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Incredibly Generous Poison!

Lance and I both developed a  soft spot for a totally-kid friendly American game show,  “Don’t Forget The Lyrics.”

I have a thing for the host…he’s an African American thirty-something hunk named Wayne Brady, who can sing, and is so passionate and eager for the guest to climb the money ladder-Lance is intrigued by the rather eccentric guests that attempt to win a million dollars by replacing the words or phrases of obscure or well-known songs.


I have  a photographic memory when it comes to song lyrics, and Lance has caught on to the fact that if I auditioned for the US show, that I may have a chance of winning the jackpot.

Tonight, we sat gobsmacked, as the host Wayne Brady announced who the Celebrity Guest would be.

Bret Michaels, lead singer of metal band, Poison, announced how he was a fan of the show, and that any money he won would not be going in his own pocket, but a place very close to his and all of our hearts.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. (JDRF.)

Bret Michaels has had Type 1 Diabetes for 22 years, diagnosed at 7 years of age.

Lance’s mouth was still wide open as he heard the singer speak about his life on injections. It was probably the first time he had heard a famous male speak so honestly about living with their shared condition.

Bret Michaels won $200 000 for …..52441

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. (JDRF.)

Congratulations, Bret, for sharing your life story with young children, and more importantly, raising US$200 000!!

I have to admit that I am hardly a Poison fan…lol…but I will never forget the night that I watched some hope  for a cure with my son , delivered in the shape of the Bret Michaels. 🙂



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Another Unpleasant Subject

Another guest post by Janek!

Looking in the recent search topics that have lead to this blog, one of the more common terms was “ulcers on tonsils”. These nasty buggers are also known as quinsy or peritonsular abscess and I was unfortunate enough to have one last April.

Here’s a picture of one (turn away now if you’re squirmish):

Ok, so it’s not quite as bad as severe foot ulceration, but it’s still not pleasant. I got it as a complication on tonsillitis, and also had oral thrush.

I now check my tonsils regularly, which is easy to do if you open your mouth, press your tongue down, and have some form of light. If they seem red (rather than the usual colour), inflammed, or you have a sore throat that won’t go away… go to the doctor immediately. Please, quinsy isn’t fun.

I hope that helps anyone who was looking for something vague on “ulcers on tonsils”

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To Lance Or Not To Lance..

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A Victorious Moment-Paying It Forward To Your Favourite Bloggers!

One thing I have learnt about type 1 diabetes is that just when you think your life is akin to an overgrown bunch of noxious weeds, if you look hard enough, smack bang amidst the jungle you can find the most incredible bunch of exotic blooms.

Today, I found a gorgeous flower that made me smile. In fact, I’m STILL smiling.

My friend Kez sent me an email, and told me that I had a surprise awaiting on his website. After a really horrid day, I was intrigued to investigate.

After scanning through his latest post, I soon found myself grinning, as I had become the proud recipient of the Superior Scribbler Award!

I Won This Award!

I Won This Award!


The award was originally created by Melissa over at The Scholastic Scribe. She initially awarded the prize to her five favourite bloggers, who then awarded their five faves, and so on.

My tres amazing hombre, Kez-author of Interpret This! has given me the ultimate privilege of sharing with the blogosphere that Why Did The Insulin Die is one of his favourite blogs! 

Kez writes an eye popping and lusciously addictive blog about everything between his passion for a fine automobile to his quirky, everyday life in Melbourne. Somewhere amongst all of that, you will discover that Kez also has Type 1 Diabetes. I often forget this, however, because he has the ability to just get on with the show. He showers the world with his sunny disposition, and he has a heart as huge as a drag queen’s headpiece. It hasn’t taken long at all for Kez to become someone that I dearly cherish as a friend. He is always looking out for Lance, and he has this amazing ability to make me feel so special. So, Kez, on behalf of the staff of (I actually DO have a wonderful team on board, I have my IT guru, my understudy, in case I’m stuck in a crisis or an emergency;he knows Lance and me well enough to take over, and of course, the star of the entire production, Lance,) THANK YOU SO MUCH, Kez, for selecting our little blog as one of your top 5, out of so many worthy and wonderful reads!

So, before I reveal my Top 5 bloggers, I am required to publish the rules of participating in heaping ice buckets full of praise and adoration upon the worthy winners.


Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.

  • Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
  • Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to this post, which explains The Award.
  • Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this postand add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!
  • Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

Okay, now that the official part of the post is over, we now get down to the nitty gritty, as i announce the winners, carefully chosen by me, with some very important input from Lance.

In no particular order…

The first winner is Janek, author of The Engineer Also Muses. The name says it all..Janek is an Engineer, working tirelessly (in between msn conversations) to become Dr Janek, by obtaining his PhD. He muses about everything from humourous number plates to posting how many SMS messages he has exchanged with his beloved since they began dating approximately 4 months ago. On a more serious note, Janek is struggling to comprehend with a mysterious burden that affects his home, work and social life. He has an unexplained form of chronic pain, and despite being zapped, prodded and scanned, his medical team are unable to give him an actual reason for why his pain exists, and have therefore lumped his case with the title of nothing short of having a severe case of “Chronic Pain.” Janek manages to keep his head held high and hopes for the best-his wisdom and maturity is so advanced despite his almost 23 years. He is also a passionate advocate for many causes, and when he gets on his soapbox-be warned. Janek is only relatively new to the blogosphere, but has embraced entertaining his readers with gusto. Bravo, Janek.

Kerri‘s award winning blog, Six Until Me, chronicles her last 22 years that she has shared with Type 1 Diabetes. Determined to live life to the fullest, as well as being an amazing advocate for all people with The Big D, her posts leave you with food for thought, empower you to maintain superior health and a positive outlook despite having a pancreas void of insulin, and her ability to share her own terrifying experiences with hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia are absolutely heartwrenching. Kerri’s was the very first blog that I came across almost three years ago, I was so intrigued and excited to find an online account of survival that was written by a twenty-something, successful women from Rhode Island who knows her diabetes back to front and inside out. An absolute must read for anyone new to the Diabetes Online Community. I can guarantee that you will find yourself wanting your daily hit of Six Until Me. Oh! By the way, Kerri has managed to make her gorgeous cat an international star! 

Dan, author of My Life In The Slow Lane tells of a young man who has overcome some very dark phases through adolescence with chronic illnesses and depression. He has found the inner strength to live alone in Sydney and attend University, while enjoying an entertaining social life and seducing the reader with his incredible talents as a wordsmith. A inspiring story of how chronic illness could not hold this man back; he managed to emancipate himself from its clutches. Dan can fully identify with how living with Fibromyalgia, ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are so misunderstood, very much like Type 1 Diabetes, often accompanied with the dreaded exclamation, “But you look so well!” A laugh-out-loud account of day-to-day life as a student, a patient, peppered with the excitement and challenges of a flourishing relationship. An inspiring and passionate read, with a twist of ascerbic wit and the odd, unapologetic outburst.

Bitten And Bound The Not So Pretty Side Of Hollywood speaks for itself. An all-girl lineup contribute to this blog (Missy, Meg and Andrea), giving delightfully humourous accounts of C Grade celebrities getting up to mischief.  I  recently enjoyed the Sarah Palin/Tina Fey SNL fiasco that the girls were able to present for our viewing pleasure. Bitten and Bound is your number one stop to find out about scandalous behaviour of the rich and famous, (yes, you, David Duchovny of the XXX Files.) An up-to-the-minute blog about Hollywood behaving badly, with fantastic pics to boot.

And the final spot belongs to..Shannon. This woman is possibly the U.S version of me. Her blog, Mom Wants A Cure tells of Shannon’s eldest child, Brendon, and his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes followed by his survival and the family’s acceptance of The Beast. Unlike me, Shannon has to devote herself to her husband, her two other chlldren and helping Brendon look after his Diabetes, as well as finding the odd ten minutes for herself. Both Lance and Bren were diagnosed at roughly the same time, and are pretty much the same age. Shannon’s blog is a hoot, she is unashamedly honest, (she enjoys colouring her posts with the odd expletive.) I often laugh out loud when I come across expletives used as adjectives or even the only word in a sentence. Dealing with hypos and high blood sugars year after year are bound to bring out some type of frustrated exclamation!) This woman also has the hugest heart and shows so much compassion to those in need of an ear. I relate to Shannon in so many ways, because we both are Mum’s/Mom’s who want nothing more than a cure. “Pure and Simple.” 

 Congratulations to these well-deserving recipients! It was definitely a difficult selection process. Each of these blogs provide me with comfort and much laughter.

Once again, big love and hugs to you, Kez. It was actually very difficult to keep you off my favourite five list!To all of the bloggers who have no reason to include a diabetes info and support blog on their blogroll, but have added us anyway…THANK YOU, TOO!! You are providing an invaluable service, by helping to educate your readers about type 1 diabetes. Better advertising than money can buy, I say! 🙂



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Yes Or No.

Stolen from Dan.( My brother, Lance’s Uncle and my IT guru.)  I even stole his hunky pics.

 For more eye candy and a jolly good read, visit

 My Life in The Slow Lane.

SO…Here’s the game.

 Only two rules– and you MUST follow them:
1. You can only say Yes or No.
2. You aren’t allowed to explain anything unless someone asks you, so feel free to ask.

1. Taken a picture fully naked? — YES
2. Painted your room? — YES
3. Made out with a member of the same sex? — YES
4. Driven a car? — YES
5. Danced in front of your mirror? — YES
6. Have a crush? — YES
7. Been dumped? — YES
8. Stolen someone’s heart? — YES
9. Gotten in a car with people you just met? — YES
10. Been in a fist fight? — NO
11. Snuck out of your house? — NO
12. Had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back? — YES
13. Been arrested? — NO
14. Made out with a stranger? —YES
15. Left your house without telling your parents? — YES
16. Had a crush on your neighbour? — YES
17. Ditched school to do something more fun? — YES
18. Slept in a bed with a member of the opposite sex? — YES
19. Seen someone die? — YES
20. Been on a plane? — YES
21. Kissed a picture? — YES
22. Slept in until 3? — YES
23. Love someone or miss someone right now? — YES
24. Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by? — YES
25. Made a snow angel? — NO
26. Played dress up? — YES
27. Cheated while playing a game? — YES
28. Been lonely? — YES
29. Fallen asleep at work/school? — YES
30. Yelled at a friend? — YES
31. Felt an earthquake? — NO
32. Touched a snake? — YES
33. Ran a red light? — NO
34. Been suspended from school? — NO
35. Had detention? — YES
36. Been in a car accident? — YES
37. Hated the way you look? — YES
38. Witnessed a crime? — YES
39. Pole danced? — YES
40. Been lost? — YES
41. Been to the opposite side of the country? — NO
42. Felt like dying? — NO
43. Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? — YES
44. Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? — YES
45. Caught a snowflake on your tongue? — NO
45. Sang in the shower? — YES
46. Made out in a park? —YES
47. Had a dream that you married someone? — YES
48. Glued your hand to something? — YES
49. Got your tongue stuck to a pole? — NO
50. Ever gone to school partially naked? — YES
51. Been a cheerleader? — YES
52. Sat on a roof top? — YES
53. Didn’t take a shower for a week? — NO
54. Too scared to watch scary movies alone? — YES
55. Played chicken? — NO
56. Been pushed into a pool/lake with all your clothes on? — NO
57. Been told you’re hot by a complete stranger? — YES
58. Been easily amused? — YES
59. Mooned/flashed someone? — YES
60. Cheated on a test? — NO
61. Forgotten someone’s name? — YES
62. Slept naked? — YES
63. Gone skinny dipping? — YES
64. Blacked out from drinking? — YES
65. Played a prank on someone? — YES
66. Gone to a late night movie? — YES
67. Looked at your reflection as you walked past a window? — YES
68. Failed a class? — NO
69. Choked on something you’re not supposed to eat? — NO
70. Played an instrument for more than 10 hours? — NO
71. Cheated on a girl/boyfriend? — NO
72. Thrown strange objects? — YES
73. Felt like killing someone? — YES
74. Felt like running away? — YES
75. Have you ever ran away? — NO
76. Made a parent cry? — YES
77. Cried over someone? — YES
78. Had sex more than 3 times in one day? — YES
79. Dated someone more than once? — YES
80. Had/Have a dog? — YES
81. Own an instrument? — YES
82. Been in a band/orchestra? — YES
83. Drank 25 sodas in a day? — NO
84. Broken a CD? — YES
85. Shot a gun? — NO
86. Had feelings for one of your best/good friends? — YES

                                                                               Yes:62   No:24



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