Happy Halloween, Everyone!
Today, we're honored to be able to introduce you to a new guest cartoonist who will be drawing for us here at the 'Mine. (Yes, there's a Halloween tie-in; we're getting to that.)
Jeannette Golubovic is a fellow PWD in Texas living with type 1.5 (or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, aka LADA). She works as an immigration attorney and blogs at EverythingImmigration, where she shares specialty legal news with clients from all over the country and world.
Jeannette was diagnosed during law school, initially as a type 2. She says she had good control until after law school when it became apparent she needed insulin therapy, because oral medication just wasn't cutting it. A blood test confirmed she had LADA, so she started on insulin and now uses a pump and loves it.
Aside from her legal career, Jeannette also writes for Examiner.com on everything ranging from the law, travel and food... though she points out that she's taken a break from restaurant reviews due to the effect on her blood glucose levels.
Jeannette is pretty active on her feet, too!
With her husband, she owns and directs a ballroom dance studio in Houston, TX. You may know the name of her husband, Stefan Golubovic, a world-ranked Latin ballroom dance champion who holds the distinguished honor of being national champion in his country of Montenegro! Stefan trains with some of the coaches featured on Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, and so the couple gets to travel a lot.
As Jeannette puts it: "My world is a little unique compared to most, due to the heavy involvement in dance!"
More recently, Jeannette says she's been trying to find a way to contribute to the diabetes community with her specific talents. At this point in her life, she says becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) just isn't possible and the thought of more school on top of what she's done in finishing law school is a complete nightmare. She's been writing and drawing her entire life, and Jeannette says she's found that photos and illustrations always convey a unique a perspective on life. And so, that's how she wants to contribute to the DOC — with her cartoons!
So please, welcome her to our great contributing cartoonist crew here at the 'Mine!
We're happy (not haunted!) to have you as part of the team, Jeannette!
Love it, Jeannette!
Hope those children with diabetes (CWDs) and their parents aren't haunted by high or low blood sugar numbers this Halloween, and that there's lots of fun in store.
We also want to wish a very special diabetes anniversary to our friend and fellow advocate Kelly Kunik, who blogs at Diabetesaliciousness and is today marking her 35th year since diagnosis at age 8, when she was in the third grade. Happy Dia-versary, K2 (and we hope all's OK in your world after Hurricane Sandy)!
Oh, and we did promise you a few Halloween activities from our personal lives, too:
Fall is an incredibly busy time around our place, what with three kids attending three different schools and participating in three different sports teams (!) But somehow Halloween always provides special bright spots in the Fall Madness, like this madcap pumpkin carving party hosted by my middle gal:
Anyone remember the 2011 costume my wife and I made for our Riley Dog? You know, the Puptronic Costume?
Well, for 2012, Suzi and I came up with a D-costume to take Riley back to the blood monitoring basics: The PupTouch Ultra Meter, complete with a used test strip plus a bottle of "PupTouch" Control Solution!
Here's Riley, posing while wearing the PupTouch:
And of course, chewing on the PupTouch Control Solution!
Again, Happy Halloween to All!