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