SUM in Other Places

Talking with Patients and Purpose

SUM in Other Places By April 25, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

My advice when it comes to patient advocacy? “Remember the voice that doesn’t have the chance to raise itself.” Talking about patients, storytelling, and our responsibility as “advocates” with the team at Patients and Purpose. You might also like: These Boots Were Made For Talking. Type 1 Origins: Talking Comic Books with Partha Kar. Talking About Diabetes Burnout. Talking About…

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Returning to diaTribe.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, SUM in Other Places By June 28, 2017 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

After a long hiatus, I’m back at diaTribe and explaining where the hell I disappeared to: “Diabetes is the dog I don’t like but I still have to be kind to. It barks and occasionally pees on the floor (or worse), it has chewed up at least ten of my shoes, and it jumps up and freaks out whenever the…

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ConnecT1D Retreat.

Diabetes Community, SUM in Other Places By July 1, 2016 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

Until a few months ago, I didn’t know much about the peer-to-peer support and family connection accomplished by ConnecT1D.  It wasn’t until Susan Horst reached out to me to see if I was available to visit for their ConnecT1D retreat that I was thrown into their world of the powerhouse diabetes outreach taking place in the Pacific Northwest. Susan Horst, project manager…

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Meme’d.

Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By November 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

The team at Disney’s T1D Everyday Magic asked for some meme’ry from some folks in the community.  Here’s mine.  (And you know how I feel about cupcakes.) Check out the rest, and for more T1D Memes, there’s a whole awesome site.  🙂 You might also like: Cupcakes for PWD? Yes. No. MAYBE. Spongebob Memes Diabetes Reality, Reframed. When Sleep Becomes…

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Back to School.

SUM in Other Places By October 13, 2015 Tags: , , , No Comments

How is “going back to school” like “going to the endo?”  I’m learning more about life’s parallels every day.  New column up over at Animas: It reminded me of going to the pediatric endocrinologist’s office when I was a little kid, sitting in the waiting room with my mother.  After checking in with the receptionist, my mom and I would…

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Diabetes Dominator.

Diabetes Videos, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, SUM in Other Places By August 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

It’s nice to talk with other people who have diabetes.  It’s even better to laugh with other people who have diabetes, finding some levity in the diabetes moments that seem like they’re shuttling towards chaos.  And a few weeks ago, I had the chance to both talk and laugh (hard) with the Diabetes Dominator herself, Daniele Hargenrader. We talked about…

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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 By August 5, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 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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Food Frustrations.

Diet and Food, SUM in Other Places By July 31, 2015 3 Comments

“What frustrates you most as someone living with diabetes when eating out or attending an event that isn’t necessarily friendly to your dietary needs?  How do you overcome those challenges?” Diabetes makes food an out-of-the-gate loaded topic.  Food isn’t ever simply nourishment.  When I look at a plate of food, I see it as a math problem with a dozen…

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