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Tallygear Giveaway! Exclamation Point!

Tallygear is awesome, and I’ve been a big fan for many years.  After switching over to the Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitor, I was so happy to see that Donna at Tallygear had created a case to protect the G4 (and have been using it daily since).  And now she’s up and running with a lot of new cases for the Dexcom G4 unit, as well as some other colorful ways to dress up the otherwise drab world of diabetes devices.

Check out some of her new designs!

Donna was kind enough to send some samples to me, and I’d like to turn that favor around to you guys.  But there’s a catch.  I have three Tallygear “gift packs” (in quotation marks because there are things from Tallygear that I’m including, but I’m sending the packages myself, so there will be some additional surprises to be determined by how much cat hair I can collect from Loopy and Siah … just kidding … sort of …) to give away, but I want to couple this up with the recent, and important, discussions about diabetes stigma.

To win one the Tallygear giveaways, you’ll need to leave a comment here on this blog post or Tweet about this giveaway (see the Rafflecopter widget below), but not in the “promote me!” sort of way.  Instead, I want you to answer this question:

“How will you help change the perception of diabetes today?  #dstigma” 

As a community, we can help change the face of diabetes, one moment at a time.  Dealing with diabetes-related stigma isn’t something that can be “fixed” overnight, but every time we make diabetes visible in an accurate, educated way, we’re taking a bite out of stigma.  Kind of like McGruff the Crime Dog.  So let’s keep talking.

You can follow Donna from Tallygear on Twitter @Tallygear and on Facebook.  The official Tallygear website, with a complete product listing and a catalog of colors to choose from, is at  If you’re one of the winners, I’ll contact you for your mailing address (so be sure to leave a valid email).

And thanks for playing along.  I’m excited to see the discussions that have cropped up about diabetes stigma, and I hope to contribute to them.

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61 Comments Post a comment
  1. -V- #

    Although I worked with a bunch of scientist, they also have misconceptions about the disease. I decided to try my best to educate the people around me about my daily challenges so that they can help us in the future. Education is the key.

    07/15/14; 10:58 am
    • These cases would be for my 6 year old daughter, who was diagnosed last year. Even though my best friend from elementary school had diabetes, I had no idea how complicated it was until we were dealing with it ourselves. She is often offered sugar-free products by parents of friends who are trying to be helpful. Friends have asked her why she has to prick her finger so often and whether she got diabetes because she ate too much sugar. Schools sometimes don’t understand why it’s important for kids to have emergency supplies stored in other places besides the nurse’s office. People with Type 2 don’t always realize that Type 1 is different and has some other complexities to it, such as needing to check for ketones. I think people want to understand how they can help, but there needs to be more public awareness. I created a Family Diabetes Crossroads on my author blog, where I blog from time-to-time about diabetes topics with an emphasis toward families, and I also plan to arrange a JDRF walk and educational talk at our local elementary school. I monitor diabetes tweets on Twitter and retweet anything that I think is important information to get out to the public. I suspect that my daughter and I will be collaborating on some kind of book in the future also!

      07/16/14; 11:27 am
  2. Amanda S. #

    I have been sporting my infusion site on my arm this week and with the warm summery weather I have been asked about a billion times “what’s that on your arm?” or “is that a patch for something?”….I have been educating people on the world of T1D and the many options of insulin pumps. I agree with the previous comment “education is the key!”

    07/15/14; 11:12 am
  3. Aliza #

    My comment around #dstigma is that I will continue to blog, tweet, do work with JDRF and Ada and talk to anyone who will listen about stigma in the community. There are a lot of things on my mind and on which I’m starting to work after master lab! 🙂

    07/15/14; 11:15 am
  4. Paige #

    Today I will radiate health and look so good that the people will wish they had diabetes themselves! #Dstigma? More like #Dstyle!

    07/15/14; 11:21 am
  5. Juliana #

    Is this giveaway for US-residents only?

    07/15/14; 12:04 pm
    • Nope. Discussion about stigma is international, so I’ll spring for shipping. 🙂

      07/15/14; 12:27 pm
  6. Lisa #

    My office has a quarterly news letter that features articles written by the staff about various topics and interests. I’ve been debating whether or not to submit something about working in an office and having diabetes. Thanks to your challenge, I’ve decided that I will write something that will hopefully educate at least a few people in the office about life with T1D.

    07/15/14; 12:23 pm
  7. Valerie #

    I wonder if tally gear could create a case for the nightscout dexcom and phone combo.

    07/15/14; 12:26 pm
  8. Juliana #

    I will continue to wear my pump on the outside of my pants pocket and to wear my not-so-discreet diabetes bracelet. No need to be ashamed! It can all start some interesting conversations!

    07/15/14; 12:30 pm
  9. Rebecca #

    Today I spoke to th childcare director of our local YMCA to stand up for my son’s right to have his blood sugar checked (me checking it- I never leave the building while he is there). We had a previous encounter where we were asked to leave to check his blood sugar. At the time I didn’t know any better , so I did it. And for weeks I would either avoid taking him, or check him outside right before we went in and leave early if he needed to be checked again. Today I decided that it was time to speak up. Their misconceptions about the disease and their fear of blood-born pathogens was their reasoning for not allowing blood sugar testing. Not only did I inform them of the laws, I offered to help them get more education on the disease so that this doesn’t happen to any other child.

    07/15/14; 12:54 pm
  10. Heather #

    My daughter & I both wear the G4. I recently started wearing my sensor on my arm, like she does. I had tried before, but it was always painful. So, I had my kids help with insertion & it worked. No # D stigma here. We both wear our sensor proudly.

    07/15/14; 1:05 pm
  11. Katie #

    I always make it a point to stop and answer questions people have when I am helping my 6year old daughter with her Type 1. She is just recently starting to be less shy in talking with people about it. She educated some sweet kids at a park just the other day-when they asked her what her Dexcom was-she told them it’s my Continuous Glucose Monitor and I have Type 1 Diabetes. They thought the receiver was pretty cool! 🙂

    07/15/14; 1:05 pm
  12. Today we are celebrating my bosses birthday with cupcakes and I am totally eating one. And for every coworker that says, “Can you have that?” I will politely explain how I can and that sugar is not a bad thing. People say you can’t have your cake and eat it too but you better believe I can have my diabetes and eat my (cup)cake too! #dstigma

    07/15/14; 1:13 pm
  13. Brittney #

    I’ve recently been very casually exposing
    my pump to people who
    Have known me for years yet not known I
    Was diabetic. I’m usually very discreet. But
    By “no big deal” letting a hint slip out, people
    Ask what it is and are shocked that I’m diabetic.
    It’s great cause it shows them that we are no
    Different at all and can live (some times
    Even fuller!) full lives… Just like them. 😉

    07/15/14; 1:15 pm
  14. There are too many things to say to this… but I’ll stick with threeish points…

    I proudly wear my medical devices in plain sight and answer what they are, but I recently discovered that my own family didn’t understand my type 1. After I shared the story on my blog about educating my own insurance company that I (the adult policy holder) have type 1 and not a child with type one, my sister asked, “You have type 1.5, don’t you? You didn’t have it when we were kids.” I will continue to calmly explain my adult diagnosis as clearly as possible instead of ripping out my hair (which is truly my gut reaction).

    But on the other side of Dstigma, I’m trying to help a T2 in my life stop blaming herself and seeing herself as less than me because I have T1. She has it stuck in her head that the fact she ate a lot of candy as a child and that she was overweight caused her to have type 2, but she doesn’t acknowledge the genetic history in her family. I’m slowly chipping away at her blame, or at least I’m trying to.

    07/15/14; 1:19 pm
  15. Judi #

    I saw this quote from @scottjohnson recently & liked it so much that I’m using my embroidery machine to stitch it on a shirt front. It was, “”When I see a plate of food I don’t see a plate of food. I see a plate of math.” Am going to add some high carb food designs to go with it. Figure this will generate a lot of ‘What does this mean’?’ comments when I’m out and about.

    07/15/14; 1:31 pm
  16. Laddie #

    Today I will work hard to learn and change my own perceptions about diabetes. And I will spread the word through my blog, through my online discussions, and through my in-person interactions.

    07/15/14; 1:37 pm
  17. Mark Gutman #

    My answer to reducing the #dstigma is to talk about my experiences. I don’t hide the fact the I have diabetes, and am always happy to answer questions. Can’t change the world all at once, but a little bit at a time can go a long way.

    07/15/14; 1:42 pm
  18. John #

    Today I’ll continue to wear my pump on my belt clip and also bring my Dexcom along for my lunchtime workout. I truly love answering questions and educating people about T1D. I wear my CGM in an old mp3 player armband, so the tallygear would help me be “out there” even more! Thanks for doing this Kerri.

    07/15/14; 2:03 pm
  19. Is the giveaway only G4 products? Or those plus other Tallygear products? I don’t want to enter if it’s only G4 b/c we don’t have that and are probably not going to get one anytime soon though we’d really like one! 🙂

    07/15/14; 2:15 pm
    • If you are the winner, I’ll make sure you only get non-G4 products. There are also pump belts, keychains, lanyards, etc. 🙂

      07/15/14; 2:21 pm
  20. Brenda #

    My grant was funded!! Ten thousand (yes, 10,000!) full-color, ledger-sized infographics will be distributed (free!) to people throughout Oklahoma! The infographic will contain information to dispel common myths and confusion (such as the difference between Type 1 and Type 2). It will be written on a lower reading level than most educational material and distributed through the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, which has an office in each county of OK. We’ve also asked the graphic designer to format the infographic so it can easily be shared electronically through social media.

    Both the graphic designer (from TX) and lead project person (me!) have Type 1 diabetes and attended the same D camp in Texas.

    Now how is that for kicking a little #dstigma booty?!?

    07/15/14; 2:47 pm
  21. Though good friends warn me often about ‘overdoing’ it since I am diabetic, I choose to go all out in my job with children at our church. I take to heart the idea that diabetes doesn’t define me, nor will I let it limit me. Sure, it is a hassle, or may even interfere when an unexpected low hits in the middle of an event. But I have decided that my family and my work and my life are worth more to me than those hassles and occasional pitfalls. Take that, T1D!

    07/15/14; 3:21 pm
  22. Deb #

    Today I had a good discussion with my sister about the different challenges I face (35 years worth!)—– things that I usually keep to myself for fear of ‘boring’ someone. We both learned something special.

    07/15/14; 3:59 pm
  23. Carie #

    My dd, who is 11 and diagnosed at 23 months, shows animals at our county fair. Part of the requirements to be eligible for showing is a stills project. She chose an educational display about Type 1 diabetes. So we are both going to be on hand at the display area in order to educate and answer any questions people may have. We’re excited about this project and I also learned that the Fair Board is equally excited to have her display this year! It’s not much, but it’s a start.

    07/15/14; 4:47 pm
  24. By continuing to live my life to the fullest, and being completely transparent with people I come across concerning my diabetes. I travel internationally, am a busy mom to four, run and play sports, etc. Keeping educated and up to date is key!

    07/15/14; 5:09 pm
  25. Kelli #

    Adam is 5 so I am in charge of all shots. I just give them where ever we are and I don’t hide it. He also loves to go around town and to his brother’s schools and practices without his shirt on to show off his dexcom sensor(will only wear it on his tummy) we have plenty of opportunities to explain. #dstigma

    07/15/14; 6:14 pm
  26. Barb #

    I try to share my diabetes with my coworkers and family, and encourage people to ask questions. When children point at my insulin pump and ask what it is, I take the time to let them know that it helps me when I eat food because part of my body doesn’t work appropriately. Kids generally think it’s cool that I’m part-robot.

    I wear my CGM on my arm and my insulin pump on my hip so everybody in the office is aware that I’m diabetic. Most of my co-workers just see me as an ordinary person who happens to have type 1 diabetes. I trained about one-third of the people in my office on how to use my glucagon emergency kit. Because they’re trained on my glucagon shot, they also now have a better understanding of my constant underlying fear of being dependent on someone else to save my life, when that someone else has no real understanding of how diabetes works. I figure that if people realize that our current treatment isn’t enough, they’ll be more supportive of research for better treatments and cures.

    07/15/14; 6:27 pm
  27. Linda #

    I try to dispel misconceptions through education. I use diabetes awareness month to post small snippets of information to teach those about diabetes, I also calmly explain, to people who ask questions like “did she get it by eating too much sugar” what T1 is and how it wasn’t by her fault.

    07/15/14; 7:02 pm
  28. #dstigma – Isabella just started a Dexcom trial so she now has two devices on her 3-year-old body (Omnipod, too). When we go places I never encourage her to wear clothes that cover up her devices. I’d rather people see them and ask us what they are so we can spread awareness and educate them. In fact, Isabella is proud to show off her pods that we decorate…sometimes you forgot that even 3-year-olds can fight off stigmas, too:)

    07/15/14; 7:56 pm
  29. It occurred to me in sending out the recent round of party invitations for my soon-to-be 13-yr old, that we have managed to blend this t1d life with the world non-t1d. Four attendees with t1d and 13 without, but all kids that will enjoy a party with burgers, candy and cake regardless of how their personal insulin is manufactured. Yes, there will be cute dish labels clevely written with carb counts but in the end, it just makes the t1d mystique oh so much cooler as I can guarantee that all will be racing to tally the amount of carbs they are eating. #T1dstigmabegone

    07/15/14; 8:38 pm
  30. Andrea BORCHGARDT #

    My 12 year old daughter, Kaci- started dance camp this week. It is only her second week to wear her Dexcom G4. She decided to wear it in her arm, even though their uniforms are sleeveless. As expected- she has been asked by many what the device is for. She is taking every chance she gets to teach her peers about Type 1 Diabetes. I am so proud of her. It is hard enough to be 12, at a new school and out of her comfort zone. she wants to ” blend” into the crowd- but is taking this opportunity to help educate her peers. This Texas Momma couldn’t be prouder!

    07/15/14; 9:57 pm
  31. Sue Shumway #

    Our daughter was just diagnosed May 2014, just a couple weeks before her 9th birthday. Her birthday party was a great opportunity to educate family & friends about Type 1 Diabetes..everyone got to see she can skate, play, & yes – even eat cake! As well as see a glimpse of what goes into managing & monitoring blood sugar. The day before diagnosis we did not know about T1D, so we keep that in mind when we get ignorant comments, bizarre stares when testing, counting carbs, treating & injections and use every opportunity (grocery shopping, restaurants, softball games, tennis practice, school, etc) to spread awareness of signs/symptoms and living life with this crazy disease. We recently got dexcom, as she’s hypoglycemia unaware. It’s important for people to know what to look for & see how amazingly strong people living with diabetes truly are. And, participate in every effort to turn type one into type none! We’ll proudly sport our life saving gear & it would be great to have some cool cases to carry it in 🙂 #dstigma

    07/15/14; 10:03 pm
  32. Marie C #

    I am stupidly proud to admit that I am becoming a “regular” at my gym. More people wave, say hi and even start conversations with me. More often people are asking me what my Ddevices are. And I am more and more comfortable in telling them. And if further asked i actually find a little happiness in explaining what my (and our) T1D is and they actually want to know more. Erasing #dstigma one workout at a time and it really feels awesome. Really.

    07/15/14; 10:32 pm
  33. Laura #

    My 3 year old daughter just got a Dexcom g4. The first day we put it on she ran over to the neighbors’ house, lifted her dress, and showed it off. (It was on her bottom.) She acted as though it was a new toy and it gave us the chance to educate the neighbors about type 1 diabetes. We would love to have a tallygear case for her to carry her receiver in. Thanks for this opportunity.

    07/15/14; 10:44 pm
  34. Mel Murray #

    I don’t tell many people about having diabetes, cause i’m afraid i’d only add to the #dstigma …. so really the best thing I could do would be to take better care of myself, eat better, exercise more and be more like all the wonderful inspirational and amazing D people that you all are

    07/15/14; 10:46 pm
  35. Sharon #

    When my five year old explains to the assistant director of his daycare how to use his new G4, there is no stigma.
    When he kicks a soccer ball just as hard, or throws a football just as far as anyone else, there is no stigma.
    When he excuses himself from playing with his friends because Mom “needs to check my blood” they hold the game until he gets back, there is no stigma.
    He wears his medical bracelet with pride. No stigma.
    I need to be as strong, brave and proud as he is.
    He’s a regular kid. With an irregular pancreas. Big deal.

    07/15/14; 11:33 pm
  36. Cindy Pittman #

    My son who’s 7 is very open and honest about his diabetes, and is very educated about it.We have encouraged him to share with his classmates and friends (and friend’s parents) the FACTS about Type One and what he needs to do. We have taught him that he will be very healthy taking care of himself and to always be proud of the hard work he does every single day. We have spoken to other people who are newly diagnosed to help them to be open and comfortable with their diabetes, and to never hide or feel shame.

    07/16/14; 12:14 am
  37. I gave my insulin pen shot at the table, we ate at a group dinner tonight. I had to change my thoughts and the example I was providing for my daughter when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I don’t want her to be embarrassed about taking care of any d-needs so I had to change what I originally thought about handling my diabetes!

    07/16/14; 1:12 am
  38. Kristine V. #

    I have never been embarrassed by having diabetes T1. In fact- I feel empowered knowing I can live a good life with this disease and have a healthy and positive look on the future. When I was diagnosed at 19 (26 today) I quickly learned that ppl in general didn’t know a lot about T1D, and they were very surprised I was diagnosed so “late”. I always take the time to explain about my diagnosis and what I CAN do like any other non-diabetics can. I never focus on the negative because before I got T1D I didn’t have a negative view of life so why should I now? Everything is manageable when you just have to, and I like to let others know when they say “oh my- I could never have handled that disease!” that YES- you would have! It’s not the end of the world. In fact, I like ppl to know that having T1D changed me to an even more positive and stronger person – a person who never gives up – and whom faces fear and challenges with a whole lot more guts and strength then before. I find myself continuously backing up or “protect” diabetes because it really isn’t the most negative thing in the world and I will never stop doing that. Sometimes I feel proud of myself for doing my best all the time, and I know I wouldn’t have that feeling as often unless I knew how many barriers I would have to cross first.

    07/16/14; 2:48 am
  39. Melissa E #

    When people learn I have T1, I encourage them to ask as many questions as possible, no judgement from me. I love to talk about my diabetes with people, I am a teacher at heart, so it comes easily. I proudly wear my sensor on my arm, when I catch people staring, I tell them what it is (even when they don’t ask :-). I proudly sport my pump/infusion site and dexcom sensor at the beach. But, I also share, unfiltered, the frustrations about dealing with this disease. Education is the key and if that means I have to look like a cyborg in my bathing suit then I so be it! Diabetes has changed my perspective on life and living and I want to share it with the world!

    07/16/14; 8:14 am
  40. Denise #

    Today I am getting my daughter’s cgm on the cloud! I just ordered a phone to connect to her dex. My goal is to encourage her independence at school in the fall with me closely monitoring her as her backup. She’s 11 and was dx at age 4. Even though she’s knowledgable she’s a little afraid to make choices at school without contacting the nurse. This will foster her independence knowing that even when she’s at school, I got her back. I really think that the other kids seeing her move on with her life instead of being glued to the nurse will help the world see her for the normal kid she is. I hope this gives her greater confidence to live her life fully, not fearfully. (I know lots of kids don’t have this issue but my kid is rather shy and timid so this extra support will help a lot.) I’m so excited!

    07/16/14; 8:31 am
  41. Denise #

    Oh, one more thing. Today my duaghter got her braces! See, she’s just like all the “normal” kids her age. She looks super cute rocking her gear–braces, glasses, omnipod on her arm, cgm on her belly.

    07/16/14; 8:33 am
    • denise #

      oops, I didn’t mean to “enter” twice. You can delete a post or combine them. I was just so excited about dd’s new braces. 🙂

      07/16/14; 9:15 am
  42. Amanda H #

    I am on injections, although I flirt with idea if getting a pump but have yet to commit to doing it.

    07/16/14; 8:40 am
  43. I’m in the hospital (for a happy reason, not related to diabetes( but I’ve spent yesterday and will likely spend today talking to medical professionals about changes in diabetes care. Even though these professionals are not related to diabetes problems, I’m still a little surprised they know

    07/16/14; 8:58 am
  44. I love tallygear. I have the Dexcom case, the omnipod case and the utility bag. Love everyone of them!

    07/16/14; 1:49 pm
  45. “How will you help change the perception of diabetes today? #dstigma“ – I feel like I am helping to change the perception of diabetes simply by not hiding my daughter’s diabetes. I have a blog, a twitter, a facebook page, plus my personal facebook that I use as a sort of megaphone to share our experiences. To share how diabetes isn’t stopping our family, and to also share how it does impact our lives, especially my daughter’s. I feel like people tend to either portray diabetes as this evil monster that has ruined their lives, or they try so hard to show that diabetes can’t stop them that people see diabetes as no big deal. I am trying to show others that diabetes is both of these things, and neither of these things. It is a big deal, it does cause problems, it does alter our lives… but, it also won’t stop my daughter from doing anything that she sets out to do, it might just take more time, more planning, more gear than it would for someone who doesn’t have T1. That doesn’t mean that her life with T1 is any better or worse than anyone else’s, just that it is different. And really, no two people experience the same things the same exact way anyways.

    More recently #werenotwaiting. I’ve set up the CGM in the Cloud system for her this week and I hope by sharing our experiences with it that I can help get the word out that technology is on our side and helping my daughter to live a more “normal” life, despite diabetes.

    07/16/14; 3:05 pm
  46. Sue #

    Kerri, this is a much-needed topic of discussion and I love seeing so many blog postings about #dstigma! I’d love to see the dstigma between the types go away through education and collaboration. When we all come together, regardless of type, we are stronger and can better educate others.

    07/17/14; 8:32 am
  47. Loren #

    Chase woke up sick yesterday. In the hopes of education my FB friends I updated my status not to just to let people know that he was sick but to help educated as to why it was so important to closely monitor his blood glucose and his ketones.

    07/17/14; 8:38 am
  48. Information, information and more information! I just tell everyone that lot of things they think they know is not true and explain them the facts.

    Best wishes Silvia

    07/17/14; 9:16 am
  49. Lucy Grubbs #

    I always try to promote and educate about the disease, while I don’t have it, i do have to daughters that have it. I try to educate almost every day anyone who will listen to what i have to say about the disease and that with a little planning, Type 1’s can do ANYTHING!

    07/17/14; 11:47 am
  50. Zak #

    I try to help change the perception of T1 by showing my friends/family that my daughter can do “normal” activities and eat “regular” foods!

    07/17/14; 1:46 pm
  51. I didn’t notice dstigma until I started worrying about what people think of ME having diabetes. I assumed everything was all nicey-nice around my son. But NOW. Ouch.

    07/17/14; 5:31 pm
  52. Sarah #

    Wear my pump visible everyday & I’m more than happy to answer questions about it!

    07/17/14; 8:42 pm
  53. Melissa #

    I work as a nurse in a hospital and while my unit is not diabetes-specific, nearly all of my patients have some form of diabetes. While I don’t think it is appropriate to tell them about my diabetes, I try to have real conversations with my patients about managing their diabetes as effectively as possible. My hope is that I am doing my small part to reduce the #dstigma by giving people the chance to talk openly about their disease. (I could also really use some sweet tallygear in my life).

    07/17/14; 9:17 pm

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