Karen Graffeo, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1979, at the age of 11. She can vividly remember when diabetes care meant taking one insulin injection per day, following a strict exchange diet, and testing for sugar in urine using glass test tubes and fizzy tablets. She also remembers being told she could no longer eat sweets, except for one piece of cake on her birthday each year.
Today, Karen is thankful to have better insulin and new tools for diabetes care. She gladly replaced urine testing and the exchange diet with blood glucose meters and carbohydrate counting. In 2008 she began pumping insulin and she added a continuous glucose monitor to her regime the following year. She appreciates that today’s devices help her to better manage her diabetes and let her indulge in cake more than once a year!
In 2008 Karen started her diabetes blog, Bitter~Sweet, and became immersed in the diabetes online community. She also advocates offline and is involved with two JDRF chapters in her home state of Connecticut. Her tag-line at Bitter-Sweet best sums up what she’s come to realize over the years… life with diabetes isn’t all bad.
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