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Let's build our new home together!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Terry yesterday. 1 Reply

Help us build a new home!As 2014 winds down I want to take a minute to say "thank you." This year with your support TuDiabetes helped over a million people touched by diabetes worldwide. …Continue

Tags: gift, give, donate, build, fundraising

Help others with diabetes by shopping!

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Sign up for AmazonSmile so that your holiday shopping helps…Continue

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Big changes are coming for TuDiabetes!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emily Coles yesterday. 40 Replies

Last summer we surveyed members of TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes online communities, and gained some GREAT insights! We learned that our members are happy with the information and support they receive…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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Holiday update and party with DHF staff at TuDiabetes homepage

December 18, 2014 from 1pm to 2pm
1pm PT (4pm ET, 9pm GMT)What time is this where you are?How to watch this eventJoin the staff of Diabetes Hands Foundation (parent to TuDiabetes) for a holiday hang-out!!  We'll give you an update on things to come on TuDiabetes in the New Year, answer questions from the community chat about the holidays and generally have a…See More
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Diabetic Jews

For those of us who worry about how to keep shabbes in hospitals, how much or if to fast on fast days, hit the meters with our elbows on shabbes, don't consider calorie king interesting because the only restaurants we might eat at aren't listed.
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The Diabetes UnConference at Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

March 13, 2015 to March 15, 2015
What is an “unconference”? How is The Diabetes UnConference different from other diabetes conferences?Traditional conferences focus on a group of experts or panels to share information with an audience, with a question and answer period at the end. The agenda and tracks are set well in advance. Participants may have to choose between sessions, so that if they attend one presentation, they’ll miss another. There is very limited time to participate in group discussions between participants and…See More
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1pm PT (4pm ET, 9pm GMT)What time is this where you are?How to watch this eventJoin the staff of Diabetes Hands Foundation (parent to TuDiabetes) for a holiday hang-out!!  We'll give you an update on things to come on TuDiabetes in the New Year, answer questions from the community chat about the holidays and generally have a…See More
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Emily Coles replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Big changes are coming for TuDiabetes!!'
"We try to err on the safe side when it comes to language - again, because we have members as young as 13, and parents have different beliefs around child-appropriate language - and hope our members will understand and use other words to express…"
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Emily Coles replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Big changes are coming for TuDiabetes!!'
"Thanks for your enthusiasm, Stoner! There will be kinks at first, but you're absolutely right that once they're ironed out we'll all be dancing with joy!"
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Emily Coles replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Big changes are coming for TuDiabetes!!'
"Oh dear. We definitely want this news to be prominent and easy to find. I'll take another look at that. Thanks for the feedback, Tom!"
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Emily Coles replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Big changes are coming for TuDiabetes!!'
"Dave, we'll have to compare notes as we both learn more about it :)"
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Terry replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Let's build our new home together!'
"I'm happy to support this good cause!"
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Let's build our new home together!

Help us build a new home!As 2014 winds down I want to take a minute to say "thank you." This year with your support TuDiabetes helped over a million people touched by diabetes worldwide. With your gift of support together we will continue helping those facing the daily challenges of…See More
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Let's build our new home together!

Help us build a new home!As 2014 winds down I want to take a minute to say "thank you." This year with your support TuDiabetes helped over a million people touched by diabetes worldwide. With your gift of support together we will continue helping those facing the daily challenges of…See More
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"I know Asha on Facebook. She will give us a very good presentation."
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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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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 8:25am on December 14, 2014, Trudy said…

Hi Emily. I've written a fair amount of poetry on the Poetry Group!, so I wonder if I must quickly put it all on my Microsoft Word. In other words, my question is: will the content of the Groups be saved? Also, will our blogs already written be saved? Thanks.

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

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, Grumpy Cat said…

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

 
 
 

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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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