We find ourselves in another season of Back to School, Folks… always a special challenge for those grappling with diabetes.
This year, families might want to know about developments in the American Diabetes Association’s Safe At School program and the recent news that Lilly Diabetes updated its online offerings for Disney diabetes-themed books including those featuring Coco, the Monkey with Diabetes.
He does professional photography work for Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and for the JDRF New England chapter, as well as the College Diabetes Network where he was a recent intern (after his father Michael joined the CDN’s board earlier in the year). He’s also been creating promotional videos about the healthcare challenges of underserved populations in Africa for an organization called BroadReach Healthcare, which gave him the opportunity for extensive travel in Africa while filming.
In short, Greg’s quite accomplished for a college student, but nevertheless faces his own back to school angst…
A Guest Post by Greg Weintraub
“It is better to have something and not need it, than to need something and not have it.”
I do not remember where I came across this quote, but I do remember that at the time, I was in elementary school. This quote has since become a critical philosophy of my life — helping to assure that people have the fundamentals they need to live well — and I’m confident this mantra will continue to be a central pillar of my life for years to come. It is with this quote in mind that I reflect a lot on my life with diabetes.
I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 13 years. Whether or not I am an now an “expert” is up for debate. But my years of living with it have certainly allowed me to pursue unique projects alongside my academic pursuits.
Right now, I’m pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in global studies. Nearly all of my classes, ranging from graduate level research methods courses to photography as a means of global activism, have allowed me to think about diabetes. To that end, I have worked on a psychological intervention for people with type 1 diabetes in the numerous research methods classes I have taken in college.