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Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By May 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

People ask me why this conference matters, why the organization matters, and it’s sometimes hard to sum up.  What’s so great about sitting in a room full of people with diabetes?  Isn’t it like surrounding yourself with a reminder of something that is a pain in the butt (diabetes)?  Doesn’t it suck to talk about diabetes all the time? DUDE….

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5 Worst Things to Consume If You Have Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By April 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , 13 Comments

Today is World Health Day and the focus is on diabetes.  Every media outlet in the world is picking up on this health story and twisting it just so, highlighting misconceptions aplenty and feeding the stigma about diabetes.  Messages get muddled and broken down into clickbait headlines that sometimes hurt our community more than they educate. Cueing all the “eat…

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Guest Post: Diabetes Isn’t Easy, But Acting on Policy Can Be.

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare By April 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

This morning, Bennet Dunlap is taking over SUM because he has something to say.  Changing health policy has become a project of Bennet’s for personal reasons, and with the help of the diabetes community, he and others are aiming to make a difference.  Today he’s writing about the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition and how it’s aiming to be the “easy…

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Guest Post: Making Connections.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 25, 2016 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Stephen Shaul is one of the most insightful – and kindest – people I’ve come across in the last few years, and I really respect his thoughts on all-things diabetes.  (Links to his blog and podcast are in the bio below.)  Today, while I’m en route to 10,000 doctor’s appointments, Stephen is taking over SUM to talk about the simplicity,…

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Guest Post: E-Patient Dave Takes on T2D.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes By November 23, 2015 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

Dave deBronkart and I met several years ago through patient advocacy and online connection points, and I’ve followed his health story as he has simultaneously followed mine.  Dave comes from the perspective of a cancer survivor who almost died and has turned his “free replay in life” into a crusade to open healthcare’s minds to the idea of partnering with…

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Care What the Community Thinks, Not What the Community Buys.

Uncategorized By September 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

[I have a working relationship with Animas. My disclosures are here; please read them.] During the middle of one of our discussion sessions, Daniela D’Onofrio let fly a statement that defined the whole blogger summit for me: “Care what the community thinks, not what the community buys.” Last week, the European Animas team brought a group of diabetes advocates together…

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Entering the Mancave.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By July 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

There are issues we talk about openly in the diabetes community – tips on how to wear a pump, resources for good diet and nutrition, exercise goals, frustrations with blood sugar control, research, and on and on.  All of these topics matter because they play a role in diabetes management, and life as a whole.  But some of these topics…

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What Are You Advocating For?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By July 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

A discussion from Masterlab at Friends for Life: Social Media Prompt: What are you advocating for?? #MasterLab — Diabetes Hands Fndn (@diabeteshf) July 7, 2015 Some answers: My spiel: We need to stop blaming. Help everyone get the tools they need to be healthy. Access to tools for all! #diabetes #masterlab — Diabetes Ramblings (@RFamsRamblings) July 7, 2015 Our mission:…

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Interview: Anna Norton on the Future of Diabetes Sisters.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By June 4, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 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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#WalkWithD: Lorrian’s Type 2 Experience.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By November 10, 2014 Tags: , , 10 Comments

(This might look familiar to you …)  A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was seeking to learn more about my peers with diabetes, specifically folks with type 2 diabetes.  Living with type 1 diabetes myself, it’s hard to me to “walk a mile in their shoes,” so to speak, when I felt so uninformed about type 2…

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#WalkWithD: John’s Story.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By October 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was seeking to learn more about my peers with diabetes, specifically folks with type 2 diabetes.  Living with type 1 diabetes myself, it’s hard to me to “walk a mile in their shoes,” so to speak, when I felt so uninformed about type 2 diabetes in the first place.  A few…

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