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Emily Coles's Discussions

Tell FDA your thoughts on the proposed Nutrition Fact Label (by Aug. 1)

Started this discussion. Last reply by meee 14 hours ago. 13 Replies

A change to the Nutrition Label we are so familiar with and food serving sizes used in labels is currently being considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Commenting on the dockets …Continue

Tags: ADA, food labeling, nutrition labeling, FDA

Consensus Conference on glucose monitoring, patient input needed!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judith in Portland 12 hours ago. 2 Replies

On September 28th there will be a Consensus Conference in DC, in which representatives from (1) government, payers, employers; (2)…Continue

Tags: feedback, FDA, CGM, glucose monitoring, strip safely

Ask Manny!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marie B yesterday. 11 Replies

We're going to test-run a new idea on TuDiabetes:"Ask Manny"  This mini-program will consist of short video clips of our Founder,…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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Trudy replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'What D-issues are most important to YOU?'
"Judith, Kathy, I'm a Type 1 and I also manage on MDI without any tech. The one thing I rely upon for any kind of control is all the strips I need; without them I'd be lost. I'm not having any trouble getting them right now, but the…"
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Kathy replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'What D-issues are most important to YOU?'
"Yes yes yes, dear Judith! I feel there is little support for those of us who try to manage without pumps and cgms."
41 minutes ago
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Live Interview with Dr. Denise Faustman, Director of Immunobiology Massachusetts General Hospital at TuDiabetes homepage

July 24, 2014 from 11am to 12pm
11am PT, 2pm ET, 7pm GMTWhat time is this where you are?How to watch this live eventDenise L. Faustman, MD, PhD, Director of Immunobiology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolDenise Faustman, MD, PhD, is Director of the Immunobiology Laboratory at the Massachusetts…See More
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Live Interview with Dr. Denise Faustman, Director of Immunobiology Massachusetts General Hospital at TuDiabetes homepage

July 24, 2014 from 11am to 12pm
11am PT, 2pm ET, 7pm GMTWhat time is this where you are?How to watch this live eventDenise L. Faustman, MD, PhD, Director of Immunobiology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolDenise Faustman, MD, PhD, is Director of the Immunobiology Laboratory at the Massachusetts…See More
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Brunetta commented on Emily Coles's event 'Live Interview with Dr. Denise Faustman, Director of Immunobiology Massachusetts General Hospital'
"My questions for Dr. Faustman are: (1) Have the trials with BCG that produced a reversal of the "rogue" t-cells in the diabetic mice, ridding them of the need for exogenous insulin, which extended through a regular mouse lifetime, been…"
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karen liked Emily Coles's discussion What D-issues are most important to YOU?
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karen replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'What D-issues are most important to YOU?'
"Done, and thanks for providing the opportunity to "strongly agree" :)"
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Judith in Portland replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Consensus Conference on glucose monitoring, patient input needed!'
"I'm with Terry--Why isn't Manny there or his equivalent?"
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karen liked Emily Coles's discussion Tell FDA your thoughts on the proposed Nutrition Fact Label (by Aug. 1)
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Judith in Portland commented on Emily Coles's event 'Live Interview with Dr. Denise Faustman, Director of Immunobiology Massachusetts General Hospital'
"Oooh Brunetta and Mee--- I love that you have participated and can give us some personal insight!....Blessings"
12 hours ago
Judith in Portland replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'What D-issues are most important to YOU?'
"Most up-to-date technology and test strip availability---YES. But I am "just" a T2 still managing after 7+ years to have a "safe-zone" A1c on diet and exercise only, even as I daily encounter trying to process aging issues like…"
13 hours ago
meee commented on Emily Coles's event 'Live Interview with Dr. Denise Faustman, Director of Immunobiology Massachusetts General Hospital'
"I'm looking forward to this too! I have also donated blood once at Dr. Faustman's lab but I was unfortunately to fatigued to go last time- hopefully I will donate again soon."
13 hours ago
Judith in Portland commented on Emily Coles's event 'Live Interview with Dr. Denise Faustman, Director of Immunobiology Massachusetts General Hospital'
"I have followed her work from afar for sometime. I look forward to having my lo-carb lunch with her tomorrow---Teehee. Well done, Emily. These interview events just keep getting better and better!. Polonsky, for instance, meant a lot to me, as did…"
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Judith in Portland liked Emily Coles's event Live Interview with Dr. Denise Faustman, Director of Immunobiology Massachusetts General Hospital
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meee replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Tell FDA your thoughts on the proposed Nutrition Fact Label (by Aug. 1)'
"Hi Emily, Yes I did :) I hope they will listen!"
14 hours ago
trauts replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Tell FDA your thoughts on the proposed Nutrition Fact Label (by Aug. 1)'
"A couple of thoughts on this: * Added Sugars - while I agree somewhat with Sensorium139 about how we look at carbs, the fact is that drawing attention to added sugars means that it will become more noticeable when companies add extra sugars to their…"
14 hours ago

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, Nov 2012
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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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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Join the Thunderclap!

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

International Diabetes Federation just started a Thunderclap campaign to raise awareness on World Diabetes Day!

 

Thunderclap is a website that allows people to pledge to Tweet or Facebook a message all on the same time day and at the exact same time, in order to achieve the maximum effect. They aim to reach at least 250 supporters at the latest on Nov.14 but the more supporters they get, the more successful the campaign will…

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At 12:41pm on July 21, 2014, Berniedettie said…

This sparkling rose is just awesome

At 6:30pm on July 19, 2014, lotsofshots said…
At 5:01am on June 27, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Emily: thank you so much for the chat yesterday with Chris and Lorraine Stiehl, it was fantastic. Thank you for what you do for our community.

rick

At 10:46am on June 25, 2014, Judith in Portland said…

You did it!!!!!. Thanks, sweetie. Ooodles. Gotta run now, but look forward to hearing just HOW!.....xx000

At 8:01am on June 24, 2014, catlover said…
Hi Emily-Unfortunately, due to other medical problems, other than D, I am unable to continue on the care team. I am also moving in early August to a new home and am quite busy with that. I will show up on TuD whenever I can and welcome new members to this special site. It has been very rewarding being on the care team. Catlover
At 4:00pm on June 23, 2014, Jim Roach said…

Hi Emily, count me in for continued support on the Care Team. Thanks Jim

At 8:12pm on June 18, 2014, grahamo said…

I'll be a frind to anyone who supports Life for a Child like you do, and anyone who likes my socks - smile.
Good to meet you and the team, see you in Boston next year!

At 4:47pm on June 8, 2014, wendy said…

Emily,think we could have Mary back one day soon ? :)

At 2:52pm on June 7, 2014, eulalio rocha said…

I'm insulin dependent type 2 diabetic.at bed time i take 12-units of lantus glargine at bed time, during the course of the day.am-2-units,lunch time 4-units, dinner time 4-units.before breakfast readings ( 85-110 )about one and half later I take a walk for half hour.and my blood pressure runs under 140 over 60-55.seems good how do I GET OFF OF IN SULIN? DIBETIC 2 SINCE 1993

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Diabetes Hands Foundation Team

DHF TEAM

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
(Development Manager, has type 2)

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


DHF VOLUNTEERS


Lead Administrator

Bradford (has type 1)


Administrators

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

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)

Gary (has type 2)

David (dns) (type 2)

 

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