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Group content we're taking with us to the new site

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Coles 7 hours ago. 25 Replies

These are the groups whose content is coming with us to the new TuDiabetes site, and will appear in appropriate forum categories.  They were chosen for a variety of reasons, including size of…Continue

Tags: Diabetes Hands Foundation, group, WordPress, Discourse, TuDiabetes

Migration update: final week using this site

Started Apr 14 0 Replies

If you've been keeping track of these updates you probably feel like we've been teetering on the edge of our new platform for ages!!  I know it feels that way to me :)Our new site is due to launch…Continue

Tags: WordPress, Diabetes Hands Foundation, Discourse, DHF, TuDiabetes

Migration update: it begins today!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Coles on Thursday. 8 Replies

WOOHOOO!!!!!  Today is the first official day of the TuDiabetes site migration!!This week we are downloading the content and members from this site so that our developers can port us all over to the…Continue

Tags: DHF, Diabetes Hands Foundation, TuDiabetes, migration

Want to join the migration helper team?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Coles Apr 6. 8 Replies

Hey all,When our new site launches, on April 20th,  I'm going to create a forum discussion where people can post any questions/problems with the site in the thread.  I'd like to create a team of…Continue

Tags: platform, Discourse, migration, TuDiabetes, Diabetes Hands Foundation


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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Emily Coles replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"I have to confess that the Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users group was a simple oversight on my part, and I'm really sorry about it!!  It should have been on the list of groups to port over, but it wasn't, and…"
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Emily Coles replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"Hi Muragaki, The new platform has a really easy way to download you own posts ("download my posts" button on your profile page), but no automated way to download entire conversations, or other people's posts."
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Emily Coles replied to Brian (bsc)'s discussion 'A Peek into What is Coming'
"Peek!!!!  The colors of this image are darker than the real thing.  It's my computer... "
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TuDiabetes Beta-Tester Team

This group is for people who are interested in trying out new diabetes-related smart phone and web-based applications that are in development, and giving feedback to help the developers make them as useful to people with diabetes as possible.  It's a great chance to to let the folks who are working to improve life with diabetes know exactly what we want and need.See More
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Judith in Portland replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"I did the same kind of thing, Richard. Almost all my pix are in my computer Pictures files, but I made a list so I can find them again if I need to. It's going to be interesting, isn't it?.....Blessings..."
Richard157 replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"Thanks for your reply, I fully understand the situation. I took a couple of hours today and saved all the photos that I want to keep, and made notes about each of them."
irrational John replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"My understanding is that even if the Diabetes Photo Museum was migrated, the photos would not be included. Only the text would be migrated. If I'm correct in my interpretation of this, then it's going to be interesting to see what we the…"
Richard157 replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"Emily, I did not see the Diabetes Photo Museum in the list of groups to appear in the new site. It is a very much viewed piece of history. It would be a shame to lose it. I intend to include it in my discussion at FFL, but my audience members will…"
irrational John replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"@JohnG It would help if you would point more directly at the specific omitted groups you are thinking about. One of the problems I have always had with the Ning "groups" is that there are just so bloody frickin' many of them!. It…"
Brian (bsc) replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"I have posted instructions on how to use a tool to download "en masse" group discussions."
Judith in Portland replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"I haven't forgotten, Dearheart Marie. I'm just paranoid. I've had too many things disappear down my own personal Cosmic Crack!.....And what if Mercury is Retrograde??! Oh no--that could be disaster! LOL......xx000"
Marie B replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"There's no reason why someone can't start a topic called something like "Tell us about your Pets" in the "Community" category. I have noticed a loyal handful of members here enjoy sending each other videos of classic…"
Trudy replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"Judith, I agree. I hate to complain so much, but I must say that I will truly miss the Pets and People Group. Without my pets, I simply could not survive this diabetic (and more) life, and that's a fact. One of the unique features of TuD has…"
YogaO liked Emily Coles's discussion Group content we're taking with us to the new site
Marie B replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Group content we're taking with us to the new site'
"blogs are coming with us, and will be in the "Community:Share your stories" category"

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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
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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Blogging on TuDiabetes is changing

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 1:30pm 8 Comments

As we move TuDiabetes to its new home we are changing the way blog posts appear in the community.  In the new design of TuDiabetes we will curate blog posts about life with diabetes from other sources, outside of the TuDiabetes website.  Blogs that are written by members of TuDiabetes who want to post them on the website will go…


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…


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


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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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

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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:

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!

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!


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

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


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,





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Diabetes Hands Foundation 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)


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Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


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