Christmas Starts Early

When you’re about to embark on a 3-state tour for the holidays.

Dayle is rejoining the Verizon network on our new family plan.

And I’m going to be reading a lot more. A. Lot.

Reading is fundamental. #christmas

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Just Talking With Parris Lilly

As the end of 2014 approaches, Parris Lilly joins me to talk about the year in super hero movies, Destiny, GamerTag Radio, and being a football dad. There were plenty of other tangents, segues, and one-off mentions as well – at this point, it’s par for the course. Enjoy.

Follow Parris on Twitter @vicious696, and check out gamertagradio.com to catch up on the latest in independent video game podcasting.

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Patient Community Advocate at Symplur

Today marks my first official day as Patient Community Advocate at Symplur. This means I get to look at all kinds of data collected by Symplur’s extensive tools and figure out ways to bring the patient communities into these data-based conversations. This means I get to venture out into the scary world of freelancing with a mighty first step. This means I get to take on new projects that could help impact and shape the future of online disease communities. This means I have a chance to truly contribute to something – to one day look back and say “I built that”.

It also means I get to write blog posts using data provided by their reporting tool, Symplur Signals, like this one about World Diabetes Day and the #wddchat14 hashtag. And I get to create fun animated gifs like this one

Created by me, via symplur.com (linked)

Created by me, via symplur.com (linked)

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Simple

The path to refining and redefining the person and patient advocate I want to be is ever-present. There will always be something I want to change, improve, or tweak – but the challenge now is figuring out how to focus my efforts. With that in mind, I’m considering this the next step in simplifying who I am – online, at least.

Going to keep it simple in 2015.

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It’s not exactly a crowd-pleaser, but it’s the most basic representation of what I’m about. Between this and the unified starting point, my hope is that 2015 will start off in the right direction. Or, I’m too concerned with my “image” and need to stop obsessing about these things.

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Just Talking with Chris Sparling

This week Chris Sparling returns to the podcast to discuss his career as a filmmaker. This includes writing – Sea of Trees and The Atticus Institute will be out next year – the complexities of directing, and the various roles a producer can have on a specific project. Plus, I learn what it scenario best warrants calling M. Night Shyamalan for a consult. Enjoy.

Follow Chris on Twitter @chrissparling, and check out p4dc.com to learn more about the Spare a Rose campaign.

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Just Talking about the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit

This week is all about the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit. After completing its fourth year of gathering a wide range of perspectives to talk about the future of diabetes care, Amy Tenderich, editor in chief of DiabetesMine sets the stage for the rest of the podcast. Also featured are three recipients of scholarships to attend the summit – Neal Ulrich, Rosy Karna, and Cooper Galvin – their takeaways from the day-long summit, and their perspective on including the patient in health care conversations. Enjoy.

Special thanks to all of my guests:

  • Neal Ulrich – nmulrich at stanford dot edu
  • Rosy Karna – rkarna at stanford dot edu
  • Cooper Galvin – coopgalv at stanford dot edu

For more information about the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit, visit diabetesmine.com, check out the presentations from the summit on Slideshare, and see the DiabetesMine Patient Voices 2014 video.

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