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How Real Do You Want It?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes January 23, 2014 17 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching the articles about Lisa Bonchek Adams circle, ranging from the New York Times opinion piece by Bill Keller to the one written by Emma Keller (his wife) for The Guardian (which has been removed from The Guardian site but lives on in the archives), to the response piece written by Brian Loew…

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What is a Diabetes Advocate?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Uncategorized January 16, 2014 6 Comments

Last night’s #dsma chat was a terrific one, focusing on how people in the diabetes community define “advocacy.” I wanted to summarize it here (at least the parts that resonated for me) because it could serve as a catalyst to inspire. [For information on what the #dsma chat is, click here. And to learn more about connecting with people with…

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Medtronic Diabetes Advocate Forum: Meaning Trumped Marketing.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support January 14, 2014 6 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was invited to join some of my advocacy colleagues for a meeting in Los Angeles, CA at the Medtronic Diabetes headquarters.  This event was put on by the teams at Medtronic and Bayer, and they covered travel, lodging, and expenses for attendees.  (Disclosure out of the way.)  The agenda included “interactive sessions on the latest…

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Another #DayOfDiabetes, Twitter-Style.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life November 15, 2013 4 Comments

For World Diabetes Day yesterday, I attempted to participate in another round of #dayofdiabetes, using Twitter to log the different nuances of a day with type 1 diabetes.  It was a tougher day than normal, Internet-wise, because I spent the morning in the plane and the rest of the afternoon with very limited access to Wifi, but it was World…

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Hard to Capture.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Exercise & Fitness May 28, 2013 9 Comments

With Twitter as the medium, there’s only so much that can be captured with only 140 characters at your disposal, especially when there are always so many juggling balls aloft.  Since it’s mostly intrinsic, these thought processes, I forget what parts are unfamiliar to people who aren’t living with diabetes.  After looking back at the Storify-version of my #dayofdiabetes experience,…

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A #dayofdiabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community May 24, 2013 6 Comments

There’s not much of an option for a day without diabetes, but sometimes the friends and acquaintances I’ve made through social media aren’t as acutely aware of the food math and thought process behind each insulin dose decision, so I’m jumping on the #dayofdiabetes bandwagon. Chris Snider at A Consequence of Hypoglycemia took up the challenge of “live-tweeting” a day…

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Diabetes and Twitter: 101.

Diabetes Community May 14, 2013 No Comments

One of the Friends for Life sessions that I co-lead with my favorite tall guy, Scott Johnson, was about finding diabetes support through social media.  (More on that session this week, but I wanted to get this post up today because there’s a diabetes chat that takes place on Wednesday nights.)  While that session had it’s own discussion points and…

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