Happy New Year

Now that 2015 has begun, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. Still hard to believe I will have been in California for a full year on the 4th. This time last year I was on the road with two cats and a ring. Look at us now!

In January, I arrived in California. And she said Yes.

I read Kerri’s book in February. It’s quite good. (And I’m in it, too!)

I updated the look of the blog, again, in March. I’m going for professional, yet fun. I think I’ve pulled it off moderately well.

I addressed the great divide that exists within the diabetes community, and is sometimes exacerbated by My Diabetes Secret.

In May, finally, I began the search for a new endocrinologist. Finding someone who would work with me in my pursuit to getting on an insulin pump was key. I think I chose wisely.

June was quite busy. We bought an aquarium. My blog received HONCode certification. And the diabetes community presented at Scientific Sessions.

Stuart Scott’s ESPY speech feels like an appropriate thing to reshare in light of his untimely passing.

I joined the Walking Gallery. And went camping.

Stanford Medicine X happened again, this time with me on the Advisory Board. That was fun.

I started pumping insulin for the first time, ever. And I took my CGM to the Cloud. Technology!

The diabetes community crashed the FDA, which despite how that may sound, is quite awesome.

And I started a collaboration with the folks at Symplur, because data is beautiful.

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Pumping on the Holidays

I realized last night that a number of “firsts” will be crossed off of my diabetes accomplishments during our upcoming travel adventures.

  • First time dealing with TSA and an insulin pump
  • First time estimating pump supplies I will need for an extended trip
  • First time sharing my insulin pump, in person, with my parents
  • First time not worrying (as much) about snacking

It’s curious to feel like my diabetes may be ‘new’ for a moment or two. I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, it is new. Even though I’ve been living with this disease for 12 years, I’ve only been pumping insulin for a couple of months. While I’ve made progress and improvements to my diabetes management since starting on a t:slim, my basal rates and correction factors still need tweaking.

It’s a shame I had to go through everything I did to get that ‘new’ feeling back again. It feels strange to call diabetes ‘exciting’, but that’s what this is: excitement. I’m excited to share my new gadget. I’m excited to see how different this year’s travel will be compared to previous years. I’m excited to have something positive to say about my diabetes.

You can decide which excited gif works best to end this post, but I still default to Kermit.

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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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Professionalism

I recently purchased christopherasnider.com. In this age of digital everything, it felt like a necessary investment. And while it pains me to type this, there is the matter of my brand – whatever that is – to maintain. Now I can create things like christopherasnider.com/blog and have it redirect here. Or I can create christopherasnider.com/podcast and have it redirect to my podcast, Just Talking.

Now I can do things like focus my online efforts to better represent the kind of (digital) person I am, and want to be. This newsletter may help with that, too.

It’s strange to think about what these decisions may mean in the grand scheme of things. But I suppose there’s plenty of time to figure all of this out.

If you’re reading this, then you’re likely aware of everything .com and that newsletter have to offer. But for newcomers to my little slice of the Internet, I feel good about the (digital) introduction I’m providing. It’s professional, or something.

Have a nice weekend.