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#DOCasksFDA – Your Feedback is Needed, DOC!

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community By October 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

THIS IS THE LINK TO THE SURVEY.  Read below for more information on the virtual discussion between the diabetes community and the FDA, and how your input will shape that discussion, and potentially our future. “On November 3 from 1pm-4pm EDT, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the diabetes community will host an unprecedented event to discuss unmet needs…

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Seeking PWD Peers.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

Two weeks ago, I was in Vienna for the third annual European Animas Blogger Summit.  (I’m a blogger, and I have a working relationship with Animas.  Only missing the European part, and I can’t even pretend because I was once told that my attempt at a British accent was akin to Dick Van Dyke’s Mary Poppins attempt.  So, no.)  Other…

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An In-Depth Look at the Diabetes UnConference.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships, SUM in Other Places By September 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

Peer to peer support has been shown to be highly beneficial to those living with diabetes. The report, “Peer Support in Health – Evidence to Action,” summarizing findings from the first National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network shared that: “Among 20 studies of diabetes management, 19 showed statistically significant evidence of benefits of peer support.”  In keeping with that theme, The…

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Drafting Off #DSMA: Diabetes Job Description.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By August 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I love tuning in to the diabetes discussions on Twitter – they are always insightful and make me see things through a different (insulin-colored?) lens. The final question of last night’s #dsma chat really brought out some interesting responses: Q4 At the time of diagnosis, would it have been helpful to be offered a Position Description for life with diabetes?…

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Masterlab: Tides are Rising.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By June 20, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

In the last ten years, the DOC has evolved from a small pocket of voices to an entire choir that can’t be housed in one town, or state, or even country.  I love seeing more hands raised and more people saying, “Me, too!” and providing support and understanding for one another.  Patient stories matter.  Our stories matter. The DOC is…

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A Day Late, an Islet Short.

Uncategorized By May 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

I missed the last day of Diabetes Blog Week, but I’m determined to follow through on the prompts, because I love being part of this community. The last prompt is to highlight some of the work we’ve loved reading this past week:  “As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things. This can…

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Learning from my Peers.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By April 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

“All those stereotypes about type 2 diabetes?  I used to believe them, and I worked to distance myself from them,” I said. Cue my blush of shame and embarrassment. “I’m sorry I thought those things.  And the main reason I don’t feel that way anymore is thanks to the advocacy work of my peers with type 2 diabetes.  People who…

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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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HCPs and the DOC.

Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By November 21, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 17 Comments

My type 1 diabetes is managed on a day-to-day basis by me.  I do my blood sugar checks, I make insulin decisions that correlate with the food I’m eating or the exercise I’m doing.  I have decided to make an insulin pump, a glucose meter, and a continuous glucose monitor part of my diabetes technology arsenal. My endocrinologist helps manage…

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Stigmatized Secrets.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By November 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 34 Comments

I’ve spent the last few weeks keeping watch on the My Diabetes Secrets Tumblr account (a version of Diabetes PostSecret – more here) and these two submissions keep leaping out at me: The submissions as stand-alone pieces make me feel like I’m trying to shove limitless emotions into a Ziploc bag, but what kills me is that these were submitted…

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What A Low Blood Sugar Feels Like.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By November 7, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 116 Comments

Across the board, a low blood sugar seems to be considered as anything under 70 mg/dL.  Revisiting the American Diabetes Association’s website this morning offers up a list of symptoms of low blood sugar, like: Shakiness Nervousness or anxiety Sweating, chills and clamminess Irritability or impatience Confusion, including delirium Rapid/fast heartbeat Lightheadedness or dizziness Hunger and nausea Sleepiness Blurred/impaired vision…

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National Diabetes Awareness American Month Diabetes … Month?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes By November 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 61 Comments

It’s National Diabetes Month, according to the President.  And American Diabetes Month, according to the ADA.  It’s Press Release Inundation Month, according to people who work for companies looking to connect with the diabetes community.  But for people living with diabetes, November.  And it’s also our chance to raise more awareness for our health condition/disease/whatever you’d like to call it….

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