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The Friday Six: Eyeballs, You Balls, We All Balls for Eyeballs!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places, The Friday Six By January 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Last night, my computer started to twitch because there were so many people sharing the link about Google developing a contact lens that monitors blood sugar levels through tears. Yep. “We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers…

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What is a Diabetes Advocate?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Uncategorized By January 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , 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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Make a Difference For One.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By January 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

An ode to the community I respect so much, and one that doesn’t simply exist “online.”  Diabetes advocacy takes shape in the smallest actions – you don’t have to be a “blogger” in order to make a difference.  Make a Difference for One. We’re united by beta cells on a long break.We’re united by know just how much it takesTo…

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Medtronic Diabetes Advocate Forum: Meaning Trumped Marketing.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By January 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 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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Long Term Lows.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life, Traveling By January 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 24 Comments

Last night, just before bed, I did what I do every night before turning off the bedside lamp:  checked the IOB (insulin on board) on my pump and looked at the Dexcom graph.  IOB was okay (0.21u from a small snack bolus two and a half hours earlier), but the Dexcom was showing 146 mg/dL and heading in a southwesterly…

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Clever Diabetes Recycling (Upcycling!)

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Products, Robot Life By January 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

After 27 years of type 1 diabetes, with ten years of pumping and over 60,000 blood sugar checks, I’ve certainly generated my share of diabetes-related garbage.  All the little syringe caps and infusion sets, bottles of insulin, and dead strips, I could scent a landfill with the soft, wafting bouquet of band-aids (insulin) with ease. But it doesn’t all have…

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Projecting Positivity.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare By January 1, 2014 12 Comments

Did you see the “What If All the Guns in Movies Were Replaced with Thumbs Up?” article?  If not, you should check it out, because it encapsulates the motivation I feel about what can be accomplished in 2014.  (That, and the Batman graphic is excellent.)  There’s a lot that needs to be changed and moved forward and embraced, and as…

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Guest Post: Someone Who Understands.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By December 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 21 Comments

Part of what drew me to the idea of creating a diabetes blog was the search for, and the hope of finding, people who understood.  Google was a dark abyss of bad news and depressing statistics; what I needed was to connect with others who were living life, with diabetes along for the ride.  That same connection still feels necessary,…

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Power of Patient Communities.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By December 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

At the end of November, I had the opportunity to contribute an article to Pharmaphorum, which is a UK-based publication with the mission to “connect healthcare thought leaders to support the pharma industry in delivering innovation.”  Thanks to the thoughtful responses from Bob Pederson, Shannon Marengo, Laura Gibson, and Melanie Bunda, I was able to highlight some of the benefits…

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Hacking Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Pumping Insulin, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By December 10, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

(Seems like that post title should end with “to bits!!” including a defiant shout and then the popping open of a can of Diet Pepsi.  Or something less specific.) Last week I traveled to Melbourne, Victoria to present at the International Diabetes Federation World Congress.  Long, Inception-esque flight.  Excellent flight attendant.* My presentation was anchored in the “Living Well With…

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So Much of the Thanks.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By November 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

On the eve of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful. Thankful for two, daft gray cats who rotate around this house instigating trouble, but who happily curl up on the couch with us at night.   For job opportunities that fill my life with meaning.  For family and family.  For the husband who tolerates, with amazing patience, all of me.  For the all-in hugs…

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Talking About Diabetes Burnout.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 11 Comments

Diabetes is every day, but burnout doesn’t have to be.   You might also like: Diabetes Blog Week: Message Monday. Rewind: These Boots Were Made for Talking Type 1 Origins: Talking Comic Books with Partha Kar. Perspectives on Diabetes: Why Children with Diabetes Matters.

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