When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, one of the first questions in your mind is whether you should tell others, who you should tell, and what you should tell them. There are two things to keep in mind when making these decisions – safety and comfort. Read more
The 5th annual Get Out, Enjoy Life (GOEL) event kicked off June 1. Once again, LASCI (Life After Spinal Cord Injury) is a sponsor for this daily destination contest.
To participate in the 2015 GOEL contest, visit the LASCI Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LASCIonline. Each day, you’ll find an accessible outdoor opportunity listed there. When you comment on the posting, you’ll automatically be entered to win the daily prize backpack courtesy of our friends at Hollister, Inc stuffed with goodies to help make your summer travels more enjoyable. Read more
A diabetes diagnosis brings lifestyle changes for both the patient and their caregiver. Caring for a child may be instinctual, but how do you provide the right amount, and best kind of, support to an adult who is adjusting to diabetes treatment compliance? Read more
Spring brings new opportunities to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. But as we move into Spring and Summer, those with an ostomy have some special concerns unique to the season. Increased activity and higher temperatures affect pouch wearers: Read more
You wake up from ostomy surgery with a new friend in your life – your stoma. Like belly buttons, every stoma is different. But they all have one thing in common – they need attention and care.
The first thing you need to do is measure your stoma, and continue to do so weekly until it is healed. This will ensure you are using correctly sized pouches and barriers. At first, your stoma will be swollen, and then it will change in size and shape as it heals. This takes about three months. Keep measuring and adjust your supplies to fit. It will appear red and moist, much like the lining of the inside of your mouth. Read more
Natural disasters and emergencies are a concern for everyone. But those with diabetes need to take extra precautions to prepare for the possibility of a dangerous situation in order to stay healthy and be able to have the best outcome possible. Don’t wait until an emergency strikes. Here are some tips for putting your emergency plan, as a diabetic, together. Read more
In February 2000, President Clinton proclaimed March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. This month has become a rallying point for the colon cancer community. It is an opportunity to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, and talking to friends and family about early screening. As a colorectal survivor, one of the most important and powerful things you can do is to share your story. Read more