Author Archives: Danielle

About Danielle

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Monmouth University in New Jersey. After graduation Danielle spent five years teaching at the elementary level. Two of those years were spent in Kindergarten where she employed the ASL alphabet as a tactile approach to teaching the alphabet and site words. Danielle witnessed how learning to sign gave the students a sense of pride and enhanced their overall learning. While pregnant in 2007 Danielle read about the benefits of signing with babies. Her daughter Eliza was born in September 2007 and Danielle started consistently signing with her at around nine months of age. About a month later Eliza signed “baby” for the first time on a family vacation and her signing took off from there. In August 2009 Danielle’s son Jude was born. With the help of big sister Eliza teaching Jude to sign was a blast. Ever since her daughter’s first sign, Danielle has studied ASL and continues to grow her vocabulary on a daily basis. Through ASL Danielle has formed a close bond with both of her children. She has seen firsthand how signing reduced her children’s’ frustration level and consequently reduced the number of tantrums. Danielle hopes to help others experience the same joy with their little ones. To inquire about My Smart Hands classes and workshops Danielle at

Carb Counting or The Making of a Meal

One of the biggest changes we faced after Eliza’s diagnosis was meal planning. B.D. (before diabetes) we did not eat a tremendous amount of carbohydrates. We were not strict Paleo, but we did strive to eat as close to Paleo as possible. … Continue reading

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MUSC Urban Farm Tour

On Saturday we headed to downtown Charleston for a social event put together by some of our Diabetes team. It gives families living with T1 an opportunity to meet.  We visited the MUSC Urban Farm.  It is a beautiful space nestled on the grounds of MUSC.  It serves as … Continue reading


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Much Ado about Ominopd

On Thursday we had our appointment with the CDE. We go to the Endocrinology clinic every three months. Sometimes we meet with the Endocrinologist and other times we meet with the nurse, dietitian and/or social worker. We are lucky that our clinic is only … Continue reading

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Thank You!

  I want to thank everyone who donated money and walked with our team Lancets and Lollipops at the Charleston JDRF walk this year. We raised $2,033! We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives.  … Continue reading

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Is the Honeymoon Over?

Last week was probably the hardest week for me since diagnosis. Eliza started showing signs of a mild cold on Friday. On Saturday her blood glucose levels started to go up. We have been very lucky that since December we … Continue reading

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Sweet Eliza

This is my sweet Eliza. My husband Peter took this picture of us three short months before Eliza was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Three months before a blood test result on Christmas Eve changed our lives forever.  I am … Continue reading

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