I use a Dexcom CGM. (This isn't new news, but bear with me.) During the course of the last year, the folks at Dexcom took notice of my bloggish ramblings. And thanks to my honest feedback (yes, I told them that their device is the most comfortable for me, but the adhesive still needs work) and their support of the diabetes community, they've decided to sponsor me here at Six Until Me and provide my Dexcom products gratis.
I am very, very proud to be part of this agreement, and I'm also very grateful. Even though my sensors are now covered by insurance, copays and deductibles are still what they are, and I'm thankful for any financial assistance that can come my way during these tough economic times.
However, I wanted to let you guys know what the deal is because I don't want there to be any questions about my relationship with different companies. Disclosure is the responsibility of the blogger, and I wanted you guys to know about this agreement as soon as the proverbial ink was dry on the contract. To be clear, yes, Dexcom is giving me my sensors for free. They are now a sponsor of this blog. They are going to be placing an ad here in the coming weeks, and you also may see me in their ad campaigns. And I am using their product.
But it's important to note that my decision to use their product did not stem from a sponsorship agreement. As I've written before, I tested the CGM models that were made available to me and made my decision to move forward with Dexcom based on my actual user experience, and prior to any agreements between myself and the company. During the course of drafting this sponsorship agreement, I spoke at length with many of the folks at Dexcom and they're well aware that everything I write about Dexcom won't always be favorable (nothing is completely awesome - these technologies are still in development across the board), but what I say about their product will always be honest. And unedited. (And hopefully spelled correctly.) This is the disclaimer that has been provided by the Dexcom legal team and is now living in the disclosure section of my site:
"DexCom is a sponsor of www.sixuntilme.com and provides DexCom products to Kerri. All content is that of the author and not reviewed or approved by DexCom."
So I'll continue to discuss the pros and cons of Dexcom'ing, with honest feedback about its accuracy, the BEEEEEEP!s, how it makes me feel emotionally, the flipping adhesive problems, and the moments when it bails me out of a potentially difficult diabetes situation. The one things I'm now biased on are the financial implications of using a CGM. I will not be paying for my sensors during the course of this sponsorship, so when a sensor comes loose after just a day or when the accuracy is spazzing out, I can't properly convey that feeling of "Arghhhh, frigging expensive sensor waste!" But I do know what it's like to use this device and to fight for its coverage. And I also know what managing diabetes has been like for the past 22 years, so I'm no stranger to the expense of this disease.
There's my moment of disclosure. If you have any questions about this, or concerns about anything, please let me know. I'm doing my best to give a true and honest perspective to you guys, and I want to make sure everyone knows where I stand here at SUM. I work for dLife. I'm sponsored by Dexcom. And, if given the option, I would sell my soul to Nikon for making such a stellar camera. But I want to be honest with you guys and I also wanted to share this exciting (at least to me) news, so now you know. :)