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Guest Post: What FFL Was Like as a First Timer.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships May 26, 2017 2 Comments

Wondering what it’s like to be surrounded by thousands of people affected by diabetes?  Today, my fellow Friends for Life faculty member and longtime family friend, Scott Johnson, takes over SUM to share his experience as a first-timer at FFL back in 2010.   Scott was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in 1980 and has been blogging about his…

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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…

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Interview: Anna Norton on the Future of Diabetes Sisters.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support June 4, 2015 No Comments

Organizations that bring people touched by diabetes together have a special place in my heart, because peer-to-peer support checks that “whole person care” box on the mental diabetes management to do list.  The Diabetes Sisters organization is a group that brings women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes together in an environment that fosters open discussion, camaraderie, and learning. …

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Unraveling the UnConference.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes March 19, 2015 13 Comments

Thanks to the vision, dedication, and determination of Christel Aprigliano, the first Diabetes UnConference came together in Las Vegas last weekend. “Wait, what?  I didn’t see anything on Twitter or Facebook!” And that’s because there was a social media blackout on the whole conference during the actual course of it.  No live-Tweeting, no live-blogging, no live-streaming. As my daughter used…

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D-Blog Week: What Brings Me Down … and Then Back Up.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes May 14, 2014 20 Comments

Diabetes has made my body broken in ways I don’t readily admit, but I am sometimes forced to acknowledged.  People talk about my daughter’s chances of developing the disease and they always give me what they think is a comforting comment – “At least it would be the devil you know,” – but that doesn’t ease my boxed-away fears and…

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If I Knew Then: Diabetes Blogging.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes April 9, 2014 10 Comments

I wish I had known, at the outset, what a “blog” was.  When Chris suggested I start one back in 2005, the face I made was as though he had shoved a lemon into my mouth.  “A blaaaaahgg?” I wish I had known that things like SEO would matter – not on the “I need more page views” sort of…

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