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Stockholm In Pictures

June 9, 2016
Stockholm in Pictures

Stockholm, it was about time I met you. I always suspected it would be a place I could have a passionate love affair with. Except the Swedes are too cool for such over-zealous displays of emotion. So instead I gave Stockholm some lingering eye contact; it gave me a subtle nod in return. I bit my lip, raised my eyebrow. It asked me how I was doing, and whether I was having a nice time. And I was. I really was. I spent a weekend flirting outrageously with this city, and like any blossoming relationship, it only left me wanting more. The cupid of this situation was Abbott, who had invited me to Stockholm for the second DX event, having attended the inaugural #DXBerlin last year. Honoured and delighted, I of course packed my bags, giddy with the anticipation of catching up with so many wonderful diabetics that social media has allowed me…

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VIDEO: 20 Year Diaversary, Spice Girls + Chest Waxing?!

June 2, 2016
diaversary

The videos just keep on coming don’t they? I’m having a lot of fun filming, being creative with the shooting and trying to make them look and sound lovely, rather than just simply waffling into a camera. I hope you’re enjoying them too, if not… sorry about that. This one’s worth watching on the basis that I dressed up as Posh Spice, complete with wig and catsuit. It was a lot. Aside from that, Ian heads up to Manchester and we explore the city with some nice coffee from Ezra & Gil in The Northern Quarter (good breakfast menu too in you love an egg/avocado combo as much as I do), Junkyard Golf Club which I would highly recommend as a fun way to spend an hour, and some super sushi from Umezushi, where I met a fellow type 1 with an Omnipod at the next table. Obviously. I also briefly…

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20 Years with Type 1 Diabetes

May 17, 2016
20 years with type 1 diabetes

Hey there, type 1 diabetes, you unassuming little thing. It’s just a Monday today. A Monday in late spring, where we’re still clinging onto the hope of a decent summer that may or may not be just around the corner. A Monday in which I got up, got showered, got dressed and went to work. I asked everyone how their weekends were. I told them about mine. I sat in meetings. I did my weekly shop on the way home. There was no party, no event. A day of routine behaviour; pleasant and nondescript. But today is also a unique day – an exceptional one in fact. On this day two decades ago, when I was eight, I woke up and did a wee in a glass jar. I went to the doctors, and then I got sent to the hospital. I was prodded and poked and my blood was drawn…

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VIDEO: Roaming in Rotterdam

April 13, 2016
Rotterdam Video

Rotterdam, where have you been hiding? I went to hang out with the mylife Diabetes Network – a collective of blogger wonders from across Europe who share the commonality of a defunct pancreas. I filmed the weekend, which was only slightly annoying for them… If you CBA with a video, I’ve done a little photo gallery too. But do watch the video my loves, it’s much more fun and I’ll reward you with £1,000,000 general awesomeness.

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Rotterdam in Pictures

March 30, 2016
rotterdam_slider

Rotterdam strikes me as a place that doesn’t get enough kudos. In the shadow of Amsterdam, I found a city with the most incredible, mixed up architecture, wonderful food and friendly, open people. I was there thanks to Ypsomed, the distributors of the Omnipod insulin pump that keeps me on this here earth. I joined their mylife Diabetes Network last year, and was inaugurated with a rather unbelievable trip to their HQ in Switzerland. This time we hit the Netherlands, which was no less unbelievable (or should that be no more believable?). The theme was again food, sightseeing and most importantly user testing and feedback of their upcoming products. In Burgdorf we saw the finished Ypsopump,  this time it was all about software. But software isn’t particularly sexy to photograph, so here are lots of pictures of a city that should get a lot more attention. There is a video coming soon that…

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VIDEO: Post-Op Return to Civilisation

March 15, 2016
post-op return

This idiot picked up her camera again… After being housebound for four days following the (casual) lasering of a piece of my heart, I ventured back into civilisation to celebrate y’know… being alive. Cue the montages. There’s a bit of East London roaming, a gorgeous celebratory lunch at Tarberna do Mercado (highly recommended if you like to try everything on the menu) and some red wine vibes with my best friends. Oh, and a couple of stubborn blood sugars… Do let me know if you like it. A full blog post of my ‘entertaining’ heart operation will be along soon…

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Frio Cooling Wallets: Giveaway

March 9, 2016
Frio

**Please note this giveaway is now closed** Woohoo, free stuff!! I’m here to talk about Frio wallets. What’s a Frio wallet, you cry wimper quietly wonder? Frio is a company that helps to keep your insulin cool in hot temperatures. Sounds nifty, mostly because it is. Many products in this world vie for our attention, but this one I’m more than happy to talk about because there’s not a lot else out there that fulfils this absolute need as a type 1 diabetic. Granted, cooling insulin is not something us Brits generally have to worry about on the daily, aptly illustrated by the fact that I’m typing this as the snow falls outside. IT’S MARCH, PEOPLE. Hey, global warming called and left a message: We’re screwed. O-zone issues aside, many people may be aware that insulin gets a bit funky when it gets too hot. So when you’re travelling on holiday, these…

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VIDEO: Hypos + Hiding from the Rain

February 29, 2016
Hypos + Hiding From The Rain

So apparently I reallllly like an emotional montage. Went vlogging again didn’t I? Me and my camera, roaming around that there London Town unsuccessfully trying to avoid the rain. A sudden hypo only briefly halted proceedings – there was a little visit to Broadway Market (one of my favourite places in this big bad city), and a short but super sweet meeting with Izzy for the first time. Plus some suspiciously well-behaved blood sugars, hypo aside. Just another little day in the life of this idiot type 1 diabetic; hope you enjoy!

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VIDEO: Setting A Temporary Basal

February 4, 2016
Temporary Basal Omnipod

Oh hey. Got a new camera. Made a new video. For this reason: No-one told me about the temporary basal function when I signed up to That Pump Life. I also (obviously) didn’t seek out that information, so that one’s on me. But I got an almost life-changing type of surprise when I did surrender the injections and attach myself to this little unassuming piece of kit that just quietly keeps me alive every day. This video is not an instruction, because it’s in what we shall henceforth deem ‘JenSpeak’ and if you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know that JenSpeak is a non-technical, slightly laboured and mildly bemusing way of communicating. BUT if you’re not one for the Science Bit, this might just work for you.   I am very aware I chose music that really sounds like I’m in a Sonic the Hedgehog game. Which is probably a childhood dream realised. For…

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