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What a Daughter with a Chronic Condition Desperately Wants Her Parents to Know

By Gretchen Otte

I can honestly say that my mother and father saved my life. I would not be here today if they were not by my side. During a scary, worrisome time in my life, both of my parents provided an enormous amount of love and support in different ways.My mother is my best travel buddy, my protector, my personal advocator, my number one cheerleader, and my soulmate. She was the only person first hand to

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3 Days of Eating for Type 1 Diabetes Gretchen Otte

By Gretchen Otte

After I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 23, it took me some time to figure out what my body likes and dislikes. Constantly playing around with food choices and determining how it affects my blood sugar (and thus how much insulin each meal requires) is a challenging experiment on its own. However, after identifying patterns and really listening to my own body throughout this period

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The Mortifying Way I Discovered My Autoimmune Disease

By Gretchen Otte

Three weeks before I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I traveled to New York City to stay with a friend from college. Some common symptoms were creeping up on me in full force at this point. One day while we were in the city, my friend had a casting call for a play, so I decided to venture to a movie theater and have a relaxing day to myself.On the walk from her apartment in Washington Heig

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How a Stranger Convinced Me My Diabetes Diagnosis Wasn’t the End of The World

By Gretchen Otte

My mom saw me swaying and pulled me down to sit on a hot cobblestone curb of ancient Pompeii. She shoved Italian sweets into my mouth to help stabilize me. I burst into tears, sobbing over the fact that I couldn’t even walk a simple trail on a tour without having a crashing low. I knew that going on a cruise right after a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis was going to be difficult, but now it seemed imp

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