Top 10 intresting things people never knew about me

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Hello my fellow Sisters, Happy New Year!  A new year brings new things.  It most organizations it could be new leadership (that already happened for DiabetesSisters) or new political office holders.  Another new thing it brings is new bloggers here at DiabetesSisters, and it is my honor and priviledge to be writing the Type 1 blog for the next few months.  However, before I do, I would like to tell you the top 10 things about me.

To me the prettiest and my most favorite season of all is fall because of the colors of the season make the surroundings in which you are in very pretty and relaxing.

My friends best describe me as a brave, compassionate, adventuresome, enthusiastic woman who loves helping people at any chance in any way that I can.

The tallest building that I ever went to the top of is the Empire State Building and 1934315_507073789979_1882_nRockefeller Center in New York City (where I had a low blood sugar, which made for an interesting place to treat)

I enjoy collecting keychains from around the world, teddy bears and anything associated with angels or butterflies.

There are a few things that I am most proud of.  The first is receiving the Courage to 10341507_846761188709_5689892444352162244_nComeback Award from my job for triumphing over major obstacles and being an inspiration to others. These are barriers that are difficult to cope with and make life just a wee bit harder to deal with (more about how I dealt with diabetes and these obstacles later).  The second is being appointed to a few advisory councils including a governing board of directors of an agency which helped me through some of my own hard times.  Lastly, being asked to be a blogger for DiabetesSisters.

I enjoy my working as an information and referral specialist at a local mental health agency.  It doesn’t make me a millionaire, but it doesn’t need to.  It just needs to make me feel happy and important, which it does many times over.

Some of the hobbies that I enjoy are knitting, quilting, taking scenic photos, sharing my 10427325_866897315749_3931481003594132959_nviews and outlooks of life, and trying to figure out how, when, and where my next major trip will be.  This trip is usually to Florida to the Friends for Life conference hosted by the Children with Diabetes Foundation.  It was because of this group that I am doing the work I am with DiabetesSisters today.  However, when I am not doing the things mentioned above you can usually find me singing with one of my two church families.  I say families because even though we don’t share some the same genetics as each other, we are there for each other when most needed (more on this later).

Something that others don’t know about me is that I am the oldest of three children for my dad.  While I grew up an only child, it wasn’t until I was 21 that I met the other half of my family including my brother and sister.  Another thing is that all my friends are virtual ones.  Lastly, I have officially been diagnosed and having to deal with major depression and anxiety issues for the past 12 years (and it was probably going on longer) on top of diabetes since Christmas 2000.

I will be (and am looking forward to) telling you more about my diabetes story so you know where I am coming from.

Stay tuned, Thanks for reading and following me.

Many good wishes to come to you today, tomorrow, and always.IMG_20151222_0002 - Copy.jpg

Writer’s note:  This was my first blog that I wrote for Diabetes Sisters, an organization that provides peer support for woman living with all types of diabetes. 


About Cathie

I live in Buffalo, New York. We are located about 15 minutes away from the Peace Bridge. Some day I am hoping to become an advocate for the disabled but until that happens I am just doing little things. I graduated in 2010 from Erie Community College with my degree in Paralegal Studies, and in my spare time like to knit, take pictures, and minster the word of God through music at the church I go to, St. Joseph University Parish located in the University neighborhood of one of the college communities. I recently met some folks that has inspired me to become a blogger as a formation of my treatment for my depression and diabetes. I have had Type 1 diabetes since I was 12 and depression since I was 16. This blog was created to help you- my fellow cyber friend as a primary way to help you feel that you are not alone. Please remember that none of what I write is recommend for use in your own treatment as I am not a medical professional, nor do I ever want to be one. It is just what works for me and what my outlook on certain perspectives are. The professionals I work with tell me by blogging, I am putting another tool in the assistance toolbox for the coping skills of life. Thank you for coming and visiting my blog's. I can be reached by email ( if you have any thoughts or suggestions that you would like to share.
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2 Responses to Top 10 intresting things people never knew about me

  1. Cathie:) says:

    Hi Rick!
    At the same time all of this was going on alot happened in life and I let somethings go. I need to learn how to be a better blogger. You can sort of say I gave up on alot of things in life- the blog being one of them because I wasn’t doing so well. I would like to Thank you so much for refering my blog and hopefully you will read something more in the future that helps you out. Look forward to howpefully trying to keep this going. If you know of any do’s and don’ts when blogging would you send them my way.

    – Cathie


  2. rickphilips says:

    I enjoyed leaning about you and your new venture with diabetes sisters. i had great fun reading the blog.

    I also wanted you to know that I referred the blog to the new TUDiabetes blog web site. I think our members will love knowing you story.



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