App Review: DMP App

Last week, I was honored to have a guest post from DMP – The Diabetes App. I decided that I would download it and see how it looked. Right off the bat, I think it’s a GREAT app! It’s visually appealing, full of useful information, and we can connect with other diabetics. Below is a detailed review of the app.


Visuals: 5/5

I love the colors they chose and the art that was used. It’s not harsh colors or lines, everything is kind of soft and smooth. It’s easy on the eyes.


Messaging System: 5/5

The messaging system is almost like text messaging. You can choose who your message goes to and just start typing. You have to make a connection with people in order to be able to message them.


Profile: 5/5

The profile is really great. You have your profile picture, username, # of posts, followers, and following right at the top. Your About section tells people what Type of Diabetes you have and when you were diagnosed. Then you can go into your Bio and you can fit a lot of information in your bio. At the bottom you can see your Recent Posts. There’s a ‘+’ button at the bottom where you can start writing a new post.


Feed: 5/5

You can access your Feed that has posts from others from groups you follow. Right now there aren’t a lot of groups. You can also go to a Type 1 or Type 2 specific daily chat from the main menu and see what other Type 2 diabetics are posting about today and you can post your encouragement, like posts, and report posts. It’s kind of like Facebook for diabetics.


Resources: 5/5

You will have a lot of access to resources like blog articles, meal plans and recipes, exercise videos, podcasts, and more. I love the exercise videos because they’re easy to follow along. I can’t wait for more videos to be added.


Overall: 5/5

You have access to so much through the app and I personally like to connect with others with Type 2 diabetes. There’s so much relatable content on the app and you can also connect with professionals like pharmacists and mental therapists. It’s a really great app and I highly recommend the app for fellow diabetics.

To download the app, click on the link below:

iOS:https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1522262547

Android:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.disciplemedia.dmp

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Guest Post: Monday Moves with DMP

Hello beautiful, wonderful people! Today I have a treat for you. We have a guest post from DMP – The Diabetes App, about their Monday Moves program. The app has exercise videos, recipes, a livestream archive of an array of topics, and a whole social media platform where we can connect with other diabetics. I will do an app review for you in the coming week, so keep an eye for that!


The benefits to working out are endless! From uplifting your mood, improving your cardiovascular health, to overall just feeling good about your body. However, despite all these known benefits, many people still find it difficult to get started. They ask themselves, what should I be doing? Am I doing this wrong? For those living with diabetes, exercise can provide even more benefits as it helps increase insulin resistance and can help some people with type 2 diabetes put their diabetes in remission. However, it can be daunting to do it all alone, and that’s why DMP created a plan so you don’t have to. 

DMP-The Diabetes App is a social platform in which people living with diabetes can connect with others going through the same thing. The app also offers a vast collection of resources including podcasts, recipes, exercise videos, articles, and more to help people with their diabetes management. DMP recently launched Monday Moves. Every Monday, DMP releases a new workout video for their users to follow along to. This keeps exercising fun and engaging. One of the main reasons that people quit their fitness regime is that they get bored of the same exercise routines week after week. With Monday Moves, DMP offers a fresh start to the beginning of every week. It reignites one’s passion for fitness and why they might have started this journey to begin with. Not only can people embark on this fitness journey with DMP, but by joining DMP they are connected to thousands of diabetics on the app. Another reason why people don’t stick to their workout? There is no one cheering them on. With an online support community, people can find the reassurance they need on days they feel like giving up.

Working out affects you more than just physically, it changes the way one sees themself. It shows them how capable they are and how strong they are. Like any journey, the important thing is to start slow and get informed. In the same way someone wouldn’t go down a ski slope without getting lessons, it’s important to get informed before starting any fitness regime. It’s recommended that people talk to their doctor before starting any fitness regime, and remember that DMP will be there along the way. After a workout, DMP urges its users to check out their recipe section for delicious recipes to support a healthy lifestyle.

If you are looking for a sign, this is it! Remember that fitness is about progress, not perfection. So strive towards getting better each and every day and try not to compare yourself to others. We are all in different stages and should be proud of what we have accomplished so far. To learn more about DMP and to enjoy our Monday Moves, visit our website www.thediabetesapp.com or download our FREE app today using the appropriate link below. At DMP, we believe that when we work together, we are stronger. 

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1522262547

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.disciplemedia.dmp

Season Two: Episode Four

FEBRUARY 22, 2021

I have to schedule doctor appointments! So much fun. I need one with my PCP for this week or next week, one with my endocrinologist for whenever, and one for next year with my foot doctor. I haven’t seen my Endocrinologist in a couple months now and while money is still a bit tight, I really need to my A1C checked because I don’t think it’s doing great but I need to know where I’m at.

Apparently, my foot doctor no longer takes my MedQuest insurance so I have to change to another provider under MedQuest. Whenever I do that, if I can do that, then I can schedule my foot exam for next year. Hopefully, we are able to change our provider.

I just got off the phone with my Endocrinologist’s office and I have an appointment for next month set and I need lab work done so I’m glad the ball is moving on this because I can feel my diabetes is not getting better and I think it’s time to take that other insulin. It’s the only way I think.

I’ve managed to lose a little weight but it’s not enough and that’s so frustrating! I’m still eating less rice than before but I guess everything else still affects my blood sugar and that’s also VERY FRUSTRATING!!! I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t been able to do a regular exercise regime or anything.

On an upside, last week a marketing copywriter for an app reached out to me and requested if they could do a guest post on the blog. That’s so exciting! So this Friday I will post my very first guest post! I am totally open to guest posts and I don’t mind if they promote themselves because I want to help everyone in the diabetes world. There’s not enough helpful information out there and I think more information should be available.

The guest post is about a diabetes app and I just downloaded it today. I plan to post a review about it next week so I have a whole week to check it out. It seems really cool so far and I can’t wait for you folks to get your hands on it too!

Other than that, I’m struggling to get my life and diabetes under control, but I’m still living life to the fullest!

Season Two: Episode Three

FEBRUARY 1, 2021

I’m sorry I haven’t been updating lately. I have been so busy with work that I can’t seem to find any time to blog these days, but I’m going to try and at least post ONCE a month for you folks. So far the update is neither good nor bad.

I have lost some weight just by cutting down on rice. If I even have rice in a day, it’s usually not a lot, maybe one or two scoops (about a cup) at any given mealtime. Most days I just go without rice and I’ll have mashed potatoes instead or nothing at all. Plus I’m consciously choosing more vegetables and proteins in my diet. I’ve managed to finally go below 212 pounds. I’ve been at about 212 pounds for several months, since the pandemic started. I’ve finally managed to keep my weight below 210 for a month so that’s an upside.

The downside is I haven’t been doing my insulin. I’m not sure how my medical is working out in the new year and I haven’t been in to see my doctor yet so I’m just making what I have already stretch, plus I still hate the needles I have and 99% of the time, they make me bleed and they are way more painful than my old needles. I have to find time to call my insurance company and make sure I’m still covered. But I am still unable to pay for a second insulin so I’m not sure when I’m going to see my endocrinologist again. Not too worried about it though.

I’m trying to take care of my diabetes on my own with diet and exercise and with what I’m doing I’m actually losing weight so who knows, if I lose enough weight and keep it off, I might be able to manage my diabetes better. My PCP always said if I just lost enough weight, I would be better off. Although he never told me how, I’ve had to manage on my own.

I am making arrangements to meet with a dietician so I can make my own diabetes meal plan and find what foods are best for me and all that jazz, so I’m excited about that. Work keeps me busy enough that I can keep myself moving and burning calories so I think I’ll be okay for now. I just have to get better at eating.

Thank you for sticking with me for this long. I am still selling stickers on my Etsy page. I hope to design and release new stickers in the next month or two. But for now I’ve been so busy and I just wanted to let you folks know that I am okay.

Season Two: Episode Two

JANUARY 10, 2021

I had my eye doctor appointment this past week. Turns out my eyes are okay. Thank goodness. I was a little worried when I took an eye test that gauged my peripheral vision. I could hardly see most of the lines with my left eye, but my doctor said I was nearly perfect which was good considering it was my first time doing that test. Though I do remember when I was a kid, I did something like it at my pediatrician’s doctor office. Gosh that was a memory from a million years ago, I still remember how the doctor office looked it never changed, and it actually still hasn’t changed to this day. The same doctor is there still practicing.

My gynecologist is the same doctor that delivered my sisters and I. It’s pretty crazy living in a small town. Hardly anything changes here, but when you really look, everything has changed.

I am currently making changes to my life. I think it’s been pretty positive so far. I have consciously made the decision to eat less rice. Before I would eat rice every meal of the day, but now it’s only once or twice a day, mostly once though. As I write this on Sunday night, I had a fruit salad for dinner because I had a pretty heavy breakfast, medium lunch, and I just didn’t feel like eating a lot for dinner so we went and got fruits. I wanted apples, but I ended up eating the fruit salad instead tonight.

This morning, I was the lightest I’ve been since May 2020. I weighed in at 207.9lbs. I’ve been plateaued at 212 for a long time and I’m really glad that cutting out rice has really made me feel lighter and less bloated. Sometimes I’m weak and eat a bunch of rice, but now I feel awful afterwards and completely regret it, so I’m learning a little at a time. I’m getting there.

I still haven’t contacted my endocrinologist. I’m going to get a raise at my job, so maybe that’ll be able to help pay for the second insulin, but really, I don’t think I can afford it. Oh and my pharmacist gave me a different needle from the one I’ve had and I HATE IT. It says it’s the same length as my other needle but that is a bull lie, it looks so much longer! When I inserted the needle in my thigh, I felt the whole thing and it kind of felt like it popped something when the whole needle went in, I don’t know how else to describe it. When I was injecting the insulin, I could feel every single click of the plunger as each unit went in and I HATED THAT MOST. It’s not been a good experience.

I’m working and studying to get my securities license. I’m trying to really work on my business and it’s going to be a long road, but I have to keep reminding myself why I’m doing it. The studying is like learning a whole new language but I’m excited about it.

My blood sugar still hasn’t been in range all that much lately, but I’m getting there. I wish I wasn’t diabetic. I wish I could have a child and a house of our own. I wish I wasn’t fat and I had an actual butt. Wishing can only get you so far. You have to put in the work and make your wishes come true. You can shout your wishes to the Universe, but YOU have to meet the Universe halfway. I’m trying to meet the Universe halfway and it’s a lot of work, but I have so much to fight for. I have to fight for it, no matter what.

Celebrating One Year!

Today The Young and Diabetic turns ONE!

I can’t believe 2020 has come and finally gone. Our first year together has been filled with ups and downs. We’ve been through a lot together, you, my valued reader, and I.

I remember in the final months of 2019, I was planning out my new up and coming blog about diabetes. I started putting together my website and began planning what kinds of posts I would publish. My mission was to educate people about diabetes so they can better manage their disease or so they can help others on their journey. My mission stays the same now going in to 2021.

I fell off the wagon last year and I plan to get right back on for the new year. My plans for this blog are too grow my followership and post regularly. I want to post more diabetic-friendly recipes and find more things about diabetes. I want to expand my Etsy shop and get better at marketing. But most of all, I want to continue sharing relevant and quality information about diabetes with all of you.

Also, to celebrate this amazing milestone for me, I will be offering free shipping on my Etsy shop ALL MONTH LONG!!! You can now have your stickers and masks shipped to you for free. My email subscribers are also going to receive a special discount for my shop, so if you want to find out what it is, subscribe to my newsletter to get access to special discounts and extra goodies!

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I have other products in the works which were supposed to be released this week but due to how backed up everything got with the holidays, I’ve had to postpone release until further notice. My email subscribers already know what’s coming and I really can’t wait to share with everyone.

2021 is going to be a great year regardless of everything to do with the pandemic. I’m speaking this in to existence right now. 2021 is going to be great. For me. For you. For everyone. We can make it through this new year. You’ve got this. And thank you for supporting me and celebrating one year of The Young and Diabetic.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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!