Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November is National Diabetes Month

Check out this blog post from Kelly Kunik in honor of Type 1 diabetes day (November 1st) and National Diabetes Month: Diabetesaliciousness™: Dear People Living A Non -Diabetes Life::

I like what she wrote - it's a letter addressed to people who do not live with Type 1 - but am not sure I agree with the need for writing it in the first place. Is the general public obligated to care and know about diabetes?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Artificial Pancreas: Hope on the horizon

I just signed the JDRF's petition urging the FDA to allow research to move forward on the Artificial Pancreas. An artificial pancreas, if it works, would be the most revolutionary advance in diabetes treatment since the discovery of insulin, says JDRF, and I'm inclined to agree.
Early this year I participated in a clinical trial in Boston for Dr. Ed Damiano's artificial pancreas research; being an AP research subject gave me hope but also despair for the future - weird as that sounds - because I can see the promise that this technology holds, yet it seems so far away from being perfected, and right now there are plenty of obstacles in the way of its progress. One such obstacle (or bundle of obstacles, depending on your perspective): the FDA. You can read more about JDRF's efforts to advance the AP project, and the frustrations we're dealing with, here:

Sign the artificial pancreas petition here: http://takeaction.jdrf.org/site/PageNavigator/APAC.html

And learn more about Dr. Damiano's study in Boston here: http://artificialpancreas.org/Home_Page.html

Now, some notes and photos from my experience with AP research! (the notes part will come later)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Williams-Mystic California Field Seminar

Arrived back on the East coast last night after an amazing class field trip exploring coastal California. We learned, saw, and did so much during our travels that it's daunting to try and recap it all in a blog post. In fact, I won't even try doing that. Let me just present some pictures...

Class time at Point Lobos. It was hard to concentrate on the lectures when there was so much to look at all around!
On the trail at Point Lobos.

My classmate Amy gets up close and personal with a pelican at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. Our whale watch boat is in the background.

This was one very friendly pelican!

Tugboat ride in San Francisco Bay. I'm on the left, with classmates Alex and Gretchen.

Classmate (and housemate) Max gets a turn driving the Crowley tugboat through SF Bay.
looking out from the Bodega Marine Lab (BML), where we spent three days

View of BML from Horseshoe Cove, a high energy beach. We loved Horseshoe Cove because so many neat things washed up on the shore here (including gorgeous sea glass!), and because we often spotted harbor seals here.

Sea glass and an abalone shell
Williams-Mystic program director and marine ecologist Jim Carlton teaches the group about the various objects we picked up at Horseshoe Cove.

We did lots of driving in California... but it was mostly pleasant since we had views like this to look at.
Class time...
... and lunch time...

... at Salt Point State Park!

At the Armstrong Redwood forest, with Alex and Zara.

We got to sample fresh oysters

at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company

in Tomales Bay

Point Reyes

Over 300 steps to get down to the lighthouse! There was actually a sign warning that "strenuous activity" was required to get to the lighthouse and back. So true.

the Point Reyes lighthouse

Zara and I pose above the Point Reyes beach.

Friday, September 30, 2011

On the Move... Again!

 Williams-Mystic is headed to California tomorrow. We have a jam-packed ten days ahead of us on the beautiful central coast, from Monterey to San Francisco to Bodega Bay. Check out the W-M Blog on Wordpress for more details and updates during the trip. I'll be sure to post pictures and a recap when we get back.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Debut of the D.C. Dawn Phenom

Last weekend, I traveled home to fulfill one of my obligations as a Testing Limits captain for Insulindependence - hosting a Dawn Phenomenon event in the Washington, D.C. area. The purpose of Dawn Phenoms, in short, is for a local group of people with Type 1 to gather and exercise together. DPs can be pretty effective community outreach tools, and a lot of fun, if you organize them well. I've got the D.C. DPs scheduled for the last Sunday morning of each month at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland. Sugarloaf is a great spot to hike in the fall, and it has a vineyard where you can stop for cider, wine, cheese and crackers and other goodies before or after hitting the trails.

Life at Williams-Mystic

My housemate brought home some buddies from the marina today! Here at Williams-Mystic, we keep jellyfish (or jellies) as pets. The pictures here aren't great, but you should be able to see that we have three jellies - specifically, "comb jellies," or Mnemiopsis leidyi - in a jar.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Half Marathon in Philly

Spent this past weekend in Philadelphia with Insulindependence to run the city's Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. I missed being in Mystic, but really enjoyed meeting Type 1 runners and visiting the Animas insulin pump headquarters/factory in Westchester, PA, not to mention the opportunity to complete another half marathon. This was my third race at this distance, and my slowest, but who's keeping track?
At Animas hq
Before the race. Note - these photos are not mine... they were taken on someone's cell phone and uploaded to Twitter by Insulindependence.