Disclosure: I've Got One.
Disclosure is the responsibility of the blogger, and we’re under more scrutiny these days than ever before. But I’ve never had an issue with transparency here – actually, I think I tell you guys way more than you probably want to know. You knew when I started and stopped working for dLife, you know what publications I’m contributing to regularly, and you know about my relationship with Dexcom. This blog is about my life with diabetes, and even though I know this is my life that I’ve decided to share, it’s important to me that people know my professional relationships with diabetes companies. I’d want to know that information if I were reading this blog, too.
So (long winded intro to this post, eh?), I wanted to continue to keep you guys in the loop. I’ve decided to sign a sponsorship agreement with the Animas Corporation. This whole thing started a few months ago, when I was exploring the idea of a new insulin pump and was excited about the Animas/Dexcom integration (no, I don’t have a CLUE when that’s happening, but I’m mighty hopeful it does go through in 2010). But I’m still under my current pump warranty, so my hands were tied. Reps from Animas reached out, one thing lead to another, and now I’m working with Animas, not as an employee, but as part of their outreach program that includes country singer George Canyon, LPGA Golfers Kelli Kuehne and Michelle McGann, and former Miss America Nicole Johnson (to name a few). The program tries to spread the Animas name by working with people who have diabetes who are doing cool things (pregnancy is cool, right?), can inspire others to consider pump therapy, and want to talk honestly about how diabetes impacts their lives. Bless their hearts for daring to partner with a – gasp! - blogger. As part of this program, I’ve switched insulin pumps from my Minimed 722 to an Animas OneTouch Ping and am receiving my pump and pump supplies from the company gratis. (Don’t worry, my doctor is in the loop and my supplies and pump are still a prescribed item. This agreement doesn’t replace my medical team – just my method of insulin delivery.)
My new insulin pump, showcasing my new mega-basal rates. :)
This agreement is similar to the Dexcom one from last year (which is still in effect), in that I’m still going to be business as usual here on SUM. Like with Dexcom, during the course of drafting this agreement, I spoke at length with many of the folks at Animas and they're well aware that everything I write about won't always be favorable (nothing is perfect, and we’re still talking about needles and diseases here), but what I say about their product will always be honest. That means that when the pump is behaving itself and working smoothly, I'll say that. And when I’m frustrated by pump fashion challenges and tangled infusion sets, I’ll say that, too. This agreement isn’t a filter, but I think it’s important that you, as readers who trust me to be straightforward and honest at all times, know what kind of lens my perspective is seen through. Just like with anything else. Like when I tell you that Buried is the greatest film EVER. (It is.) Or that my baby is the cutest fetus EVER. (She does make me smile.) Or that my cats are the most annoying animals ever. (I can't stand that gray one.)
Every blogger is biased, but not every blogger discloses their biases. I’m trying to do right by you guys, as best I can.
So that’s the latest. As always, if you have concerns about this, please let me know. I’m happy to answer any questions (but, just like before, my answer might be “Honestly, I have no idea.”). And, just like before, if Nikon calls, I’m answering without hesitation.