Disclosures are important, so I’m making a new one today, and my disclosure policy has been updated accordingly. There are some big changes on deck for 2016, with the first one being a change in some of the companies I’m partnering with. Which is why I’ve decided to end my contract with Animas, because it was time for a change.
I wore a Medtronic pump for seven years before switching to Animas, and I’ve worn my Animas pump for the last six years. Both of these pumps are solid insulin delivery devices and worked great, and Animas has been wonderful to work with and for, and I’m forever grateful for their support over the last few years. But change is necessary at times.
Over the last two years, I’ve had some non-diabetes health hurdles (everything is fine, promise) and those issues put a different lens onto how I viewed my diabetes. I wanted frustrations with diabetes kept at an absolute minimum. Sometimes that meant ditching all technologies for a few weeks in order to give my body some breathing room, and to give my mind the opportunity to focus on the basics of my diabetes. (I did MDI a few times this year, for several weeks, and it was good to revisit that method of delivery. I learned, and relearned, a lot.) Sometimes that meant acknowledging that the features I needed and appreciated were allowed to change.
But ultimately, it meant that I needed to let myself move on to different technologies that better suited my diabetes needs these days, and to different opportunities that fit where I’d like to lend my voice.
So here’s the disclosure: I have signed an agreement with Tandem Diabetes Care. My new agreement with Tandem went into effect on January 1st, and includes compensation for consulting services, including speaking on Tandem’s behalf at diabetes-related events. When speaking on Tandem’s behalf at such events, my relationship with Tandem will be disclosed to the audience. (They won’t be involved in everything I do this year, so I’ll make sure I disclose appropriately when they are.) With my physician’s prescription, Tandem provided me with products at no charge, including a loaner Tandem insulin pump and the cartridges and infusion sets I need to use the pump. Tandem does not compensate me for content on Six Until Me. All of the content on Six Until Me remains my own, per usual, so my apologies that things aren’t suddenly going to become All Professional.
I’m really looking forward to working with the team at Tandem, and continuing to draw inspiration from the diabetes community as a whole.
And getting back to blogging.
And finding where the cats hid all of Birdzone’s hair ties.