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Saturday, November 14, 2015

T1D Exposed: The Nude Diabetes Advocacy Project

Today is World Diabetes Day and also the day that the T1D Exposed calendars have begun shipping!  Order your copy of the calendar here:

The theme for the 2016 T1D Exposed calendar focused on people's passions and I chose flowers and philosophy as mine! Flowers are my feel-good friends, they make my heart happy; Philosophy is like my tormented lover that works-out my brain - at times making it go absolutely stir-crazy and other times rewarding me with such a sense of satisfaction all while always keeping me wanting more.  The experience doing the shoot was a lot of fun and I cannot wait to see the finished project. 
Many thanks to the lovely Tara Lyman (who was the photographer for this shoot) and Katie Craft for being absolutely amazing and for the opportunity of being part of this year's project!

Why I chose to get involved with T1D Exposed:
See, I was the girl who, when diagnosed last May, said that I would never ever want to be attached to one of those things. But, 6 months after diagnosis I tried an insulin pump and cgm and loved how much they both helped me manage my T1D. It was difficult to accept the fact that I was attached to tubing 24/7 and had weird things that stuck out from my belly. Then there's the being naked part...having to get used to always seeing my sensor sites and the little pricks and bruises they leave behind. It can be a rough road adjusting to a very different version of "normal" but ultimately, I've chosen to embrace it all and look at the changes to my body as new, beautiful parts of myself and my goal is to help others feel more comfortable with themselves and the changes that T1D has on their bodies as well.  I decided to participate in the T1D Exposed project because I think it is the perfect avenue to celebrate and embrace these changes and the unique beauty special to those with type one diabetics - robot parts and all!
It is easy to feel self-conscious, very abnormal, and un-sexy having to poke your fingers multiple times a day and having things constantly attached to your body.  But, instead of working to hide these robot-like parts - the tubing and sites that stick out from our stomach, arms, or legs, in order to look more "normal", I choose to wear my sites and my insulin pump with pride and always welcome the questions people ask me about it because spreading awareness about type one diabetes is so, so important.  So while the very un-sexy and self-conscious feelings do inevitably creep in, I find it so important to remind myself that this is my new "normal" and that these things help keep us alive, and that in itself is such a beautiful thing and can be goddamn sexy too!  I wouldn't describe myself as a gal that wears her heart on her sleeve, but I do often wear my cgm on my sleeve and my "pancreas" on my hip - they are parts of me now, parts that help me stay alive, and I am forever thankful that this technology exists and that projects like T1D Exposed, who donate all precedes to organizations like JDRF who are dedicated to one day making type one, type none!  Can't wait for the day a cure comes, but in the meantime I will keep choosing to hold an attitude of gratitude and appreciate the tools that help me manage my t1d, to appreciate the amount of strength, calculations, and resiliency it takes just to live day to day with a disease like this, and of course, to appreciate and truly embrace all the changes - good, bad, exciting, or devastating that come along with it which has helped mold me into who I am today.  I am a gal living with an incurable autoimmune disease who, with the help of these robot parts, is able to keep myself alive and complication free, and that in itself is such a powerful symbol of strength and I think that is pretty damn sexy.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Margot Tenenbaum

Pretty much had the best Halloween ever last weekend.
First of all, I am a huge Wes Anderson fan and though Moonrise Kingdom is my favorite favorite, I'm also very in love with the Royal Tenenbaums as well so I was so excited to dress up as Margot.  I found the wig, vintage coat, bag, and the Lacoste shirt (worn as a dress) all online and then wore a pair of Everlane loafers, a healthy dose of eyeliner and went through a pack or two of cigarettes throughout the day.  One of my dear friends dressed up as Richie Tenenbaum to make everything complete (though he is way too camera shy to let me share photos of him on social media!) and we spent the whole day in SF and most of the night in the Castro district where there was never a dull moment.

Monday, November 2, 2015

JDRF One Walk San Francisco

After months and months of planning, the JDRF One Walk in San Francisco finally came to fruition last Sunday!  After being diagnosed with type one diabetes last May I knew early on that I wanted to get involved with the JDRF one way or another so I was so thrilled to connect with the bay area chapter in SF and join the committee as the activities and information lead.  October 25th was the big walk day, so I was up at 5am to catch a couple buses over to the city and help set up the walk and work the event.
It was amazing to be surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of other people who either personally know what living with T1D is like, or people who were at the walk in support of a loved one.  I am forever thankful to the people I met who shared their stories with me and who gave me the space to share my diabetes story.  I am so grateful that I got to play a role in making the day happen and left feeling so incredibly inspired.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

T1D Exposed Calendar

I am so beyond excited to be part of this years T1D Exposed calendar!
I shared a bit about T1D Exposed: The Nude Diabetes Advocacy Project in a couple posts here, and here. It has been such an inspiring and empowering experience and I will definitely share photos from the shoot soon (for now here is a screenshot of all the lovely fellow t1d's in the calendar and an outtake from my shoot where I needed a bolus of insulin) and in the meantime, the calendars themselves are finally available for purchase at: and will begin shipping on World Diabetes Day, November 14th.

Fun fact, all the participants in the 2016 calendar have collectively lived with type one diabetes for 311 years!! I am the most recently diagnosed of the group with a year and a half under my belt so far, and what a roller coaster it has been. I have so much love and respect for everyone who lives with this disease.

Also, I am running the instagram account for T1D Exposed so please give us a follow
(p.s. we are also on Facebook and Twitter too!) 

Garden Roses

School is kicking my butt so I am going to be M.I.A quite often.  Here are some photos from the last time I got up at 4am and went to the SF flower market.  There are very very few things I will get up that early roses and eucalyptus will always do it though.