Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge – Day 1

The people over at Wego Health have issued a challenge.  Blog every day for the month of April on your condition.  It can be difficult for us to sometimes come up with a topic, especially when things are going smoothly (which thankfully happens more often than not with our kids).  So this will be a way for me to get motivated to blog every day.  It’s kind of like NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) but specifically for Health Activists.  Join in here if you would like.  You don’t even have to have a blog.  You can post a status on FaceBook or Twitter to participate.  It’s a great way to spread awareness about your health condition.

The prompt for today is to write an acrostic poem about your condition.  Here goes:

New

Evaluation

Of

Newborns

And

Type 1 Diabetics diagnosed

At

Less than one year

Discoveries lead to

Insulin freedom

And

Better blood sugar control

Easier

Treatment and

Even

Sleep (most of the time)

OK, maybe not my best work so far, but the E’s and A’s really threw me off.  It was a fun way to come up with a new way to blog though.  Hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

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About Christy

Christy Vacchio is a former teacher and now Science Instructional Coach in Cincinnati. She is an avid reader and researcher. While she has her bachelor's and master's degrees in education, she plans to get her PhD in Neuroscience in the future. She hopes to participate in research on Neonatal Diabetes and Developmental Delays one day.

2 thoughts on “Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge – Day 1

  1. Thank you for your comment on my blog and I feel very ignorant because I have never heard of monogenic diabetes. I look forward to reading and learning more from your blog!!

  2. Don’t worry Nicole. Most people, even in the diabetes community (heck even in the medical field!) have never heard of it. And to make it all the more confusing, Monogenic Diabetes is really an umbrella term for all types of diabetes caused by a single gene mutation. MODY is the most common form of Monogenic which is usually dx in young children but can be all the way up to adulthood. Neonatal Diabetes has 2 types, Transient and Permanent. Transient goes away in infancy and can show back up (usually misdiagnosed as Type 2) in adulthood, though some have relapsed in childhood. Permanent (what my kids have) can be dx anywhere from birth to 6 months (though some diagnoses have happened as old as 11 months). It is permanent and used to be thought of as an extremely early onset of Type 1 diabetes. However, the autoimmune markers are not there. It has only been since 2004 that some ND cases have been treated with glyburide (a Type 2 oral medication) so we are very much in the infancy of learning about this treatment. There is only one documented case of a man being treated with oral drugs for 5 decades (as an accident I believe). Andy was one of the first 10 in the US to transition off of insulin back in January 2007. Katie was one of the youngest to go directly on glyburide without any insulin at all.

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