Knock-knock… Who’s there? YOU. You-Who?
Exactly. Yoo-hoo, PWDs (people with diabetes) and all readers of this blog. If you can forgive this corny opening, please read today’s call for your involvement on several fronts:
1) Want to be a media star? Or at least quoted in a story on “the lack of coordination in health care,
especially for diabetics” in the AARP and More magazines? Journalist and author Shannon Brownlee is working on a story about how our system fails to care for the whole patient, and how the medical left
hand often doesn’t talk to the right. She’s looking for PWDs ages 50-70 to with personal stories to share, i.e. the myth of the “health care team” for treating diabetes, and how you may have suffered for it. btw, Brownlee is author of the new book “Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer.” Find her contact info HERE.
2) Interested in trying a CGM (continuous glucose monitor)? DexCom, makers of the DexCom Seven wireless system, is calling all patients who have not yet tried a CGM — or even an insulin pump — to fill out a marketing survey HERE. They’re looking for opinions from people who have “not yet decided that these technologies are right for them,” ostensibly to understand what makes us patient-types decide to take the plunge (possibly in connection with their new partnership with OmniPod developers – ?) The survey apparently takes about 20 minutes, and for your time, a donation will be made in your name to either the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
3) DiabetesMine.com has proudly been nominated for “Best Medical Weblog” and “Best Patient Blog” on the web over at Medgadget’s famed 2007 Medical Blog Awards. Please take a moment to look over all the cool candidates, and if so inclined, cast your vote for this particular hard-workin’ PWD. Polls are open until Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at midnight (PST). A million thanks!
4) The door is always open to share your stories here. DiabetesMine’s Holy @#$! Amazing Stories category features just that — any kind of eyebrow-lifting tale you wish to share about diagnosis, or life thereafter, living with the Big D. Meanwhile, the Diabetic Partner Follies is the place for partners and loved ones of PWDs to do the same. Please send all inquiries and submissions to me HERE. Images welcome, too, of course.
5) Be well!