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Diabetes Crush.

I have to admit it:  I have a diabetes crush.  He is funny, upbeat, realistic, and is easy to identify with.  I've watched all his dLife segments and I think I speak for the entire dLife editorial team when i say, "Jim Turner ... sigh ... he's the best!"

And he came into the office on Friday, just in time to see us all decked out in our Halloween finest.  (Note:  I managed to ditch the red riding hood cape for the picture, but others weren't as quickly uncostumed.  The coworker on my left doesn't usually have this fluffy hairdo, for example.) 

Jim Turner and the dLife Editorial Crew
Swoon. 

Jim Turner has been living with type 1 diabetes for several decades now, but you wouldn't know by looking at him.  He looks healthy, seems happy, and has a wicked sense of humor that makes you giggle at things you didn't even realize were potentially funny.  If laughter is the best medicine, then Jim might be the ultimate endocrinologist. 

And of course he comes in on a day when we're all dressed up like goof balls.  

Thanks for entertaining us for the afternoon, Jim.  We remain your loyal fans!!  

Swoon again. 

Comments

Seriously, swoon?

I mean he's cute, but I think our buddy Gary Hall, Jr is more swoon worthy.

Now if I want to laugh, I just need to watch the "Jim Turner does drugs" clip from dLife. That thing is hilarious!

LOL! I know Gary is more the quintessential "looker," but my diabetes crush belongs to the guy who can make me laugh.

Thankfully, my husband is both handsome and twistedly funny. Ultimate dude. :)

Does insulin have any side effects that are undocumented - like chest hair growth?

I loves Jim! He rocks. Funny and is a D-hero of mine and has been for a long time. Very cool.

Hey, I got a lot of compliments on my chest hair. Yeah! It was groovy and Jim liked it!!!

I met Jim a few years back at a ride for Dr. Faustman. He's committed to the cause in many ways.

And I loved his segment last Sunday where he was having that internal conversaion. One funny guy.

This is probably a little late and not relevant to today's post, but here is what I received in response to my professional, yet heated missive to Disney about the Hannah Montana episode. I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the previewed episode of Hannah Montana." We value Disney Channel's reputation as a trusted destination for kids and parents and we are diligent about fulfilling that responsibility.

During the script writing stage of the 'Hannah Montana' episode in question, the matter of depicting a character with diabetes was reviewed by our Standards and Practices executives who consulted with medical experts to inform the story and ensure that it was told responsibly.

Notwithstanding the care we took, and based on early feedback from parents, we have removed the episode from this Sunday's schedule and will re-evaluate it. In addition, we plan to premiere a PSA in conjunction with National Diabetes Month.

We apologize if you (or anyone in your family) were offended.

We applaud you for taking an active role in your children's viewing habits and we appreciate your correspondence.

Sincerely,
Patti McTeague
Senior Vice President
Communications
Disney Channels Worldwide

OK - I am a dork - I see a lot of people read their email sooner than I do. Anyway, glad to see how collectively, we can make a difference, even if it is only to temporarily silence Hannah Montana! :-)

i'm with kerri, i'll take funny over gorgeous any day. and he IS cute!

Like I told you on twitter today.

I have seen him from time to time on Dlife and he looks like a fun dudesicle :)

I LOVE JIM TURNER! Laughter is after all, the best medicine (well, almost.)

I also love seeing that you and the DOC stopped the Disney Channel programming that would contribute to misinformation. Awesome!

Awesome news about the Hannah Montana show. I was one of the people who read about it on your blog, Kerri - and in turn wrote to them with my concerns.

I gave them kudo's for writing a story about Diabetes (hey, we'll take the exposure!) but please, make sure it's done properly ....

Wow - I'm pleasantly surprised to read that they're reviewing it.

I still hope they do an episode on it - just revise it a bit ....

(sorry, off topic to today's post on your blog!)

Pssh, I could out-funny him any day. AND I could out-swim Gary Hall Jr. Any takers, ladies?

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