SUM in Other Places

ConnecT1D Retreat.

Diabetes Community, SUM in Other Places July 1, 2016 4 Comments

Until a few months ago, I didn’t know much about the peer-to-peer support and family connection accomplished by ConnecT1D.  It wasn’t until Susan Horst reached out to me to see if I was available to visit for their ConnecT1D retreat that I was thrown into their world of the powerhouse diabetes outreach taking place in the Pacific Northwest. Susan Horst, project manager…


Traveling with Diabetes.

SUM in Other Places, Traveling June 28, 2016 6 Comments

Over on the Tandem website, there’s a new bit about traveling with diabetes (that I helped craft up), and that went live this morning.  You can read more here: But it made me think about my travel experiences this past weekend (I was in Seattle for the ConnecT1D retreat – more on that in a few days, as I’m waiting…



Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places November 3, 2015 1 Comment

The team at Disney’s T1D Everyday Magic asked for some meme’ry from some folks in the community.  Here’s mine.  (And you know how I feel about cupcakes.) Check out the rest, and for more T1D Memes, there’s a whole awesome site.  🙂 You might also like: Cupcakes for PWD? Yes. No. MAYBE. Spongebob Memes Diabetes Reality, Reframed. When Sleep Becomes…


Back to School.

SUM in Other Places October 13, 2015 No Comments

How is “going back to school” like “going to the endo?”  I’m learning more about life’s parallels every day.  New column up over at Animas: It reminded me of going to the pediatric endocrinologist’s office when I was a little kid, sitting in the waiting room with my mother.  After checking in with the receptionist, my mom and I would…


Diabetes Dominator.

Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places August 10, 2015 2 Comments

It’s nice to talk with other people who have diabetes.  It’s even better to laugh with other people who have diabetes, finding some levity in the diabetes moments that seem like they’re shuttling towards chaos.  And a few weeks ago, I had the chance to both talk and laugh (hard) with the Diabetes Dominator herself, Daniele Hargenrader. We talked about…


Panel: Challenges in Healthcare Leadership.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places August 5, 2015 9 Comments

Yesterday, I took part in a panel discussion at the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership Class of 2017 Convocation at Brown University (say that three times fast … I sure as hell can’t) and part of our discussion was about leadership in the healthcare space. My fellow panelists were folks who were employed in the healthcare arena (Michael Hudson, EVP…


Food Frustrations.

Diet and Food, SUM in Other Places July 31, 2015 3 Comments

“What frustrates you most as someone living with diabetes when eating out or attending an event that isn’t necessarily friendly to your dietary needs?  How do you overcome those challenges?” Diabetes makes food an out-of-the-gate loaded topic.  Food isn’t ever simply nourishment.  When I look at a plate of food, I see it as a math problem with a dozen…


Running the Gamut of Emotions.

Diabetes and Emotions, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places July 21, 2015 2 Comments

In my diabetes life, emotions are right up there with insulin and food as influencers of blood sugar management.  And I wish it wasn’t so, because stress and excitement are hard to “plan.”  (Replace those actual quotation marks with finger quotes, because they fit the bill a bit better.)  And the emotions that come up as a result of diabetes…