Guest Diabetes Blogger

Guest Post: Diabetes at Work.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By April 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , 14 Comments

When I asked folks in the DOC if they’d be willing to lend their voices and perspectives for a guest blog post, I was excited to hear from Susannah (aka @bessiebelle on Instagram and Twitter).  Susannah grew up in South Australia and is now working as a lawyer in Cambridge, in the UK.  She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes…

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Guest Post: Taking Steps Towards Better.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 29, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Emotional health can influence someone’s physical health, and after decades with type 1 diabetes, I know that my health is best when I’m being cared for as a person, with mental health categorized as high a priority as my A1C or standard deviation of blood sugar.  How you feel about the disease you live with every day matters. Today, my favorite texting…

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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: The Cost of Staying Alive.

Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

Charity Shuster-Gormley is a native Vermonter who currently works as a mental health worker in a psychiatric hospital. She was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the summer of 2000 at 15 years old. Charity holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She lives with her husband, their 6-year-old Dachshund Amos,…

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Guest Post: Diabetes Opera.

Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 14, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

Michael Park is a composer whose work bridges the gap between real-world and musical experience. His Ted Talk, Experiencing Disease Through Music, has been described as moving, haunting, and an amazing translation of the disease. His opera, Diagnosis: Diabetes has received awards and high praise for turning an otherwise invisible illness into something the audience gets to experience.  And I’m…

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Guest Post: TWINS!

Diabetic Mommy, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 11, 2016 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Today I’m excited to be traveling to the Las Vegas JDRF TypeOneNation event (and hanging out with Sara…aaah), so while I’m in transit, Meredith Pack has offered to jump in with a guest post.  Meredith writes (at her leisure) over at With a Side of Insulin and is currently pregnant with twins. She and I share the same due date…

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Guest Post: From Inside a D-Tech Startup

Diabetes Products, Diabetes Tech, Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Marcus is cool.  I’m pretty certain about this because he has diabetes, thus making him part of a group of people I trust without justification outside of the whole “not making insulin, either” part.  (And he makes entertaining videos, but that’s a whole separate post.)  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be hosting some guest posts here and there, and…

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Guest Post: Diabetes Dreams.

Guest Diabetes Blogger By March 7, 2016 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

I’ve known Nicole almost my whole blogging life, as our respective jobs brought us together over a decade ago at a spelling bee.  (Life is pleasantly random that way.)  Over the last ten years, she’s been a voice of reason and an inspiration to me, doing the diabetes thing while simultaneously doing whatever the hell she wants.  I respect her…

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#Insulin4All: A Chat with Elizabeth Rowley.

Diabetes Advocacy, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Insulin, Real Life Diabetes By December 7, 2015 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Last week at the International Diabetes Federation’s World Congress in Vancouver, I had a chance to briefly reconnect with Elizabeth Rowley from T1D International.  We talked about the #Insulin4All campaign and the work she and her team are doing to help provide access to people with diabetes around the globe, and how our online community can work together to improve…

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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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Diabetes Research: My Evolution Toward a Patient Revolution.

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Healthcare By November 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

I like Dr. Victor Montori.  He’s a Mayo Clinic diabetes doctor and researcher who is working for a patient revolution – versus healthcare corruption – and for treatments that fit patients properly.  He and I are part of a PCORI team looking at user-centered design and the development of patient decision aids, and I had the chance to meet with…

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