A Change of Scenery

If you don’t read my other blog, follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook (and if so, what the heck?!), then you might not be aware that I am moving to Minneapolis. Next week!

While it was a decision that my husband and I are confident in, it was certainly not something we thought would happen so quickly! But we are thrilled not to have to play a waiting game either.

Our reasons for moving to Minneapolis are multi-faceted, with the main reason being the boringly unsexy “quality of life” that needs improving. New York is fun, but expensive, and it’s just not something we decided we saw ourselves putting up with over the long term. So we thought about where we could live, and Minneapolis seemed like the best option.

A fun fact about Minneapolis is the number of PWDs I know there! Minneapolis has an active diabetes community, with support groups galore. When we visited Minnesota for the holidays, I spent an evening at a restaurant with Scott Johnson, Laddie, and another young woman, Katie. I’m very much looking forward to hanging out with these folks (and others!) very soon.

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I also got in touch with Christina and Jo from the organization College Diabetes Network, who have a chapter at the University of Minnesota. Although I’m many years out of undergrad, I’m hoping that I might be able to impart a bit of wisdom. I’ve known Tina and Jo for a few years now, and I think what they are doing to provide support for college students is amazing. There was nothing like this when I was in undergrad! My only real source of support in college was the Diabetes Online Community.

There’s also the troublesome issue of having to find a whole new medical team. I happen to love my endocrinologist and when you find an endo who work, the last thing you want to do is find another one. Do you know how hard it is to find good help these days?! (Of course you do).

Although I’ve physically moved towns a few times in the past few years, it’s been almost 7 years since I’ve relocated to an entirely different part of the country. I just hope my blood sugars can handle the stress of it all!

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4 Responses to A Change of Scenery

  1. Laddie says:

    I suppose you can’t pick an endo until you figure out where you’re going to live and what your insurance is. Katie and I live in the SW suburbs and use the same endo. We’re both very happy with her. Scott lives north and I think also has an endo he likes. I think that Minnesota has better-than-average health care and I hope that continues with all of the changes happening in our healthcare system.

    • I’m not sure where I will live will have anything to do with my decision… It takes me 1.5 hrs to get to my endo right now! If it’s worth it, I’ll go wherever. Our insurance looks like it won’t be changing — Cigna. :(

  2. Carly says:

    Welcome to Minneapolis! I moved here with my husband about 2 years ago, from New Jersey. It’s a lot of fun once you get past the really cold days and the somewhat off-putting kindness. Send me an email if you are ever bored and wanna hang with another east coast T1 :)

  3. StephenS says:

    I guess one thing about moving to a place where you know a lot of other PWDs is you’ll get lots of info on best docs. Good luck with the move.

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