Tips for the Holidays 2020

Hello there fellow diabetics! I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays. I know we may not be able to celebrate the same way this year as years before. You may even be celebrating alone this year. Please do not let this get you down, this is not an excuse to eat in excess this year.

There will be a lot of challenges this holiday season and I want to give you some tips to help keep you on track as much as possible.

  • Balance rich treats and special meals with super healthy, veggie-based snacks and meals
  • Fit in extra activity daily
  • Increase your water intake
  • Keep thinking positively
  • Engage with others
  • Don’t let others pressure you
  • Remember your overall health goals
  • Slow down and be present with the food
  • Capture the first bite
  • Take small portions – you can always go back for more
  • Enjoy the flavor and texture of the food
  • Remember family and friends no longer with us
  • Honor your memories, all the special people and moments with the food you make this year
  • Appreciate that you have enough food to eat
  • Appreciate that you have a choice in what you eat
  • Chew your food slowly and savor the flavors
  • I cannot stress this enough, get some extra activity in!

Remember, this is a time to spend being thankful for what you still have this year. I know 2020 freaking sucks, you may have lost a couple people this year. But there is still so much to be thankful for.

There’s a couple of really good looking vaccines that will be available soon. You are still alive right now. You may still have friends and family. You still have someone to talk to (me). You woke up this morning.

Times may seem dark right now, but I want you to know that wherever there is darkness, light is sure to follow. Just hang in there. You are the most amazing person in the world. You can make it through each day one step at a time. You’ve got this!

Some of them are bad quality but I want to share some photos of my fur baby that passed away a month ago. May it trigger your seratonin and make you feel better.

Donating to Diabetes Research

Diabetes research is an ongoing promise by multiple organizations to help bring an end to diabetes. Below I will go over some of those organizations, including the ones I will be directly donating to this month and I will provide links for you to check them out for yourself.


American Diabetes Association

ADA is a non-profit organization with a network of more than 565,000 volunteers, a membership of more than 540,000 people with diabetes, their families and caregivers, a professional society of nearly 20,000 health care professionals and more than 250 staff members.

They have various ways you can get involved, donate, or even give back. If you can’t afford to donate to ADA, you can check out this link for an alternative way of giving back. One of the cool ones I saw was SurveyMonkey. Every survey you complete, SurveyMonkey will give $0.50 to ADA. That’s really cool.

If you want to donate to ADA, there is a general link for donations. The money donated goes towards everything the ADA needs to keep their mission going, including community outreach and education.

If you want to donate directly to diabetes research, the ADA Research Foundations takes donations directly at this link. Donations made to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation are 100% restricted to Association-funded diabetes research projects. The Research Foundation provided critical funding to support innovative scientific discovery that will translate to better treatments, healthier lives, and eventual cures.

Your support is more important than ever, because far too many of those who live with this disease can’t afford the care they need to manage it. I highly encourage you take a look and explore their website. They also have a link to a petition you can sign today that advocates for affordable insulin. If you or a loved one has to buy insulin just to survive, sign this petition so everyone who needs insulin to survive can get access to it at an affordable price!

RECAP

Promotions That Give Back
Donate to ADA
Donate to Diabetes Research
Sign Petition to Make Insulin Affordable


Cures Within Reach

Cures Within Reach is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. They fund disease research and repurposing research. Cures Within Reach helps to improve patient quality and length of life by leveraging the speed, safety, and cost-effectiveness of medical repurposing research, driving more treatments to more patients more quickly.

They have researched 49 diseases, funded 85 repurposing projects, funded 51 institutions, and improved 13 diseases.

Repurposing research investigates whether a drug, device, diagnostic, nutritional product, or other therapy approved for human use in one disease or condition can be used to create a medical solution in a different disease or condition (source).

Cures Within Reach is committed to alleviating suffering and bringing hope to those dealing with life-threatening illness, challenging research institutions to support alternative approaches for research and funding that may lead to medical breakthroughs, inspiring and funding researchers with innovative ideas that might otherwise remain unexplored, and honoring a donor’s unique motivation to have an impact on the pursuit of treatments and cures.

Currently, they have 24 active research projects and only two are related to diabetes: Repurposing a Vaccine for Type 1 Diabetes and Treating Cataracts in Diabetic Patients Using a Surgical Device. You can click the links to check out those research projects and learn more.

Donations made to Cures Within Reach goes towards funding their research projects in various diseases, not just diabetes. Unfortunately, you can’t choose which project you want to donate to, but you can be assured that your donation will go into the research of many great projects that could help with treatment of multiple diseases.

If you can’t donate right now, you could consider volunteering your time. You could blog or help raise awareness on social media, highlight videos of their events, or help with patient education events. To get started, you can email them at info@cureswithinreach.org.

RECAP

CureAccelerator
Repurpose Vaccine for T1 Diabetes
Treating Cataracts in Diabetes
Donate to Research
Current Research Projects
Volunteer


American Society of Nephrology

ASN is a non-profit tax-exempt organization that represents more than 21,000 kidney health professionals working to help people with kidney diseases and their families. Their goal is a world without kidney diseases. Their vision is to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases.

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. About 1 in 3 adults with diabetes has kidney disease. The main job of the kidneys is to filter waste and extra water out of your blood to make urine. Your kidneys also help control blood pressure and make hormones that your body needs to stay healthy.

I have added ASN to my list of non-profits to support in case you or someone you know has kidney disease caused by diabetes. I know that it would be beneficial to target the diabetes first, but if you suffer from kidney disease, there may be some way to treat it provided by ASN.

Donations to ASN will fund research that will improve treatments and find cures for the millions of patients impacted by kidney diseases.

RECAP

Donate to Kidney Research


Good Sports

Good Sports is dedicated to creating opportunities in sports and physical activity for kids through donations of brand new sports equipment, apparel, and footwear. Their goal is to help youth-serving programs by increasing the total amount of youth participants, enhance the experience for all young people involved, and create new opportunities for the kids they serve.

Many children in low income families are not able to be involved in sports or physical activity simply because they cannot afford it. What Good Sports does is help level the playing field and make sure all kids have the equipment to participate and funds to travel with their teams if they need.

There are several ways to donate to Good Sports. You can donate a monetary contribution once. You can become a Goal Maker and donate every month. You can also Equip-A-Kid, which is a program they have where you can purchase one or more pieces of equipment in a sport to donate to a child. You can also fully equip a child or a whole team in softball, baseball, football, volleyball, soccer, general fitness, tennis, and basketball, however much you can afford. Please note, that monetary donations to Good Sports go through PayPal, though a PayPal account is not required.

If we can get our children more active throughout their childhood, they can continue to be physically active in adulthood and that could help prevent them from getting diabetes and other health ailments later in life. Remember, obesity affects not just adults but our children too.

RECAP

Donate to Help a Child
Become a Goal Maker
Equip-A-Kid


Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

DRIF is a not-for-profit corporation with a sole focus to find a cure for diabetes. They are so serious about this goal that they want to put themselves out of business by curing diabetes.

DRIF provides funding to Diabetes Research Institute scientists to begin work on promising ideas and provide funding throughout the research process all the way to the end. When donating to DRIF and their diabetes research, your donation gives their scientists the funding they need to achieve their goal of finding the cure for diabetes.

They provide support for parents, provide tips and resources for managing diabetes, as well as provide diabetes management classes at their clinic in Florida, though with COVID-19 I’m not sure if they are still holding classes but feel free to check if you’re in Florida. You can see where they are with their research, but with COVID-19 they haven’t posted any updates for 2020 as of the posting of this blog post. There are also other ways to help besides directly donating to DRIF, like purchasing a shirt from Keep Calm or going through their Amazon Smile link when purchasing off of Amazon, a portion of the proceeds go to DRIF. I highly encourage you check out their website especially the management tips and resources.

RECAP

Donate to Find a Cure
Support for Parents
Managing Diabetes
Diabetes Classes


I sincerely hope you look into these organizations and maybe find some interest in supporting one of them. Otherwise, for November 2020, I am going to donate to the first four organizations during the month and I hope to start another collection of products in my shop that will be specifically for donating to organizations like these. I’ll let you know when that happens but for now, please consider supporting my blog AND these organizations by heading over to my Etsy shop and purchasing a sticker or two. I will be donating 10% of proceeds to one organization each week.

The Journey: Episode Twenty-Seven

NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Well there isn’t really anything to update. A couple weeks ago, we bought an ice cream/rice scooper with the little wiper thing. Last night, I finally used it to help my portion control with my rice. Usually I pile the rice on however much I THINK I need, which is way too much. So last night I used my scoop and made two small scoops. They were small like I could put them in my hand and roll them into little rice balls. We had breakfast for dinner, eggs, bacon, and Portuguese sausage with rice. My two scoops were just the right amount! I am so upset by how much I have been overeating rice in my life. My blood sugar didn’t really reflect the lower amount of rice, but I’m sure in the long run it’ll start showing.

In Hawaii, it’s common for people to lose weight when they eat less rice or no rice at all. I’m definitely going to be eating a lot less rice, so we’ll see how much weight I lose, if any at all.

As of today, I’ve gotten two orders on my Etsy shop and I’m super excited that I’ve even gotten that much. My hopes of selling stickers and other merchandise to keep my blog running is working pretty okay right now. If I can sell four or five stickers, then I have enough to order a new sticker design or another batch of stickers so I’m really excited for that! I’ve saved enough that I can order one or two new designs to put up on the shop in the coming weeks. Since you’re my follower, you get to see what’s new first. You can also follow my Instagram and Facebook to see updates too!

My sister thinks I should make car decals. While I think that’s a great idea, I do have to find suppliers and keep it within budget. I do have plans to expand to pins and notebooks one day. If I do decide to do decals, I have a friend who makes decals on her cricut and I could maybe ask her to make a batch for me, that way I can keep things local and the money in Hawaii’s economy. That would be great. But we’ll see what happens. It’s only been a little over a week now and I’m doing okay so far.

I’m running low on Lantus prescriptions so I’d have to call my endocrinologist to renew my prescription for another year’s worth of insulin. 95 units seems to be where it’s at unfortunately. If I can bring my weight down and my blood sugar under control, then maybe I can lower my insulin dosage, but I haven’t been within range with 95 units enough times yet and I’m terrified to go up to 100 units. 95units already hurts a lot and I am not a fan of double injections on the same night.

In fact, my left thigh has still been sore recently so I’ve decided to do 20 injections in my right thigh for now. I’m making sure the last ten are staying at least one inch below the first ten and at least 1/4 inch away from each other. So far this arrangement has been working out as I just did injection 16 last night. I just hope that my left thigh will be okay for injections to start soon. It’s been really tender and sore to the touch on some places. The bruises have faded away but there are still bumps from old injections that still haven’t gone away yet. It’s pretty frustrating.

I’ve been pretty proud of myself. We still have a lot of Halloween candy in the house since October and I haven’t been going off on them like I thought I would. In fact, the most chocolate I ate in the past month was yesterday and it was because of my period and even then it was maybe 2 ounces of chocolate.

I’ve also decided to get back in to intermittent fasting as well. I already don’t eat after a certain time anyway so making it to 16 hours usually isn’t that difficult, but I want to make it a regular thing more often. I’m going to keep trying. Somehow I’ve had this sudden spurt of inspiration and determination that is propelling me forward with eating better and moving around more. I don’t know where it came from, but I want to jump on it and try to turn it in to good habits before I lose it, you know?

I guess I did have updates on my journey today. I’m really glad you’re sticking around. Your support is giving me the motivation to continue working on myself to be better. Suddenly sitting in front of a couple dozen people make being accountable all the more easier to do. Thank you so much for supporting me, especially through this pandemic. It’s been hard but I’m really glad that I’m doing this. It’s never too late to want to make yourself healthier.

World Diabetes Day

Happy World Diabetes Day, fellow diabetics! It’s not something really to celebrate but during Diabetes Awareness Month, it helps bring awareness of this disease worldwide every year.

What is World Diabetes Day?

It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the threat posed by diabetes. In 2006, World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day. It is marked every year on November 14th, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin alongside Charles Best in 1922.

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes.

How ‘worldwide’ is World Diabetes Day?

It is the largest diabetes awareness campaign in the world reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. That’s astounding!

How can I recognize World Diabetes Day campaigns in my area?

Look for the blue circle logo. This logo was adopted by the campaign in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

For more information about World Diabetes Day 2020, you can download this .PDF:

I encourage you to find out more about World Diabetes Day and make every day in your community a day of awareness about diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation has many resources and information about diabetes whether you’re here in America or around the world. Don’t let diabetes become bigger than it’s already gotten, once we’re aware of the dangers and the ways we can prevent it, we win. Be safe out there and tell a nurse how much you appreciate them.

History of Diabetes

This is a short history of diabetes. From the times of the Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to modern day, diabetes has been present throughout our history.

Diabetes mellitus comes from the words diabetes (Greek) meaning siphon, to pass through, and mellitus (Latin) honeyed or sweet. This is a reference to the excess sugar found in the blood and urine of someone with diabetes. In the 17th century, diabetes was known as the ‘pissing evil’ because of the excessive urination and thirst.

It was first recorded in English in a medical text around 1425 though the symptoms of diabetes were recorded as far back as Ancient Egypt. In the Middle Ages, diabetes was believed to be a disease of the kidneys, but in the late 18th century they found it occurred in people who experienced an injury to the pancreas. Before proper research and treatment, when someone had symptoms of diabetes it was often thought as a death sentence as they would often die within weeks or months of symptoms appearing.

In 1889, Joseph von Mering and Oskar Minkowski discovered the role of the pancreas in diabetes through research with dogs. They would remove the pancreases of multiple dogs and observe the symptoms of diabetes develop in the dogs before they passed away.

In 1910, Sir Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer found that diabetes was a result from a lack of insulin.

In 1919, Dr. Frederick Allen introduced a therapy of strict dieting or starvation treatment as a way to manage diabetes, not unlike the treatments that were used by others in history.

In 1921, Sir Frederick Grant Banting and Charles Herbert Best repeated the work of von Mering and Minkowski. They also gave the diabetic dogs insulin extracts from healthy dogs and found the results to be in their favor. In 1922, they purified insulin from pancreases of cows and created an effective treatment for diabetes available. This earned them a Nobel Prize in 1923.

January 1922 saw the very first patient to receive insulin injections, a 14-year-old named Leonard Thompson. He lived another 13 years before he died of pneumonia at age 27.

In 1936, Sir Harold Percival Himsworth published his work about differentiating between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

In 1982, the first biosynthetic human insulin, Humulin, was created that was identical in chemical structure to human insulin. It was mass produced and available globally.

In 1988, metabolic syndrome was discovered by Dr. Gerald Reaven. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that raises risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other health problems. Metabolic syndrome is a serious health condition. It is diagnosed when any three of the following five risk factors are present:
• High blood glucose (sugar)
• Low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol in the
blood
• High levels of triglycerides in the blood
• Large waist circumference or “apple-shaped” body
• High blood pressure

In the centuries that diabetes has been present in human history, we as humans have come so far. In Ancient Greece, they prescribed physical activity and a change in diet, just as we do today. Where they might only have lived weeks or months with their condition, now we can survive many years and thrive with diabetes.

Perhaps someday we can find a cure to diabetes instead of preventative measures. There are many organizations around today doing research in diabetes to find a cure. You can help donate to their efforts.

American Diabetes Association
Cures Within Reach
American Society of Nephrology


References

American Heart Association
News Medical: Life Sciences
Medical News Today


Spread the Word

Did you like this post? Do you know someone that could benefit from it? Share it with your family and friends!

Follow the Young and Diabetic to get a free Diabetic Log download!

Use it to log your medication, blood sugar, exercise, and food every day.

Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.

You are following this blog (manage).

Want to see more from this blog? Take this survey to tell me what you want to learn more about!

The Journey: Episode Twenty-Six

NOVEMBER 8, 2020

Well nothing really good has happened. My endocrinologist has decided he can’t help me if I can’t afford my medication. Like thanks, man. I can barely afford my Lantus every two weeks and another insulin would be pushing it. I finally met the deductible for my health insurance this year and it only lasts until December 31, 2020 then my deductible starts all over again. I have to pay $6500 before they pay for anything. I’m not sure if my deductible will change next year.

So whenever I get a job and I’m able to pay for additional medication, he said I can give him a call and we can get started on another insulin. I’m hoping that I can get my blood sugar under better control before then so I won’t need it. I was doing so well with my blood sugar before and now it’s so out of control.

I suspect it started after my dog had a stroke and I was up most of the night and day keeping an eye on her to make sure she didn’t get hurt or crawl under the bed. Her condition didn’t improve and we had to put her down on October 27th and my blood sugar still hasn’t improved. I really miss her and her death hit me pretty hard. I’m getting better though and since I no longer have to take care of her, I can now apply for a job, but with coronavirus, they’re pretty slim pickings and I’m concerned for my own health with my compromised immune system.

All I can do right now is take care of myself. I need to make sure I eat healthier, sleep better, and exercise more. If I can find a job, we could hopefully move out of my grandma’s house and find a place of our own. I’ve been really stressed so I also need to better manage my stress. It’s all a bit much but I can do it. I am also taking an online hypertension management class offered through a local program. It’s only on Thursday night for three weeks but I’ve already learned a lot from the first class.

I am a little more motivated to work on my diet now. I am aiming for a low-fat, low-sodium, and low-carb diet to help manage my hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes. They are also going to sign me up for a nutrition class they offer and get me in contact with one of their dieticians. I haven’t been able to meet with one since my diagnosis three years ago so this will be great.

I am also going to make an effort to eat more fruits and veggies as well as exercise more. Just getting out of the house will do me good I think.

Other than that, I’m pretty much in a worse place than a couple months ago and there’s a lot of work I have to put in to get back to where I was and improve on that. Right now, I weigh about 211 pounds so I have a lot of work to lose 10% of my body weight, which is my goal.

Money is always going to be a problem for my husband and I right now during this pandemic and the only way to remedy it is for me to find a job. Until then, I am also selling stickers on my Etsy shop. It’s not much but it can help keep my blog running without using my own money.

I have three designs ready to print, I just need the money for them, which I’m saving up for. I’m also designing a couple more. I really like making the stickers. It’s a lot of fun. I am also thinking of making enamel or acrylic pins using the same designs. This is very exciting!

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and it is very important. Diabetes affects so much more people today than a century ago. As obesity affects more and more people each year, diabetes diagnoses are on the rise. I really hope that the information I share on my blog can help you better understand diabetes as well as inform you of some early signs of diabetes. The earlier your doctor can find your diabetes, the better your chances are of controlling and possibly reversing your diabetes.

This month, I want to help in the diabetes research advances and donate to their efforts.

11/8-11/14: American Diabetes Association
11/15-11/21: Cures Within Reach
11/22-11/28: American Society of Nephrology
11/29-12/5: Good Sports

I have launched my Etsy shop and I will be selling my stickers there. 10% of profits from each order will be donated to each organization at the end of each week. The minimum will be $20 whether I sell stickers or not that will come out of my own pocket but I do encourage you to check out my stickers and maybe make a purchase to help donate OR you can go to each organization and donate for yourself!

Also, November 14th is World Diabetes Day so stay tuned for more about that!

This month, we are wearing blue on Fridays in solidarity with diabetics around the world. I will publish another article about the significance of blue with diabetes. Until then, I encourage you to search on your own what diabetes awareness means to you and hopefully one day we can help bring a cure for diabetics everywhere.

The Journey: Episode Twenty-Five

OCTOBER 12, 2020

First update in a long while. I couldn’t afford my other insulin, Novolog 70/30 mix, so I decided to just keep taking my Lantus. I told my doctor about it and he said that’s fine. I just have to monitor my blood sugar more than I was before which was morning and night. He also wants me to check after I eat as well to see what elevates my sugar and all that.

My sugar has been more in range lately so that’s a plus. But I’m still experiencing more highs than lows. I’m taking my dog outside more because she’s getting restless at home now. Our room is too small but I don’t trust her bladder out in the rest of the house. She can’t be outside for too long, it’s really hot here and she overheats easily so I usually wait until after the sun is beyond Mauna Kea when it’s cooler on our side of the island and let her walk around. The fresh air has been a huge welcome for me. I can’t let her out of my sight. Last time she crawled under the bed and got stuck under there until we pulled her out.

Otherwise, life has been really off. My birthday was this past Friday and we got to go on a road trip to Waimea and back with my dog, she kind of enjoyed it. She was so tired afterwards. I wanted to go to the beach but it was Fall Break here and the beaches were crowded so maybe this week we’ll go to the beach.

That’s pretty much what’s going on right now. I need to come back to this blog and write some more. There are a lot of distractions in my life right now and I need to control them better.

The Journey: Episode Twenty-Four

SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

Some good news. I made the decision to lower my insulin dosage from 85 units to 80 units.Why? Mostly because it stings a hell of a lot when I do 85, but also because I want to stretch my insulin as long as I can. And I’ve been doing the 80 units for the last four days and so far my blood sugar levels have been more in range with 80 units than with 85 units. That’s a real surprise to me.

However, I did have one day that was high and I noticed that it was because I forgot to drink my cinnamon tea the night before. When I do drink my tea, my sugar is in range the next morning so that’s pretty awesome.

There’s not much left to talk about. Everything has pretty much been the same as far as not being able to afford my medications all the time. My husband’s birthday is on Wednesday and I plan to make him dinner for a change. He wants mashed potatoes and pork chops. If my grandma’s garden still has green beans, I plan to harvest some and cook some of those with dinner. I think he’d appreciate it if I made him dinner. He always makes dinner, he complains about it too but I know he likes doing it, he can practice cooking and cutting and he’s getting better at it. He is a cook after all.

I am also planning to make him Italian seasoning. I have almost all of the herbs and spices, and he’s been wanting some for a long time. I just need a container to put it in.

My dog had a stroke the Friday before last. She’s doing better after the vet, her recovery is slow-going but she’s walking more and she has an appetite which is good. Her head is tilted and she still kind of walks in circles but she’s walking straighter now. She has started to lose control of her peeing, She pees herself a lot now. We’re keeping a close eye on her. We have step in our room to get up into the rest of the house and today she got herself up that step which was really amazing for her. I hope her recovery goes smoothly.

Other than that, that’s pretty much what’s going on in my life. I do hope to order stickers this week. I’m still deciding which online seller to work with, although it does look like I’ll be working with Etsy, which isn’t so bad except that they have a lot of fees. But we’ll get there when we get there.

The Journey: Episode Twenty Two

SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

So I couldn’t afford to get my Novolog Mix 70/30 this week. No shock there. My insurance preferred that I get the brand name insulin which was obviously more, almost $600 a box of five pens. So the pharmacy asked if I wanted to screw my insurance and go with the generic and I said okay. Hah $300 per box of five pens. Then I asked if they could take my GoodRX card, they said sure. That would have brought my insulin down to $132. Which that was still too high a cost this week with all of our bills we had to pay, including the insurance that won’t pay for my medications.

So instead I went back to KTA and refilled my Lantus for $99. So I’ve been taking that the last two nights again. Not sure when we’ll get the money to pay for the Novolog, if we’ll get that money. Unemployment is supposed to give us backpay for August but we don’t know when that is coming. I’ve resorted to selling life insurance to hopefully help pay the bills.

I say it like it’s a bad thing. It’s not. I genuinely think people should be getting life insurance right now, especially with the pandemic going on and unemployment still being high. I’m really glad I got my life insurance before I was diagnosed with diabetes because I could potentially be uninsurable. My husband is on my policy and he’s the only one currently working a stable job. If I were to lose him, his insurance could help me financially which would be great.

I think of all of my friends and family who aren’t insured and have children. If they caught COVID-19, their children would be at risk. It’s a sad thought. So I’m glad I was able to get one of my friends insured, as well as his wife and kids, because now they can rest easy knowing if anything were to happen, they would be okay financially.

If only that line of business was more stable. But that’s alright. We’re making do. I can’t get my insulin right away but that’s okay, we’ll get by. I’m hoping I can make more sticker sales so I can pay for my business expenses separate from my personal expenses. I just have to keep persevering. Good things will come, I know they will.

So I have to wait until my husband’s pay day and hope he gets paid enough for the bills and my insulin. He worked too much hours to qualify for unemployment this week and my unemployment doesn’t get filed until next Sunday. Pay day is Friday. I have a doctor appointment with my PCP for my regular pills. I might have to pay for those because apparently we no longer qualify for QUEST medical and they picked up on the copay that HMSA left me with so that’s probably another $40 right there.

We have over $200 in bills to pay this week and only $40 in our account. Super great fun right there. Healthcare should seriously be more affordable than this. Isn’t America just great? I’m just upset that I can’t afford my medication. It all just sucks, but I will never give up.

My message to all of you out there: Keep on moving, don’t give up, and especially don’t give up on yourself. You’ve got this and I’m right here with you every step of the way. You have some rooting in your corner, always on your side, all the way out here in Hawaii. Never, ever give up. You can fight this and you can make it out of this alive. I believe in you.