Can’t Afford To Live…

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It’s what happens when you don’t have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning.

The price of insulin in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2012. That has put the life-saving hormone out of reach for some people with diabetes, and has left others scrambling for solutions to afford the one thing they need to live. I’m one of those scrambling.

Most people’s bodies create insulin, which regulates the amount of sugar in the blood. In the U.S., the roughly 1.25 million of us with Type 1 diabetes have to buy insulin at a pharmacy because our pancreases stopped producing it.

Rationing insulin is a dangerous solution. Still, 1 in 4 people with diabetes admits to having done it. I’ve done it. My first vial of insulin cost $24.56 in 2010, after insurance. Eight years later, I pay more than $100.

the list price for a single vial of insulin is more than $250, without insurance. Most patients use two to four vials per month (I personally use two). Without insurance or other forms of medical assistance, those prices can get out of hand quickly.

Something should and needs to be done about it before even more people die simply because they can’t afford this life saving and needed medication.

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Well Hello There

Wow. I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything here in a few months. Sheesh. Life, I guess.

Well how has everyone/anyone been? I’m good. Fair to middling…

When You Believe…

sem·i·co·lon

ˈsemēˌkōlən,ˈsemīˌkōlən/

noun

a punctuation mark (;) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.

Every tattoo on my body has some personal meaning to it. This is a marking that, unless I have it covered, I will bear for the rest of my life as a message to the world as to what I am about or was going through at the time. This is my newest addition.

As an mental health advocate and survivor of suicidal thoughts and depression I chose the word believe with a semicolon replacing the letter ‘i’.

This tattoo encourages me to bel;eve that things will be better and that this is not the end of my journey.

It’s one thing to just say aloud or to myself that even though times are hard that they will be better and things will be okay. It’s a total difference when you actually bel;eve that things will be better or different.

The bel;ef in a better way is what makes it happen. When you truly bel;eve that you will be okay, you will be. You have to bel;eve.

News You Can Use – June 1st – 12th, 2018

This week we discuss a few things
1. The summit between the US and North Korea is on and we lost on the deal. Bigly.
2. Trump Pardons any and everybody, including himself
3. FBI agent gets too jiggy in the club
4. Facebook bug changes status of 14 million people from private to public
5. Both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain commit suicide within days of each other
6. Net neutrality ends
7. Pre-existing conditions may not be covered going forward
8. Trump doesn’t know who we fought during the war of 1812.

If you or a loved one needs to reach out to someone regarding mental health issues such as depression or suicidal thoughts please call 1-800-273- 8255. For more information or to chat instead of talking please visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org or via social media on both Twitter and Instagram under the handle @800273talk

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News You Can Use – May 20 – May 31, 2018

This week we discuss a few things:

  1. School shootings
  2. NFL drops the ball on the National Anthem Protest
  3. The summit between the US and North Korea has been canceled
  4. Kim Kardashian West meets with Trump on Prison Reform
  5. Rosanne reboot canceled after a Racist tweet from its start Rosanne Barr
  6. Missouri’s new Gov. Resigns amid allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of a donor list for his political campaign
  7. Morgan Freeman accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by 16 women
  8. The royal wedding
  9. Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt is back!
  10. Cleveland faces Golden State in the NBA Finals, again…

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