive to make it happen!
      July 25, 2013 1:04 PM CDT
      Thank you. I just love the site and would love to see it busy again.
      July 25, 2013 7:44 PM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to cattiecannslugg's blog post.

      Stress and Memories
      My grandpa died at the end of March.  It was a shock to us all how fast...
      June 27, 2013 at 9:36am
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      Sorry for you loss, I totally understand as I have lost two brothers within a few years. It's just not a good feeling. What I have learned and condition myself to do is to be more mindful of monitoring my blood sugars during the lows of life. I know it's tricky but if you focus on the why -because grandpa loved me and this is what he would want, my family loves me and I love myself. It all just somehow flows into place from there. It does not me mean perfect eating or perfectly checking...

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      July 7, 2013 11:01 PM CDT
      LC, Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. You're right - I must have been doing something right without knowing it. But I also had the support of my girlfriend. She's great! She's always reminding me to check my glucose levels and to eat. I don't know what I'd do without her. Losing my grandpa was hard. He was such a great guy. Always encouraging us and never letting us stray from our hobbies and interests. I miss him terribly. And you're right again, he'd want me to take care of...

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      July 8, 2013 3:27 AM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to justpatti's blog post.

      Strange encounter
      While I was out today, i ran into someone that i haven't seen in a while. The...
      June 5, 2013 at 6:43pm
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      Thanks for sharing, Patti! One day she WILL understand what you were saying it and you can be sure you were a part of making that happen. :-)
      June 5, 2013 6:43 PM CDT
      I sure hope you are right. Her comments about me didn't bother me, but to talk about our friend who is going through a rough time really pissed me off. I just hope someday she does understand it all.
      June 6, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
    • monicadennis posted to their forum thread.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:13am
    • monicadennis added a comment to leslieowens' blog post.

      Smiling Through It!
      A year and a half after being diagnosed, I find myself struggling everyday to...
      May 22, 2013 at 6:42pm
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      Hi Leslie,
      Welcome! Happiness is a choice and it takes work. As a stuck-up member of d-Life, a type 1 for over 47 years, it is a challenge. You are not alone and staying focused on the "present" does help. You will never know what is in the present until it is opened and shared. As always have a great day.

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      May 14, 2013 1:29 PM CDT
      Welcome, Leslie! Your smile is infectious. :-) Thank you for sharing it and your story with us.
      May 22, 2013 6:42 PM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to norm57's blog post.

      honoring boston.
      Monday I was sore after working in my yard all weekend. I had figured I wait...
      April 25, 2013 at 10:09am
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      That is so awesome Norm! I needed to read this to my butt off the couch as well. Thanks for the inspiation!

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      April 18, 2013 9:37 AM CDT
      Great example of how every little thing can make a big difference to you and others around you. Good deal. ;-)
      April 25, 2013 10:09 AM CDT
    • monicadennis posted to jamiep's forum thread.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:40pm
    • monicadennis added a comment to hbitner's blog post.

      Type 2
      Just downloaded dlife on my iPad and on the q&a it stated that type 2 is from...
      April 4, 2013 at 12:18pm
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      Hey there hbitner - Can you tell me where you saw that? I've been with dLife for almost 8 years and I know that that very statement is a prejudicial one that we have always sought to downplay while talking about the varying factors that contribute to type 2. I can see that statement being a quiz question, but not a blanket fact. If you can tell me where you saw it, I can see what the deal is. Thanks!
      April 4, 2013 12:18 PM CDT
    • monicadennis posted a new blog post.

      We Want to Hear From You!
      Dear dLife Community - the Editorial Team at would like to hear...
      March 20, 2013 at 4:11pm
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      March 21, 2013 6:51 AM CDT
      Thanks, LC!
      March 22, 2013 8:13 AM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to thepumpproject's blog post.

      My parents' perspective of having a child with diabetes
          One day you notice that your once, happy-go-lucky child...
      March 20, 2013 at 4:07pm
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      Thank you for sharing.

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      March 9, 2013 1:06 PM CST
      Thanks for sharing your perspective. It's really interesting to read this because it is something that I wonder about as someone who does not have a child with diabetes. And because of this, you just gave me a new article idea for! :-) I know the community is a large one for parents of children with diabetes. I hope that will give you what you need to press on.
      March 20, 2013 4:07 PM CDT
    • monicadennis Not enough of me to go around!

      Mood: frustrated
      March 19, 2013 at 10:44am
    • monicadennis added a comment to smarchand2007's blog post.

      Need help in getting motavated
      In the past i have had no problem with getting motavated. I joined a gym and...
      March 6, 2013 at 1:06pm
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      This is what I struggle with also. I have all the tools I need to exercise workout, just can't motivate myself enough to use them consistently.
      March 21, 2013 6:55 AM CDT
      I know its not easy. But thank god for my husband he really helps me to get through it. It really helps to have someone to talk to. He knows about this his mother had it .
      March 21, 2013 5:24 PM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to kathymalleck's blog post.

      This dLife Day and Always
      Good Morning Type 1dLifers.    May this day of your life be filed...
      December 27, 2012 at 9:48am
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      Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year to you, Kathy!
      December 27, 2012 9:48 AM CST
    • monicadennis Fighting computers is draining.

      Mood: determined
      December 27, 2012 at 9:47am
    • monicadennis Surrounded by ideas!

      Mood: relieved
      December 27, 2012 at 9:46am
    • monicadennis posted to rbutt3's forum thread.

      Forum Topic: l'm back dlife
      December 13, 2012 at 10:01am
    • monicadennis posted to goldenme's forum thread.

      Forum Topic: Recipe ratings
      November 26, 2012 at 11:42am
    • monicadennis added a comment to LC's blog post.

      Just a quick hello to everyone.  Mission accomplished  Finally,...
      September 17, 2012 at 1:20pm
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      Thanks Dan,
      For the encouragement and the book suggestion! I think that I am going to the library tomorrow anyway, I'll look for that book too. :)

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      September 22, 2012 10:50 PM CDT
      1 person likes this discussion post.
      September 24, 2012 8:48 AM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to norm57's blog post.

      comfirming my weirdness
      I have no children, but my brothers do. I enjoy making them think of me as...
      September 14, 2012 at 1:48pm
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      LOL, I am loving the advice from both of you...somewhat serious and funny too.
      September 16, 2012 8:23 AM CDT
      You all look fine to me. Funny Too. Stay well.
      September 24, 2012 8:46 AM CDT
    • monicadennis Surrounded by ideas!

      Mood: bouncy
      September 12, 2012 at 4:49pm
    • monicadennis added a comment to tinacarlson's blog post.

      A Million Things To Do When You Move
      We are seriously considerating a job move for my husband. From western NY to...
      September 5, 2012 at 4:37pm
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      Hi Tina,
      You must be doing something right to have managed type 1 for over forty-four years!! GREAT JOB. Just take one step at a time. We only need a flashlight to shine on the next step which we are going to take. The important fact is that you are moving. May you be blessed with a warm wind behine your back, sunny days days ahead and best of success. As always have a great day.
      PS Give some thougth to the transfer of your medical records prior to moving away. As always have a...

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      September 22, 2012 8:49 PM CDT
      Thanks for your kind words! Yes, 44 years of Type 1 and so far, minimal complications! My husband and I are in the medical field and have connections to find the care we need. Stress with home for sale, but at least we are all set with awesome new jobs!!
      September 23, 2012 12:18 PM CDT
    • monicadennis is now friends with kelvinblack81 and 1 other person.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:16pm
    • monicadennis New school year fast approaching.

      Mood: sad
      August 14, 2012 at 9:38am
    • monicadennis Break time!

      Mood: giddy
      July 23, 2012 at 3:36pm
    • monicadennis posted to furball64801's forum thread.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:17pm
      1 person likes this forum thread.
    • monicadennis Traffic is a form of hell on earth. I am sure of it.

      Mood: cranky
      June 27, 2012 at 10:23am
    • monicadennis added a comment to kelvinblack81's blog post.

      My day in the life of diabetes
      In a normal weekday i wake up around 7:00 am. I take a shower iron my clotes...
      May 24, 2012 at 2:30pm
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      Thank you for checking in Kelvin. You do pretty well. Do you ever have lows waiting to eat at 1 or 1:30?

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      May 22, 2012 8:09 PM CDT
      Thanks for sharing, Kelvin! dLifers had a week of living as "people with diabetes" and for those of use without it, we saw just how diligent you have to be and - for some of us - how difficult it can be to be diligent. :-) We commend you for doing what you need to to take care of yourself because too many people don't for various reasons and that's when so many issues can set in - whether they have diabetes or not! I hope you continue to be well and get to go on lots of those special trips with...

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      2 people like this discussion post.
      May 24, 2012 2:30 PM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to copperhairpin's blog post.

      I learned a new treatment for toe fungus
      We talk to an interesting doctor that has some very interesting treatments...
      May 24, 2012 at 11:27am
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      It's ok, Sally. We know you aren't a spammer. :-) It's also nice to hear what people are doing that is actually working for them. Very glad you are doing well on these treatments. When you feel healthy, you feel happy and that goes a long way.
      May 24, 2012 11:27 AM CDT
      I am about to lose my big toe nail, I'll try Dermx. I tried Vicks before, you have to continue using it.
      Thank U

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      July 6, 2012 10:11 PM CDT
    • monicadennis When won't this be true? No time soon. It's a blessing.

      Mood: busy
      May 23, 2012 at 11:48am
    • monicadennis Realized on the treadmill this morning that I had energy. Riding the wave!

      Mood: bouncy
      May 9, 2012 at 10:35am
    • monicadennis added a comment to Thomas' blog post.

      I have been doing great with my exercise :)
      I am so happy with what I have been doing with exercise.When I restarted my...
      May 2, 2012 at 10:34am
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      Nice to see you all and thank you for your comments and support.
      this section looks all messed up to lol..

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      May 4, 2012 2:04 PM CDT
      funny, I got a email saying there was a new comment on 5/18 but dont see any. I tried to come here that day but had to give up because of all the log in troubles.
      May 22, 2012 5:17 PM CDT
    • monicadennis 2012 is one of those life-changing years. What's coming up next?

      Mood: curious
      May 2, 2012 at 10:31am
    • monicadennis added a comment to LC's blog post.

      Great news
      I am a tad bit excited as I write this post.  Well, a lot excited....
      May 2, 2012 at 10:29am
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      It was good to read your post. Life does take turns and am glad that you are moving forward to make the most of the opportunities before you. As alwasy have a great day.

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      May 2, 2012 10:45 AM CDT
      I'm sure the biggest piece of my reason for putting things off is money. When people ask what I would do if I was to win the lotto, it's never retire or's volunteer. And we know we have to do things according to God's plan, so if the plan is not for me to be rich monetarily -I'm fine with that.
      But the opportunity to fulfill my heart's desire...loving it. I know that I'll have a lot of studying to do, but it will be okay -it's a subject very close to my heart....

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      May 2, 2012 9:46 PM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to flash42's blog post.

      my loss
      This has been a long time in coming.  Talking about my complications I...
      April 4, 2012 at 6:53pm
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      Ron, my heart goes out to you. You don't know how many people are sharing your feelings of the loss of not one but both legs. All I can say is you will be in my prayers for acceptance of this tragic complication of diabetes. Keep the faith and may God be with you my Brother.
      April 6, 2012 3:15 PM CDT
      What a remarkable story of bravery and inspiration. Your attitude toward life, after what you have been through, is very inspiring and motivating. I am a type 1 diabetic as a result of having my pancreas removed 2 years ago. As a result of having no pancreas, I also have to take enzymes with every meal to digest my food. I often feel down and have that "poor me" feeling. After reading your post, I feel very lucky not to have lost more. You will never know how much you have...

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      April 7, 2012 7:36 AM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to Vicki's blog post.

      Here I go again
      I find myself making excuses for not being on track with controlling my...
      April 4, 2012 at 6:42pm
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      Hi Vicki, I do know how you feel. I'm doing the same thing. I know I need to lose a bunch of weight and take control of my blood sugar, but I fight with it every day. I'll go crazy with carbs and sweets and then end up having to take an extra shot of lantus. I feel guilty for doing it, but it doesn't seem to make me change my ways. As you can see; I don't use a photo of myself either. I wish you good luck with this struggle. Maybe we can be support for each other. Hope your weekend goes well....

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      March 30, 2012 7:55 PM CDT
      Welcome Vicki! We're happy you chose to join us and we'd love to see your smiling face if you'll allow it. There is a ton to see here so jump around and keep on talking! We're listening!
      April 4, 2012 6:42 PM CDT
    • monicadennis added a comment to norm57's blog post.

      have dog will run after
      I have found a third work out. Walking up and down the neighborhood calling...
      April 4, 2012 at 6:35pm
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      I know that work out, Norm. But I chase after our schnauzer, Noodle, calling, Nood! Nood!

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      April 2, 2012 4:19 PM CDT
      Lol, Norm! I had plenty of dogs growing up, which is why I refuse to be a dogowner now. I feel your pain! It's funny. When you name your dog, you should think about it like you're naming your kid. Is it going to embarrass anyone at any time? Then rethink it! Glad you got your dog AND the unexpected workout. ;-)
      April 4, 2012 6:35 PM CDT
    • monicadennis bzzzzzzz!

      Mood: bouncy
      April 4, 2012 at 6:33pm
    • monicadennis posted to nigelsmom's forum thread.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:13am
    • monicadennis posted to Erin's forum thread.

      March 28, 2012 at 12:20pm
    • monicadennis Warmer weather, lots to do at work, new Supernatural episode tonight. Happy Friday!

      Mood: bouncy
      March 23, 2012 at 1:00pm
    • After the Diabetes...
      The great dLife Gets Diabetes test is over and what is the result...for me?...
      March 15, 2012 at 2:52pm
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    • monicadennis Wheels are STILL spinning.

      Mood: excited
      March 15, 2012 at 2:22pm
    • monicadennis posted to Erin's forum thread on the dLife Gets Diabetes group.

      Forum Topic: Day 7
      March 15, 2012 at 11:47am
    • monicadennis posted to matthewc's forum thread on the dLife Gets Diabetes group.

      March 15, 2012 at 11:44am
    • monicadennis posted to butterfly120467's forum thread.

      Forum Topic: New Here....
      March 15, 2012 at 11:19am
    • monicadennis posted to Erin's forum thread on the dLife Gets Diabetes group.

      Forum Topic: Day 6
      March 13, 2012 at 12:33pm