PLEASE: Remember Surroundings And Timeframe When You Park
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by tomkarlya
3w ago
I have mentioned this topic before but it can never be overstated. With the winter break now over and kids heading back to school, every fiber in my ‘dad’ body begs me to plead with you to please be very alert on where you park and when at the time you arrive for classes. Many times you will arrive in a parking lot after a few classes have already started, and in the middle of the daytime, you may not be reflecting on how far away you actually are and the fact that your last class is at 6 pm, it will be pretty dark, and many of those same cars are now gone. There will be nothing but a healthy ..read more
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We Were Promised a Cure…and…Yeah, Now What?
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by tomkarlya
2M ago
We all heard it. We may have even said it based on what we were told by those ‘in the know.’ The cure for diabetes will be here in 5 years. I asked a top scientist once about this phrase, and his answer was enlightening, “There was a time that so much was happening in the world of diabetes that many in the scientific world truly believed; how could it NOT be here in 5 years?” I was even told that this would be the case, to my own peril, as I shared it with others, and worst yet, I believed it.  And it didn’t happen. Organizations even got behind beliefs like the Decade for a Cure.  ..read more
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Little More than a Picture Frame Will Remain
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by tomkarlya
3M ago
This picture has been on my shelf for a million years. It’s of my Grandfather and Grandmother on Mom’s side of the family. They were married on Flag Day (June 14th) a long, long time ago. My grandfather told his kids that their anniversary was such a special day the world put flags out in their honor.  He worked long hours to make sure his family did not feel the depression era as many did. Mom shared that they were the only ones to have a car on the block during that dark part of history, and no matter what, they went away each summer. My grandfather died a month before I was born, and m ..read more
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Want to Make a Difference? Here’s Something ANYONE Can Do.
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by tomkarlya
4M ago
Next month is November. Thanksgiving and Diabetes Awareness Month in the same month. They almost seem like polar opposites, don’t they? To begin, and let me be 1000% clear on this point: I. HATE THIS. DISEASE. I, like that fiddle play who made a deal with the devil that he was better, would also sell my soul for my kids not to have this disease. That’s how much I hate it. Even now that they are adults, the worry is still there. I cannot imagine what goes through their heads each night when they lay their head down. A fear must always be there. You do not need me to define that fear, any word y ..read more
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by tomkarlya
4M ago
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Hey, Pat Yourself on the Back
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by tomkarlya
5M ago
You need to see how far you have come. When it is 3 a.m. and your child’s blood sugar is just not coming down.  When you have been up through the night trying to figure out whether the pizza or the peach is why your child’s blood glucose levels are through the roof.  When you come from your Doctor’s appointment and you’re thinking, “Pretty sure not one thing I said was heard”.  When you feel like no one understands like you do, this life with diabetes and the ups and downs. Take a deep breath. Recently I was speaking to a mom about her child’s diagnosis just three days before.&n ..read more
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Tick…Tick…Tick…Tick
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by tomkarlya
6M ago
I’m in New Jersey this week as I write this column.  I walked outside my hotel this morning, and some helicopters were flying overhead.  I looked up at them and as my gaze lowered, I realized I was looking at Manhattan from the New Jersey side, and directly across from me was lower Manhattan.   The Lower Manhattan attacked, destroyed, and now rebuilt.  I have no recollection of ever looking at Manhattan in this manner.  As I have shared before, I spent a good deal of time down there from 9/11-9/12; 36 straight hours of hell is a good way to put it. As I took my l ..read more
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Being ‘AT IT’ a Long, Long Time
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by tomkarlya
6M ago
Someone once asked me how long I would be ‘at this diabetes thing’?  I’m sure my eyes fluttered extensively as I heard the question.  I’m not really sure what the question means.  To ‘stop’ at this diabetes thing would mean the battle was over.  It would have been won or lost, but it would be the only reason to ‘stop’…..and losing is not an option. Some friends were gathered lately and there was a missing ‘someone’ from the group.  “Hey what happened to XYZ, are they still around?” The answer came back, “It’s been years since they had been seen, they found a new job ..read more
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Hey Mom, Hey Dad; Now is the Time-BE READY!
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by tomkarlya
7M ago
August is usually one of the most exciting times for our kids.  Many have left high school and are about to head off to college or begin a career.  In as much as we, as parents, are excited it cannot be understated to make sure a ‘half-an-eye’ is focused on our children.  Not denying the excitement that they face, it is also met with enormous anxiety of the unknown.  That anxiety raises exponentially if your child is also at this age while dealing with their diabetes. There are millions of questions that we need to be patient with and need to make clear of the messaging tha ..read more
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Truly Deserving People in the Name of One Incredible Lisa
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by tomkarlya
8M ago
14 Years is a long time. This is year 14 that I have bestowed the Lisa Award on some deserving people in the diabetes world.  14 years ago since my dear friend and wife of my Little Brother (from another mother but just as close as a real brother) Mark, has left this world.  You did not know Lisa’s laugh, Lisa’s smile and staring death in the face. You did not know that Lisa was a one-of-a-kind woman who proved to the world that one person, just one, is all it takes to change the world; the Power of One.  In memory of that voice that changed the world, I made a promise that ..read more
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