Silver Linings – An Updated List

Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog titled Use What Mother Nature Gave You. In summary, I recommend using the little perks that are provided to us as a result of living with diabetes. Click the link to see how I get testing accommodations, free National Park access, and make sure I have active Intermittent FMLA available at work.

This post is focused toward people in the United States – I honestly have no idea what kind of silver linings might be available in other countries. If you live in another country, tell me about some of the benefits in the comments! I’d love to learn more about international perks to having diabetes. I have a pretty large audience – and WordPress lets me know all the different countries. It has been so fun following you on Twitter, Facebook, and in the comments section!

After seeing a post in one of the diabetes groups about TSA tips, I knew I needed to continue to update these silver linings. Here are a few more suggestions from folks in the group, as well as a bit of additional research I’ve done to make sure everything is accurate.

  • TSA allows a medical bag to be packed containing “otherwise prohibited” items. Use the link provided to navigate what might be allowed in addition to your regular luggage. People have reported being able to bring juice boxes in this medical bag, which can save money and hassle if that’s your preferred low treatment. It appears that many people have a travel letter from their doctor, but some don’t.
  • Some people mentioned that saying you have diabetes supplies in your bag when going through “event checkpoints” saves more hassle than it causes. The speculation was that it is safer for security not to go into your purse/pack if you have diabetes supplies inside. Makes sense to me, but certainly not a guarantee of being hassle-free.
  • At Six Flags (unsure which one or if this is a universal policy), you can go to the ADA desk at the entrance of the park. They will issue you a group fast pass so you aren’t standing outside in the heat for long periods of time. Some people say that Disney will still honor this policy – but I have heard conflicting information. Cedar Point was also mentioned. And Silver Dollar City in Branson.
  • If you fly Southwest, you can get a medical pre-board to sit with your travel companion in case of a medical emergency.

Now that I’m at the end of this piece, I realize this will be an ongoing feature in my blog. So, keep an eye out for Silver Linings again in the near future!

Please share with me what your perks have been! I want to hear from you. Leave me a comment, an email (, a Tweet, or a Facebook comment! I love reading what everyone else’s experiences are.

We’re a family, whether we like it or not. Let’s make the best of it.

Next week, I’ll be showcasing photography by fellow T1D Shane Bowers. Check out his Instagram and Wix before next week’s post! If you make art of any kind, please share with me! I love promoting other PWD and their passions.

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Sonja Cunningham

20 years survived with T1D, 2021 Executive MBA candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno

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