Reminder: What This is All About

I was at a diabetes retreat for young adults, the first time I have really been able to interact with people close to my own age. No one knows it but due to issues in my life I was very close to taking WAY more insulin than I should have and being around those people was the only thing that kept me from doing it.

- Submitted to My Diabetes Secret

Don’t ever discount the power of “me too”. It’s a powerful, sometimes life-saving feeling. While it may be a bit hyperbolic to say that all of these diabetes blogs are saving lives every day, we’re certainly helping fight the good fight.

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I wrote this last night so I wouldn’t forget about it, but this deserves more than 140 characters, so here we are.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m starting to explore the diabetes community on Reddit because I want to understand how that corner of the Internet functions. For the most part I have a solid understanding of how each social platform can benefit a person with diabetes looking to connect with peers, share their story, and ultimately remember that they aren’t alone. I realize in doing this I will have dabbled in a number of areas, some more successful than others, but without coming to any grand conclusions about all of the time I’ve spent (wasted) talking about diabetes on the Internet.

But what if we could hand a newly diagnosed person with diabetes a little flyer that mapped out every place they could connect with other people with diabetes based on interest and Internet tendencies? Do you like long form text and aren’t afraid of terms like CSS and widget layout? WordPress or Blogger might be for you. Do you prefer to express yourself in quick bursts and like to follow lots of conversations at once? Try Twitter.

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What’s a Reddit?

I want to figure out what the deal is with the /r/diabetes community on Reddit. Actually, I want to figure out Reddit, then figure out the diabetes community over there.

Over the past few years we have seen the diabetes community grow and flourish. Between all the blogs, the tweets, the shares, the views, the comments, and whatever else you want to include, there’s a lot of us out there. The fun part about all of this growth comes when we can combine our powers for a greater good and use our social voice to make a difference – see Strip Safely. Speaking of, have you written to your representative about Medical Device Data Systems yet?

My point is, there’s no shortage of diabetes in the social web.

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Just Talking with Dr. Mike Sevilla

Dr. Mike Sevilla returns to the podcast to discuss the growth of social media use among the physician community, how he helps his peers see the benefits of social media, and the prospects of an engaged physician community among health care conversations online. We also talk about the value of disconnecting from the Internet from time to time and Dr. Sevilla’s anticipation. Enjoy!

You can also follow Dr. Sevilla on Twitter @drmikesevilla, and

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Here’s The Conference Schedule for Medicine X 2014

If you’re reading this, then you 1. know that Medicine X is a big deal to me and 2. you likely have some connection to diabetes.

To that first point, the full conference schedule for this year’s Medicine X has been finalized and published. You can find it here. This year I’ll be moderating the opening panel (again) and serving as a moderator for a breakout session too. Naturally there will be a lot of tweets during the weekend and a number of blog posts leading up to the conference, but there’s plenty of time for that.

To the second point, the diabetes community will be well represented throughout the weekend. Dana Lewis will be talking about the digital divide among patients and the DIYPS. Scott Strange will be on three different panels discussing mental health and chronic disease patients. And Kim Vlasnik will be giving an ePatient Ignite Talk on the main stage.

And if you’re up for a little bonus, there’s even a breakout session talking about #dsma twitter chats.

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About That #dstigma Chat

Sunday evening I moderated a Twitter chat for Johnson & Johnson around diabetes stigmas. Prior to the in-person event, they had asked a number of people in the diabetes community to share stigmas they have experienced or encountered. From there, the objective was to share stigmas with the broader online community and hopefully learn how to deal with the blame, shame, and anger.

Along with stigmas, I think complications is the only other topic that has to be carefully approached in a public forum. It’s easy to lash out at the uninformed, especially on a platform like Twitter, so there was particular care taken with the questions and prompts I posted throughout the night. The objective was to have people open up without feeling exploited or embarrassed.

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