My name is Marella. I am 25 years old and have been living with Type 1 diabetes for the last 15 years (I don’t remember asking Dee to live with me and would appreciate having my own body back – it’s not big enough for the two of us). Diabetes frustrated me and kicks me while I’m down but I will not let it define me. For those of you that were never given the choice to share your body, friends or family members with this terrible disease, I hope to simply be here as someone that can relate. I’m not a perfectly controlled or educated PWD (Person With Diabetes or as I like to refer to it, a Pretty Wicked Diabetic), I just want to share my experiences with whomever is listening.

I’m pumping with an Animas 2020 and testing with a Accu-Chek Compact Plus. My last A1c was 6.4 in May 2011.

Outside of my life as a PWD – I married the love of my life, Ben, in June 2010. I’m a crazy dog mom to Bruno the bulldog and hope to someday be a crazy mom to a child of my own.

And if you’ve stopped by and read a bit, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂


2 responses to “About

  1. Bob

    October 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Marella……

    My name is Bob ( Robert J.’s Transplant Tribune; and I have been a diabetic since age 21, which makes it 42 years now. In 2010 I had a heart and kidney transplant after years of heart attacks, open-heart surgery, kidney failure and dialysis. So if I may advise you, keep up on your friend Dee and avoid the crap I encountered due to poor diabetic habits.

    I have a Dexcom system Seven, and have been quite unhappy with the lack of accuracy. I had several scary fails, including a scary hypoglycemic event in the grocery store requiring a call to 9-1-1 by the store manager. The Dexcom said 105 but when they were finally able to get a BG it was 35, after a big hit of Glucagon. Have you had that sort of problem? I even asked to return it for credit but they said “Too bad, the warranty expired”.

    Anyway, my wife and I are taking our first vacation in over six years (sucks waiting for a transplant) and we are flying to Rome Wednesday. Then we will cruise the Med to Istanbul. So your airport experience was valuable for us. Any other tips on flying/cruising/general life with the Dexcom and your 2020? I also have the Animas, as well as the new One Touch Ping which is pretty cool.



    • foreversweetmarella

      October 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for checking out my blog. I have had some issues with my Dexcom not giving completely accurate readings, like when I play softball. For some reason it will read that I’m in the 300-400 range when I’m only running in the upper 100’s. I’ve just learned to expect this and keep my meter close. And shopping trips also seem to make me go low really fast. I generally test before shopping and keep an eye on my dexcom. If I start feeling ‘off’, I check with my meter. I’ve been overall pleased with the Dexcom – it’s by no means a perfect device but it has given me a better handle on my disease.

      The one other tip for flying that I would give you is to make sure your sensors don’t go through the x-ray. I let me sensors go through without even thinking about it and it may have caused some of them to fail. In terms of travel, be sure to have a backup plan if your pump should fail. I was on vacation once (not even out of the country) and it took 5 days to get a replacement pump. Other than that, just enjoy your trip!


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