There is something thrilling to me about walking into my local department store and seeing the bathing suits and flip-flops being replaced by scarves and boots. I grew up in Vermont, where the fall season means a dizzying display of orange, red, and yellow trees. By October, the brisk air is heavy with the scent of apple pie and pumpkin soup. Now I live in South Carolina, where it is still warm in October and my children’s memories of fall will one day include sweating in their Halloween costumes and casting shrimp nets in the creek. But, whether I’m spending time in a warm or cold climate, a few great products help me transition from life with type 1 diabetes in the lazy days of summer to the purposeful days of fall.
Scarves have come a long way from the functional, itchy wool wraps my mom used to tie around my neck every morning before she sent me out in the cold to wait for the school bus. I especially like Coldwater Creek’s selection of versatile day-to-evening fall scarves. The website has a handy video “8 Ways to Tie a Scarf,” which got me out of the simple-wrap-around-the-neck rut.
Skidaddle™ makes carrying medical supplies fun and cheerful. Each style has been designed specifically for people living with diabetes; insulation is included, which allows users the option of carrying an ice pack to keep things cool. Designs vary from a small clutch to a larger travel bag, and range in price from forty to sixty dollars.
Designer Maria Lester says, “No matter what the season, Skidaddle Bags will always contain a unique blend of color combinations and patterns that will allow you to express your personality and love for fashion! Upcoming designs are for all ages, male and female.”
Stick Me Designs (SMD) offers fresh and functional bags, jewelry, and accessories. The idea for SMD began in 2007 when Rickina Velte was looking for a stylish carrying case for her diabetes supplies. “I hated pulling out that black nylon bag, and went looking for a cuter alternative with pretty patterns, bold color palettes, and options.” Unable to find what she was looking for, Velte designed her own bag.
“My mission is to give people living with diabetes functional and stylish options to carry their supplies in, and to encourage them to test often,” she says. Other clever products include “Tuff Bands” awareness jewelry and “Guy Gear” such as the Jaunt and Excursion bags for the underserved male audience.
I love a good, thick cream, especially when the cooler months arrive. My skin has always been dry, even here in the humid South, and my personal favorite is Eucerin® Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Cream, which retails for under ten dollars. I can usually find it in my local drugstore or supermarket, which means no special trip required.
As the days shorten and the warm winds shift to a cooler breeze, I look forward to the change of seasons. October is my diaversary month, and on that day, I plan to appreciate the blessings around me and perhaps treat myself to a new scarf and bag. Living with diabetes is not always easy, but finding the essentials for fall can be effortless!
Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer with type 1 diabetes living in Charleston, SC. She blogs at re-Defining Diabetes and her work can be found in a variety of publications including Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Diabetes Health, and Literary Mama. Amy Stockwell Mercer is a paid contributor for The DX. All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the contributor, and interviewee, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.
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