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What are you doing for World Diabetes Day?!

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Here comes World Diabetes Day!!World Diabetes Day (WDD) is an annual campaign created by the …Continue

Tags: International Diabetes Federation, IDF, World Diabetes Day, WDD

BBT How-To Video

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Some of the staff at Diabetes Hands Foundation explain how easy it is to do a Big Blue Test in this video. After you watch it, share the video […Continue

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Do you wear a medical ID?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mimikins yesterday. 33 Replies

When I was a kid I wore a medical ID bracelet, and then at some point I stopped.  I don't think it was a conscious decision, but I lost track of the bracelet and just didn't think about it for years.…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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Master Chats: Sick Day Plan, Metabolism at TuDiabetes homepage

October 29, 2014 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
3:30pm PT (5:30pm CT, 6:30pm ET)What time is this where you are?How to watch this live event3:30 PT Heather Kanastab presents Sick Day PlanHeather studied Nutrition and Dietetics at Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Diabetes Education and Management at Teachers College, Columbia University. She…See More
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Virtual discussion between the diabetes community and FDA at online

November 3, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm
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Live interview: Joshua Levy "Map to a Cure for Type 1 Diabtes" at TuDiabetes homepage

November 11, 2014 from 1pm to 2pm
1pm PT (4pm ET, 9pm GMT)What time is this where you are?How to watch this live event Joshua Levy is a Bay Area native who works as a software engineer.  His daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 18 months, and is now 13 years old.  Joshua has been blogging for many years about potential cures for T1D, at …See More
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Physical Activity and Diabetes Management; brought to us by ADA and CDC at TuDiabetes homepage

November 13, 2014 from 10am to 11pm
10am PT (1pm ET, 7pm GMT)What time is this where you are?How to watch this live eventThis event was organized in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Dr. Ronny A. Bell, PhD is Professor of Public Health Sciences (Department of Epidemiology and Prevention) at…See More
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Mimikins replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Do you wear a medical ID?'
"I wear a medical ID bracelet all the time. I also have an "I have diabetes. I am not intoxicated. If I am unconscious or acting strange, do this... (with instructions for calling 911 and administering hypoglycemia treatment)" in the…"
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Brian (bsc) commented on Emily Coles's event 'Virtual discussion between the diabetes community and FDA'
"There is a "feature" in ning that messes up time zones, I'm sorry the calendar invite is messed up. I posted additional information on this event in the discussion forum."
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"FYI - the iCal(.ics) file above has the wrong time."
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Seth replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Do you wear a medical ID?'
"I had Dog Tags and recently went with a RoadID. I never take it off. I have multiple bands but stick with the red one. Name, Type 1 Diabetic, 3 Contacts, Insulin Pump & CGMS. Plus I added the Medical badge. People really dig it."
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Emily Coles commented on Jennifer's blog post 'Our Second Diabetes Diagnosis'
"Oh boy, Jennifer.  It's hard to imagine what your family is experiencing right now.  Seems like Brennan is a lucky boy, though, to have such knowledge and support around his diabetes right from the start.  How old is…"
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Kate replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Do you wear a medical ID?'
"That's awful. I've learned over the years (dealing with my Mom's and my health issues) that just because medical personnel work in the field of medicine, they don't necessarily know as much as the layperson sometimes about…"
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T2 Dance Crew™ Video Of The Week - Janette Manrara

Posted by  in the Big Blue Test Blog on Tuesday October 28th, 2014So You Think You Can Dance Alum Janette Manrara’s Latin Dance RoutineSo You Think You Can Dance alum Janette Manrara says, “Dancing has always been an important part of my life and…See More
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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 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! :-)

At 10:22am on August 26, 2014, J-Andrew said…

nope, maybe 5 guys tomorrow, debating on going down to Mcdonald to Honor Pup

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!

 
 
 

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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

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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