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New platform to help manage chronic conditions: would this be useful to you?

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I received a message recently from the folks at a new non-profit called TebiaMED, and I thought I'd share them here in case some of…Continue

Tags: reminders, apps, diabetes management, TebiaMED

American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

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American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.Held on…Continue

Tags: Diabetes Risk Test, risk, diabetes alert day, ADA

StripSafely call to action

Started this discussion. Last reply by Manny Hernandez Mar 11. 6 Replies

FDA is looking for comments about their draft glucose meter rules. They have dockets for comments open 'till April 7. Will you help build a wave of DOC …Continue

Tags: meter accuracy, Bennet Dunlap, FDA, StripSafely

 

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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This conference is COMPLETELY FREE to registered ticket holdersWhile there is no known cure for diabetes, that doesn't mean the diagnosis is hopeless. Join us on May 20 at 11am Central Time, when we convene panelists from the medical, blogger and diabetes community worlds to engage in frank and honest discussions about diabetes. Through the magic of GoToWebinar and HD Faces, we'll live stream all of the virtual panels and take questions live from the audience via Twitter and the hashtag…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
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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
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Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
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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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World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 2:00pm 7 Comments

I LOVE this time of year!!  Holidays are coming, my birthday is coming, Big Blue Test is coming, World Diabetes Day is coming...  and so is the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange!  Do you guys know about this?  It's an initiative by Lee Ann Thill, who is a member of TuDiabetes and has her own blog called The Butter…

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At 3:34pm on April 14, 2014, Austin Pereira said…

Thank you so much! I'm happy to have found a great community that can help me understand my Type 1 diabetes better.

At 6:08am on April 9, 2014, muleman said…

So proud to know you Emms!

At 3:07pm on April 3, 2014, rick phillips said…

Emily, look at the picture that 'lots of shots' put on my home page. I have been laughing so hard, it is way funny. To better understand this place. While I worked for the city the ambulance was called out to Indian Heights for a gun shot wound. A woman had a corn on her foot and it was hurting so badly she got all liquored up with Jack Daniels and got a shot gun. She aimed it up with the intent of blowing the corn off her foot. In fact she hit it. and in fact she did remove the corn. She also removed over half her foot. She said upon pulling the trigger and seeing what happened, she yelled,

"Oh S***, I shouldn't done that"

hahahaha the EMTs were laughing so hard they almost did not get her too the ER. This place is just, well, its a different world out there. We supplied ambulance services out there for years, as well as sanitary sewers and overflow fire protection.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Heights,_Indiana

Rick

At 8:49pm on March 23, 2014, Stoner said…

Hi Emily,

Your post on facebook came across my page the other day. You were having the dreaded day of I am sick of dealing with D monster day. We all have those days. Some of us have those days for months, and even years. Who can blame us? It is a 24/7/365 disease that never gives you a break and is completely misunderstood by most of the general public.

But I know you rediscovered your strength. I know that you put on your big girl panties and got on with it. Because that is what we do. We are strong, because we have to be. And you are stronger because you encourage others. And together, while we might not see that cure, we are still fighting for the cure for the generations that will come after us. We have to because #wecannotwait!

I just wanted you to know that I hear girlfriend, and was hoping you day got better.

♡Hugs♡

Trip Stoner

At 4:58pm on March 18, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Am I supposed to ask for a CRUSADER flag for My Page? If so can someone put it on as I am a nerd.

How have you been?

All my cancer worried taken care of. Eyes yesterday no sign of diabetes see me in 6 months. Endo see me in 6 months so guess I am going to live. LOL>

Take care.
HUGS,
Reed

At 5:47pm on February 28, 2014, shoshana27 said…

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR VOTING FOR ME
I WAS SO SHOCKED I CAN'T BELIEVE I GOT 2 AWARDS
WHAT DID I EVER DO TO DESERVE THEM?

At 3:04pm on February 28, 2014, acidrock23 said…

Thanks Emily! I appreciate the opportunity to participate here and like to think I add something to the community!!

At 3:00pm on February 28, 2014, SEAGATOR said…

Thank you so much Emily. I feel honored. I have had a lot of illness relating to the BIG C but I will never let it get me down. Keep on Dancing. HUGS,Reed

At 2:34pm on February 28, 2014, Lloyd said…

Thank You.

-Lloyd

At 12:12am on February 28, 2014, Jag1 said…

Emily apparently this post was considered "hostile" (this isn't it exactly, but is the most recent draft I have). Could you explain how this is "hostile"?

Dave, I don't see an apology here, but maybe I missed it. There certainly would have been less conflict if you had made those changes in your initial post. It also would have helped if you hadn't defended your original post saying it needed no modification, until your post here. If you had posted the following, then I would have endorsed it completely:

"There is much that T1's and T2's have in common with this illness. We face similar health risks and alterations to our lifestyle with the exception of insulin therapy, and even that isn't a bright line separating us. Some T2's that are no longer producing appreciable insulin need to supplement with insulin injections (some would argue that more T2's should manage their diabetes with insulin). And we both face burdens of management, record-keeping, etc."

"Often with disease there are multiple paths to getting there, but once you arrive, the disease is similar. That is how it is with diabetes. T1 or T2, we are brothers and sisters, not cousins. We really need to keep that in mind and act like it, folks."

 
 
 

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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)

Heather Gabel
(Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)

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