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  1. Melissa Shannon
    Melissa Shannon March 17, 2014 at 11:57 am | | Reply

    Great Irish name, Shane O’Donnell, and very insightful post!

    I’ve worked in a very low income area, in Canada, for many years as a diabetes nurse educator for clients with type 2 diabetes. I’m happy to hear of your research on the social living conditions that impact the development of this disease. I personally believe socioeconomics status plays a big part i.e. determining food choice etc.

    And I agree us type one’s sometimes do perpetuate misconceptions about type 2 diabetes by saying things like, “no I have type one, not type 2 ,which is caused by over eating etc”. I know prior to becoming a CDE I’d say this as a youth.

  2. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell March 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm | | Reply

    Go raibh maith agat Shane for an excellent article. I graduated from UCD Belfield a few years ago (1980s). It’s great that you’ve been able to turn your connection with diabetes into a very useful field of study. I agree 100% with how ‘our’ (T1) outrage at being told we eat too much etc., often turns into a continuation of stereotypes that help neither T1s nor T2s. I hope your research is very fruitful.

  3. Grainne flynn
    Grainne flynn March 19, 2014 at 3:05 am | | Reply

    Well done, Shane. I’m very glad to hear that we have an idf leader in Ireland. Keep up the good work.

  4. Dominic O kennedy
    Dominic O kennedy March 31, 2014 at 4:03 pm | | Reply

    Great article Shane!
    Its great that you are helping others with diabetes and encouraging and advocating for better access to pump therapy. I really enjoyed your story about the teacher and getting out of competitive sports.
    You are a positive person who certainly has not let diabetes get in your way!
    Good luck with PHD

  5. Geraldine
    Geraldine April 1, 2014 at 10:25 am | | Reply

    Great writing Shane,
    I hope you will continue to advocate for pump therapy. You look wonderful and have been very positive throughout the years. Good luck with the final part of your Doctorate.

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