Advocacy

Grace, Achieved

Who knows Birdie? Who loves her like I do? Her blog, Aiming for Grace, always offers a combination of the most compelling images and simple words about living with diabetes that stop you in your tracks. It’s the purity of the them that gets you. For example, this recent post about the compulsion to explain ourselves to perfect strangers.
Well, when Birdie marked 20 years of living with Type 1 diabetes in March 2006, she…

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Health 2.0 Made Easy (And What Matters)

While I am busy at the Health 2.0 conference in San Diego today — moderating and learning as much as I can about what the future of healthcare might bring — I have a few related items I wanted to share.
First, in case you’re still uncertain about usefulness of Social Networks, or having trouble explaining them to your boss or your Grandma, have a look at this super-easy lesson from the CommonCraft Show:

See…

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Health 2.0: The Patient Experience

I’m very excited to report that today myself and a bunch of online health experts convene in San Diego, CA, for the “Spring Fling” version of last Fall’s Health 2.0 Conference. As you can see, the focus of this round is “Connecting Consumers & Providers” with a huge emphasis on the user experience (that’s us!!).
Therefore, the organizers have me busy all day long tomorrow. I’ll be running a morning panel on “The User Experience”…

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Grand Rounds, Vol. 4, No. 20: The Health 2.0 Explosion

Happy Super Tuesday! Whether or not you live in one of the 24 states that cast their votes today, you probably agree that healthcare will be one of the major opportunities –- and major challenges -– for the next White House. Now for the first time in history, policy makers are facing a more outspoken, more organized medical and patient constituency than ever, due to the emergence of social media on the Internet, aka Health…

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A Site for Us D-Gals

Speaking of the myriad new social networking sites popping up for us PWDs — like ‘em or not — I just discovered a new place for women with diabetes to “get support, get motivated, and get informed,” not to mention go shopping. It’s called DiabetesSisters.com, founded by Brandy Barnes of Hickory, North Carolina, a 32-year-old mom who’s had Type 1 for 18 years.

In brief, the site offers:

Blogs from women with Type 1 Diabetes,…

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