My name is Dena. I’ve traveled around the sun 31 times thus far and was born under the stars on June 14th making me a Gemini. I currently live in Michigan with my soulmate, Brendon. I’m enjoying life day by day with a chronic (autoimmune) disease known as type one diabetes, as well as a musculoskeletal disease known as fibromyalgia. My diaversary is May 21st, 2007. I was diagnosed with fibro October 9th, 2017. I have been a nerd and gamer for as long as I remember. I grew up when technology came roaring into this world. I have passions for web designing, digital drawing, traditional arts/mediums, photography (film & digital), cooking/baking, gardening, reading, ice skating, biking and running (I ran my first half marathon April 11th, 2015) and even tried my hand at drafting. I also delight in traveling, animals, and nature of all seasons. There’s nothing like the feeling of the crisp, frozen air, rushing through your lungs on a cold winter day as you step outside. Or the way the leaves gently dance with their brilliant colors of scarlet, saffron, and russet on the ground during a late Autumn day. One of the single greatest feelings is being wrapped in the arms of the one you love with a good book, a blanket, and a warm cup of hot cocoa (or coffee).

My Diabetes

Currently, I manage my diabetes via the Medtronic MiniMed 630g. My insurance does not cover the CGM so I’m fighting for that at the moment.  I was gifted a Dexcom G4 transmitter and share receiver. It, to date, was one of the greatest gifts I could have ever received or asked for. I use Humalog insulin in my pump. If you’re diabetic and have any questions or curiosities, please do not hesitate to ask! I have been diabetic for over 10 years.

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My Fibro and other autoimmune diseases

Life with diabetes was enough for me, but they say when you have one chronic illness, more will follow in suit. They say fibromyalgia can manifest due to high stress and trauma/abuse. Well, all of which I have experienced. I worked for Michael’s in the first half of 2017 and helped open a store. It was fantastic! I was normal. Then, my father in law had a stroke in May and was on life support and the decision was made to let him go. During this time I didn’t work. I was out of work for a month. Little did I know that the trauma from this event would steal lifeforce from me… when I came back to work everything was so overwhelming and exhausting. I cried. I didn’t understand what was going on with me. My hours were cut so I made the decision to join my fiance again so he could help take care of me as my parents weren’t able to do so. I’d rather have my fiance help me walk, and shower. I finally got an appointment with the rheumatologist and they pretty instantly diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and ran 52 blood tests to test for anything else. Well, I have the markers for lupus, but they didn’t want to give that diagnosis just yet. But I’ve been getting hives, mouth and nose sores, rashes, and the like. So on my journey continues.

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