Emily Coles
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Migration update: New events page!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy yesterday. 5 Replies

Hi everyone,Check this out!!  Below are images of the new, improved Events Page we're working on for the site migration.  What you see here are:what it will look like when you click on the events tab…Continue

Tags: platform, update, migration, events, Discourse

Migration update: forum categories and subcategories

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Coles on Thursday. 11 Replies

Hi again :)As part of our migration we are working out some improvements on the organization of our forum.  You may remember that on the new site we will be using a platform called Discourse to host…Continue

Tags: platform, update, migration, forum, Discourse

Answers from Gary Scheiner

Started this discussion. Last reply by rgcainmd Feb 21. 1 Reply

Here are Gary's answers to the questions he did not have time to answer in his last live interview with us, on February 4th.  Enjoy!!  And please join us for our next visit with Gary, on April 1st…Continue

Tags: Type 1 University, education, T1U, Integrated Diabetes Services, IDS

 

Emily Coles

DHF Head of Communities

Hi TuDiabetes community. I'm the Diabetes Hands Foundation Head of Communities, and here's a bit about me:

I'm originally from Pennsylvania, but have lived in San Francisco since 1996, and consider it home now.

I was diagnosed with type I diabetes in 1978, when there was no structured way for people with diabetes to connect. My parents tracked down another family with a diabetic child my age, and every few months we would drive 2 hours to visit them so that I could have a "peer". And do you know what? I did not like that kid AT ALL. But she was my entire diabetic peer group up until I went to college, so there we were.

Look how different it is to have diabetes now! Bye-bye, rotten kid. Now I've got thousands of potential diabetic friends to share with, all right here.

In college I studied biology and considered going into medicine, but opted for "life experience" before making such a commitment. In 1996 I moved to San Francisco and made my way into public health, by way of much volunteering and networking. At the time there was strong focus on HIV/AIDS-related work in SF, and I became a research assistant in the SF AIDS Office within the Public Health Department. Soon thereafter I decided to go back to school for epidemiology in order to progress into a career studying infectious disease, which I did in 2000, at Stanford University.

Epidemiology turned out not to be quite the right fit for me. I got the degree, but the actual work was too solitary. Lots of numerical data, not much human interaction.

... So of course the logical next step was to become a ballroom dance teacher. ALL human interaction! I worked for a dance studio from 2005 to 2008, and then for myself from 2008 to the present. I love it, and I still teach, perform and compete in ballroom dance to this day.

All through this story I still had diabetes, of course, and it has always been a main theme in my life, even as I've tried to focus my attention elsewhere. In 2010 I decided to go ahead and DO something with it. That decision eventually led me to Diabetes Hands Foundation, and I could not be more thrilled that it did! My position here combines perfectly my passion for public health and advocacy, my love of personal human contact, and my long- and hard-earned knowledge of diabetes.

Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
me
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Community, information, friends with experiences similar to some of mine.
Date diagnosed
March 15, 1978
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
7.1, June 2014
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
Animas Ping

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Queens and Kings of Carb Counting Share Their Secrets

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

From the Integrated Diabetes services Blog

The results are in. Apparently, there is universal interest in the topic, because we received hundreds of entries in our carb counting contest from people as far away as Eastern Europe and Australia. We all think we’re “experts” after years of label reading and WAG counting, but our three winners really showed their expertise and scored high…

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I just need a witness

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 1:30pm 13 Comments

I awoke at 7am this morning with a BG of 433.  Did a pretty conservative injection.  Awoke at 9am with a BG of 25.

I'm fine, physically and emotionally.  I just needed to share that with some folks who understand what kind of start to the day that is.

Thanks and big hugs, y'all

THANK YOU, from the team at Diabetes Hands Foundation

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 11:15am 3 Comments

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As the year comes to a close, and our families come together for a merry good time near the warmth of the fire, our attention turns to those who have made our progress possible. In the spirit of the holidays and sending virtual hugs, we want to say sincerely, thank you.

Thank you for supporting the work we do.

Thank you for participating.

Thank you for showing up when it counts.

Thank you for sharing our mission.

Thank you for being open…

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Thanksgiving: A few tips for PWD

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

By guest writer Jonathan Jarashow, Publisher of Walgreens Diabetes & You magazine

(Jonathan@hcrimson.com)

 

During my two decades as the publisher of Walgreens Diabetes & You and walgreensdiabetes.com, I published a large collection of articles about the holidays. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be a…

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At 12:37am on February 28, 2015, SEAGATOR said…

I was stunned when I heard Manny was leaving, He has dine great work, I was so pleased U got to meet him. You worked so closely with him I hope you ar not leaving. I have a lot on my plate. Latest being bone cancer, Si fae so good. First bill was $7359, I am doing the WE:COMES. L will be 899 in May. Any more dance wins? Take care, HUGS.Reed

At 3:05pm on February 24, 2015, shoshana27 said…

THANK YOU, EMILY, FOR BEING ONE OF US.
WE ALL LOVE YOU.
HUGS

At 8:59am on January 1, 2015, LorraineK said…

Hi Emily, Happy New Year!
Ran across an article that may be something the advocacy group would want to keep in mind as we move into a new year. It puts our minds around a new way of providing and paying for healthcare. For your gee whiz:
http://time.com/3643841/medicine-gets-personal

At 5:59am on December 20, 2014, lotsofshots said…

Dear Emily, Merry Christmas. I can't believe it is here. I need help! My profile picture won't change. I want to put myself back on but it won't go in and keeps giving me an error message. In addition all my pictures behave that way, but only for changing profile, nowhere else. How are things? Ellen

At 5:52am on December 10, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Hello Emily. Look at MY PAGE see where the photos should be that phrase is there. Marie's says the same thing. Is it an easy fix? Hope all is well with you. HUGS,Reed

At 11:54am on November 24, 2014, dstrick1 said…

Emily are you online right now?

At 8:47pm on November 3, 2014, Linda G said…

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From morning till night
May your SPECIAL DAY be bright

And nicer than ever before!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR EMILY....you rock!!
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At 9:10am on November 3, 2014, curlysarah said…

Wishing you the Happiest Birthday EVER. I am honored to say you are my friend as we fight this battle together. Love ya Em!

Sarah

At 9:07am on November 3, 2014, Lloyd said…

Happy Birthday! I hope you have fun on your well earned vacation.

-Lloyd

At 9:02am on November 3, 2014, Marie B said…

Emily! I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday! I hope ya'all are having a perfect day. take pictures please. I am very very happy to call you my friend. all the best, love ya,

marie

 
 
 

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Diabetes Hands Foundation Team

DHF TEAM

Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)


Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)

DHF VOLUNTEERS


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Administrators

Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)

 

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