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TuDiabetes site move update: features that will change

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shadow Dragon yesterday. 80 Replies

Hello TuDiabetes community!As you already read in this announcement, this spring TuDiabetes will be moving…Continue

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Great News from Integrated Diabetes Services

Started this discussion. Last reply by swisschocolate on Tuesday. 5 Replies

Integrated Diabetes Services, founded by Gary Scheiner, CDE, has announced that they have “new and improved“ online…Continue

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

Share your Manny stories!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doris D 7 hours ago. 33 Replies

In light of the recent news that Manny Hernandez, co-founder and President of…Continue

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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.

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Doris D replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Share your Manny stories!!'
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TuDiabetes Live Interview Ginger Vieira: Dealing with Diabetes Burnout

"So enjoyed listening to this video today, my what a source of encouragement Ginger has, what a great attitude !!!!! I am a type 1--7 years now and on the insulin pump and love it!!! I struggle with exercise and lows, I am always trying different…"
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"lol.. :-)"
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"Very possibly!  I think we've posed in front of our favorite quilt in a few places :)"
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Live interview with Christel Marchand Aprigliano, creator of The Diabetes Unconference at TuDiabetes homepage

January 29, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm GMTWhat time is this where you are?How to participate in this event (written instructions)How to participate in this event (video instructions) We'll talk with Christel Marchand Aprigliano, founder of The Diabetes…See More
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Live interview with Christel Marchand Aprigliano, creator of The Diabetes Unconference at TuDiabetes homepage

January 29, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm GMTWhat time is this where you are?How to participate in this event (written instructions)How to participate in this event (video instructions) We'll talk with Christel Marchand Aprigliano, founder of The Diabetes…See More
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Live interview with Dr. Ryan Fiorini, Perle Bioscience at TuDiabetes homepage

February 12, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
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#GBdoc Great Britain Diabetes P@tient Conference at MediCity, Building D6

March 7, 2015 from 10am to 4:30pm
The OpenSpace FormatOpenSpace is a simple way of self-organizing a conference. It relies on participation by people who have a passion for the topics to be discussed. There is no preplanned list of topics, only time slots and a specific meeting areas where interested participants propose topics and pick time slots.OpenSpace has been used…See More
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Live interview with Dr. Jody Stanislaw: "The Naturopathic Approach to Diabetes" at TuDiabetes homepage

January 13, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
This event already occurred.  Enjoy the recording! Dr. Jody Stanislaw earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University - the nation’s premier holistic medical school. She treats today’s most common health issues using natural remedies, with a special interest in helping those, like herself, living with Type 1.Dr. Jody's patients report life-changing…See More
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Live interview with Philip Toleikis, President of Sernova at TuDiabetes homepage

January 9, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
This event already occurred.  Enjoy the recording! Sernova is a clinical-stage company developing products for the treatment of chronic diseases using therapeutic cells transplanted into an implanted medical device to replace missing proteins or hormones. Sernova’s device forms a natural environment promoting the…See More
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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 8:59am on January 1, 2015, Lorraine 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…

♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫
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

At 6:19pm on October 17, 2014, Mike Ratrie said…

Wow, I am honored that you have asked to be my friend!

Cheers!

At 8:09pm on October 16, 2014, meee said…

Hi Emily, Thanks for your friendship! :-)

 
 
 

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Spare A Rose, Save A Child for Valentines Day

Here’s a new way to celebrate Valentines Day: Buy a dozen roses, spare the cost of one (about $5) and donate to IDF’s Life for a Child program. By doing this, you will help children in need of life saving insulin. Those of Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Announces Interim Executive Director as Manny Hernandez, Co-Founder and President, Steps Down

Read the Spanish version of the announcement. BERKELEY, CA: January 15, 2015 – Manny Hernandez, President and Co-Founder of the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF), has announced his decision to step down as President of the organization. “Diabetes Hands Foundation has Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team

DHF TEAM

Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, has type 1)
Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, Editor, 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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