Talking to mainstream media about diabetes seems to be one of the biggest mysteries of life, does it not? When a big news story hits, we’re often faced with one perpetuated myth after another. For example, recent headlines screamed that the CDC is now speculating that 1 in 3 people in the US will have diabetes by 2050, but most stories didn’t specify that they meant type 2 diabetes exclusively. Big difference, right? Everyone from…Read more »
How do you explain to a young child with diabetes why her parents are hurting her with finger pricks and insulin injections every day? Hollywood producer Rocky Lang is one dad who struggled with that dilemma. In 2001, his ten-year-old daughter, Nikki, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She handled her diagnosis remarkably well. But then a short time later, Lara, his ex-wife’s daughter from her new marriage, was diagnosed with diabetes at only 18…Read more »
Seeing as how all of my creative mindspace is currently going into selecting bathroom tiles and countertops (oy, remodel madness!), I almost dropped the ball on today’s special holiday: Diabetes Art Day.
This movement is the brainchild of D-blogger and Diabetes Art Therapist Lee Ann Thill. “Diabetes art therapist?!” you say. Yes, indeed. Please review Lee Ann’s recent guest post here about the therapeutic qualities of art expression for people living with the ultra-frustrating and…Read more »
Anyone else feel like keeping up with reading around the diabetes / health communities online is becoming overwhelming? Yup. And that’s a good thing, because it validates that what we’re all doing here is meaningful. Don’t believe me? Just ask CNN’s big-shot medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, who just published a book called The Empowered Patient (nope, I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my list!).
Here’s what I have been reading of late:
Alan Johnson was part of the team at start-up company Gnoso Inc. that won the DiabetesMine Design Challenge in 2008, with an online tool called LogforLife. We’ve stayed in touch, and I’ve asked Alan, who is not diabetic, to share his journey with us here at the ‘Mine: what has he learned along the way, in the process of developing and trying to market a blood glucose record-keeping program? Surprisingly, Alan didn’t talk about advances…Read more »