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#DiabeticWomenProblems

Session 1 Title: Women and DiabetesSession 1 Date: Thursday, July 11, 2013Session 1 Time: 10:45 amSession 1 Speaker: Brandy Barnes, Founder of DiabetesSistersSession 2 Title: Young Women’s DiscussionSession 2 Date: Friday, July 12, 2013Session 2 Time: 9:00 amSession 2 Speaker: Dr. Barbara AndersonDuring the course of the CWD conference, I attended two sessions focused specifically on women and diabetes. My first session on Thursday morning was titled Women and Diabetes, and the discussion was lead by T1D Brandy Barnes. Brandy is the CEO and founder of DiabetesSisters, a national organization that works to connect and support women with diabetes all over the country. Their website states that “DiabetesSisters offers a range of education and support services to help women of all ages with all types of diabetes live healthier, fuller lives.” They have “pods,” or support groups, in locations all over the country for women to meet up and talk about living with diabetes each day. In her session, Brandy talked about the mission and purpose of DiabetesSisters, as well as identified some of the specific needs and concerns women living with diabetes must deal with each day.The second session I attended was titled Young Women’s Discussion, and it ended...

Making Diabetes Social

Session Title: Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: The Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social MediaSession Date: Wednesday, July 10Session Time: 9:00 amSpeakers: Dr. Korey Hood, Dr. Jeremy Pettus, Dr. Barbara Anderson, Dr. Jill Weissberg-BenchellDid you know that you spend approximately 0.1% of the year with your diabetes team? ZERO POINT ONE percent…that’s close to no time at all! Now while it’s good that you’re out living a healthy, fulfilling life the other 99.9% of your year instead of frequenting the waiting room of your endo’s office, this statistic is still a little unsettling. You live with diabetes 24/7, so how can you possibly be receiving all the support and care you need to manage your diabetes each day with so little in-person help from your doctors?This was the opening argument presented in my first CWD session on Wednesday morning. Sponsored by Partnering for Diabetes Change, the session was titled “Social Media & the Monster Under the Bed: the Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media.” The session was (very fittingly) filmed and live broadcasted to online viewers, and conversation flowed through a panel of four diabetes experts and three prompters who voiced questions tweeted during the session...
It’s midday Tuesday, and I’m sitting on my front porch, back home in New England. I got into Boston at midnight on Sunday, and I spent all of yesterday resting up after a long and busy week in Orlando. The conference ended with a Farewell Breakfast on Sunday morning, though all the sessions were over Friday. I apologize for not keeping up with my blogs—I had every intention to maintain an online diary of sorts during the conference, but time just seemed to slip away from me towards the end of the week. I think I left you with a summary of Thursday’s proceedings…Friday was another awesome day of diabetes activities! I attended three sessions, all of which were extremely informative and interesting:1. Young Women’s Discussion, lead by the lovely Barbara Anderson2. Drugs, Sex, and Rock ‘N Roll by the very cool Korey Hood3. Sports and Pumping: Finding the Right Mix by T1D and athlete Rick PhilbinAfter my last session, I had a few hours of downtime before I attended the Adults with Type 1 Casino Night at 7 o’clock. I’m not much of a gambler—after losing ten bucks in a game of Left Right Center with my family a...
I don’t think I’ve ever run on so little sleep before, nor do I think I’ve ever cared less (which, as a driven, Type A college-age student is saying something). There is so much to do here, so many people to talk to, and so much to learn, and I don’t want to waste a single opportunity or second of my time on something as common as sleep. Thankfully the coffee here is tasty, free, and everywhere, and I have all next week to catch up on some Z’s…I will not, however, have time to take in all the incredible things CWDFFL has to offer me when next Monday rolls around. I have so much to share with my CDN readers and Twitter followers—so many things swirling around in my head right now that I can’t even articulate yet—but I am very, very excited to write about them with the focus and attention they deserve over the next few weeks. Today I attended sessions about Women and Diabetes (lead by Brandy Barnes, founder and CEO of the incredible DiabetesSisters organization), “Time Management: Juggling Priorities and Fitting Diabetes Into Life” ( for the benefit of college students and lead by Dr....
Wow, what a fun and full first day we had at the CWDFFL conference! After a little bit of a sleepless night thanks to three pumps alarming every half hour, Tina, Jo, and I got up early and fit in a quick workout before our first session at 9 am, titled “Social Media & The Monster Under the Bed: the Latest Thinking on Fearing vs. Embracing Social Media.” This was a panel-style question-and-answer session, hosted by Partners for Diabetes Change and lead by panelists Korey Hood, PhD, Jeremy Pettus, MD, Barbara Anderson, PhD, CDE, and Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD. Bennet Dunlap (Your Diabetes May Vary), Adam Brown (Close Concerns), and Kerri Sparling (Six Until Me) also mediated and read questions submitted via Twitter by the virtual audience watching from home. As a blogger myself, I really enjoyed this session: it focused on social media and its role in diabetes patients’ health care. I was fascinated to hear from diabetes specialists and prominent DOC (diabetes online community) bloggers on such a relevant topic, and I left the session inspired by the role social media platforms can play in an individual’s day-to-day diabetes management. I will most definitely be posting a blog in...
Hello from sunny Florida! Jo, Tina, and I are sitting eating lunch at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL for the 2013 Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conference! I’m so happy to be here—it’s absolutely beautiful outside, and I can’t wait for the conference to start! This is my first year at the CWDFFL conference, and I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about the experience: apparently there are all kinds of activity for “First Timers,” as well as events for college-age attendees (like myself) in addition to everything else the conference has to offer. The conference officially begins tomorrow and ends Sunday morning, though we arrived at the resort last night (Monday). After a refreshing trip to the gym this morning, the CDN team will spend the rest of the day prepping for the conference: we have a booth in the exhibit hall, and Tina will be giving a presentation Friday afternoon! I’ll be helping man the CDN booth during the week, but I will also be attending sessions throughout the day on all kinds of topics (which I will be sure to blog about for you all!). The days will be spent between the booth and the...
I just got home from an awesome six days in Florida with my Mom’s side of the family. It was great to see everyone again—now that all the kids are growing up, it’s harder for us to spend time together between everyone’s different schedules. We made the most out of our almost-week together: we hung out at the beach and pool, played a bunch of games, and we even took a cousin trip to IHOP for a dinner of pancakes and waffles that the parents (and my blood sugars) were not too pleased with…. The highlight of the trip was the three days we spent in Orlando going to amusement parks and Disney attractions. On Monday, our whole group went to Magic Kingdom for some good ‘ole fashioned family fun. We spent the next day recovering at the pool before getting dinner at Downtown Disney, and on Wednesday, my uncle took a smaller group of us to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Both days at the park were wonderful, but our second day held something extra for us.I had tweeted on my @DiabeticGirls account on Tuesday night that, as fun as they are, amusement parks always made me a little antsy...
This week’s post is dedicated to all the Dads out there—particularly to the Dads of diabetic kids—and to my own father—thank you for all that you do.To the one man that can always make me smile in a world of needles, bruises, puzzling numbers, and challenges, thank you. Thank you for dropping whatever you’re doing, or getting up at any hour of the night, to help me when I’m low, and thank you for putting up with me when I’m grumpy and high. Thank you for carrying my juice boxes when we go on runs around the neighborhood, and for being the only one in the house who ever thinks to change the lancet in my finger sticker. Thanks for picking me up after four days at diabetes camp when I was 7, even though I’m sure you paid for the whole two weeks… (sorry about that ☺ ). Thanks for taking care of me when I was too little to take care of myself: for checking my blood sugar when you went to bed, for giving me insulin for my meals, and for the piggyback rides when I was too low to keep walking. Thank you for my pump,...

A Working Woman

Last Tuesday, I woke up at 6:15 am to catch the 7:49 train into Boston. 6:15 was significantly earlier than my usual wake-up time, which generally fell somewhere between 10:30 am and noon, but I was too excited to care. I got out of bed after my first alarm went off—no snooze button or anything—and got myself ready pretty quickly. I checked/calibrated/corrected my blood sugar, brushed my teeth, put in my contacts, and did my hair and makeup in a matter of minutes. I slipped into the outfit I had picked out the night before and gathered a few things around my room before making my way downstairs for some breakfast. I ate a hearty meal of oatmeal and a yogurt parfait, and I made myself some tea for the train. I kissed my mother good-bye as she handed me my lunch, and I slid into the passenger’s seat of our Jeep before my Dad drove off down the street. He dropped me off at the train station in town, and before long, I was sitting comfortably in a window seat on the Commuter Rail, watching Massachusetts towns and woods fly by outside my window.I read my book patiently as...
We’re constantly told that a cure is “ten years down the road”, but our friends over at diaTribe have just published a book with the ADA to give us all a bit more insight into the actual timelines related to all of this awesome research: Targeting a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes: How Long Will We Have to Wait? To celebrate publishing Targeting a Cure, diaTribe is giving away 30 eBook copies! You can enter the giveaway here. Targeting a Cure covers the latest research directed toward curing type 1 diabetes, presenting both the challenges and the breakthroughs.Targeting a Cure is written from a patient perspective and is rich in detail on all the most recent developments in the field. With a foreword by Dr. Robert Ratner, Chief Scientific & Medical Officer at the ADA, an introduction by Dr. Aaron Kowalski, VP, Treatment Therapies at JDRF, and a conclusion by Kelly Close, Editor-in-Chief of diaTribe, Targeting a Cure is a thorough resource that reveals where we stand in the search for a cure for type 1 diabetes and where we are headed.diaTribe is a monthly newsletter about diabetes research and products – you can sign up for their monthly newsletter...

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