Mary writes about managing diabetes throughout her college years and as she enters the workplace. Read My Bio

Mary recently graduated from the University of Iowa with dual degrees in English and Communication Studies. She has also began a new position as a reporter. She has had type 1 diabetes for the past fourteen years.

Mary's Latest Posts

  • Losing Weight: The Time is Now

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    Columns Topic: Weight Management

    When it comes to obese, type 2 patients losing weight, certified diabetes educator Kathy O'Keeffe believes some primary care providers take a wait and see approach in their guidance and that too many patients are passive or in denial about their health. She believes people need to be their own advocates and begin a weight loss program immediately.

  • Dear Customer Service

    Monday, September 28, 2015


    Even when being proactive about diabetes and much needed supplies, it can sometimes be an exercise in frustration communicating with a large diabetes company.

  • The Reality of Diabetes

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015


    Mary Rechtoris talks about an unexpected consequence of a medication change and how she knows that she sometimes needs to accept these types of inconveniences as part of her disease management reality.

  • No More What Ifs

    Thursday, April 23, 2015


    Mary Rechtoris talks about trying to move away from the scary what-if scenarios associated with potential diabetes complications, and says it is best to live in the present while caring for her future by continuously keeping up with her glucose management.

  • A Game of Numbers

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    Blogs Topic: Health

    As if diabetes wasn't already demanding enough with chasing "good" glucose numbers, with the addition of continuous glucose monitors (CGM), people have the ability to access personal blood glucose data constantly. Mary Rechtoris talks about her battle with the numbers and her CGM and learning to be patient when correcting her blood glucose.

  • Not an Excuse

    Friday, January 30, 2015


    College student and aspiring writer Mary Rechtoris talks about her experience in learning to advocate for herself after a teacher's assistant was less than understanding about a specific situation while she was dealing with a type 1 related issue.