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Emily Coles's Discussions

Migration update: IMPORTANT DATES

Started this discussion. Last reply by YogaO yesterday. 8 Replies

Hey all,We're in the home stretch of our great migration to a brand new home (see the initial…Continue

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

Migration update: Screen shots of new pages!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Coles 19 hours ago. 16 Replies

Hey all,Check out what our new site will look like!!!  We've put oodles of hours into designing these, using your feedback over time about our current site, best practices common among popular online…Continue

Tags: update, DHF, migration, Diabetes Hands Foundation

Scholarships to diabetes conferences!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian (bsc) Mar 17. 1 Reply

Diabetes Hands Foundation is happy and excited to offer scholarships to diabetes conferences as a part of the Diabetes Advocates program. We…Continue

Tags: Friends For Life, AADE, American Association Of Diabetes Educators, MasterLab, ADA

Migration FAQ

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Coles Mar 20. 5 Replies

Hi all,We've compiled a list of questions that our members have asked about the migration so far to create an FAQ for folks to refer to.  This will be updated as more questions come in.  Please…Continue

Tags: new site, Diabetes Hands Foundation, Discourse, question, FAQ

 

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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April 1, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
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Live interview with Dr. Carla Greenbaum, Director of the T1D biobank at Benaroya Research Institute at TuDiabetes homepage

April 8, 2015 from 11am to 11:30am
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Emily Coles replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Migration update: Screen shots of new pages!!!'
"LOL!  It will definitely take some getting used to, but we're pretty sure that everyone will be pleased with the changes.  I think the new site will actually be a LOT more intuitive to use than our current one, but of course those of…"
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Migration update: IMPORTANT DATES

Hey all,We're in the home stretch of our great migration to a brand new home (see the initial announcement of this move)!!  Starting now, I'll post an update on our progress each week until the new site launches, including important things for you to know and prepare for.  Today's update: Important Dates.April 6:  we will begin the process of downloading the content from the site we're on…See More
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YogaO replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Migration update: IMPORTANT DATES'
"Not to open up a can of worms, but after the migration is completed, will we all be immigrants? [INSERT GROAN] :O"
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acidrock23 replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Migration update: IMPORTANT DATES'
"Thanks for the update! I'm looking forward to seeing how the new site works in action!"
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swisschocolate replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Migration update: IMPORTANT DATES'
"OMG its coming soon! cant wait, this is gonna be awesome!!!"
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irrational John commented on Emily Coles's event 'Live interview with Gary Scheiner, CDE: April Fools' "Fact or Fantasy?"'
"I've been trying to come up with questions before the event, but don't think I have done that well. My questions these days are almost always about CGM's. I seem to spend most of my time trying to find information either about how to…"
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irrational John replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Migration update: IMPORTANT DATES'
"Emily, I'm not quite clear on the timeline for the migration of the user accounts to the new site. Clearly, the intent is that every account created before April 6 will be working on the new site by the April 20'th cutoff, correct? But…"
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Zoe replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Migration update: IMPORTANT DATES'
"Thanks, Emily!"
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Zoe replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Migration update: Screen shots of new pages!!!'
"Got it; thanks, Emily. Everyone else seems excited, but I'm usually anxious when software is upgraded because I know it will be hard to figure out at first and just go to the places I love and post as normal. At least you don't upgrade as…"
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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, 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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Emily Coles's Blog

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…

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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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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

At 3:05pm on February 24, 2015, shoshana27 said…

THANK YOU, EMILY, FOR BEING ONE OF US.
WE ALL LOVE YOU.
HUGS

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:
http://time.com/3643841/medicine-gets-personal

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…

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From morning till night
May your SPECIAL DAY be bright

And nicer than ever before!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR EMILY....you rock!!
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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!

Sarah

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

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

-Lloyd

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,

marie

 
 
 

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Diabetes Hands Foundation Team

DHF 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)

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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