A Brief Journey in Diabetes Advocacy

Last night I gave a presentation to some of Stanford’s Medical students as part of a Design for Health class taught by Medicine X Executive Director Dr. Larry Chu and Dr. Kyra Bobinet. The theme of last night’s class was Design for Wearables, featuring Dr. Matthew Diamond from Misfit Wearables.

The class opened with my 5 minutes of fame, followed by Dr. Diamond’s talk, and ending with a questions and answers session that I moderated.

I think it went well.

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I Wrote About #dayofdiabetes for Symplur

While I continue to update http://dayofdiabetes.tumblr.com with new entries from last week, I invite you to hop on over to Symplur to read a guest post I wrote about the social metrics to come out of last Thursday. They provided me with some very cool graphics, like the one below, and some insightful numbers that helped prop up some of my analysis of what happened.

Image links to guest post on Symplur

Here’s a snippet:

My hope is that of those 2.5 million impressions, at least one of them helped someone new find the motivation to improve their own diabetes management. I hope that at least one of those impressions turned a Twitter lurker, to a thought-leader within the diabetes community. I hope that at least one of those impressions helped someone with a loved one living with diabetes understand what we go through on a daily basis a little bit better.

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Just Talking with Cherise Shockley

I spend the next hour catching up with Cherise Shockley, founder of the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation. We discuss how her life has changed after getting a dog, the unexpected value in having a second grader take a personal finance class, the calculated growth of the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF), and knowing when to establish healthy boundaries. Enjoy!

You can learn more about DCAF diabetescaf.org and be sure to follow Cherise on Twitter @SweeterCherise.


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Always Educating

I like this.

As I continue to mull over ways to improve awareness within the diabetes community, I need to remember these educational moments are an opportunity, not a burden. I shouldn’t walk away from misinformation and ignorance, I should confront it. I shouldn’t be afraid to stand up for what I believe in.

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Camping Preparations

Later this year, for my birthday, Dayle and I are going camping. I said I wanted a new lens for my camera and I wanted to go somewhere where I could really use it. Now we’re going camping somewhere (she hasn’t told me yet), and I get to prepare for things like no cell phone service for 4 days, and keeping food secure so wild animals don’t get to it (or us). If you read snark in that previous sentence, you are mistaken. I’m really excited.

But this also means we have a lot of preparations to make before we become one with nature. First and foremost, we need gear.

After a trip to REI and some best-price shopping on Amazon, I’m happy to report we are on our way.

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More Thoughts on #dayofdiabetes

As I begin to curate and publish Day of Diabetes stories from yesterday, I’m starting to think about larger takeaways beyond the mere presence of tweets over the past 24 hours. I’m trying to keep track of the questions I’m asking, not with the hopes of finding immediate answers, but because I think there’s an extended conversation we can have as a result of your collective participation.

What can be gained by people with diabetes who observed #dayofdiabetes, but did not participate?

What can be said about the people who started sharing their #dayofdiabetes, but could not finish?

Why is sharing this level of detail important?

How can these stories become the foundation of something bigger? What does bigger look like?

Are there other patient communities that could engaged in a similar live-tweeting?

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