Here’s Another We Can Do This Collaboration: Diabetes and Mental Health

Hopefully you watched the “We Can Do This” video featuring people living with diabetes and celiac. As powerful as individual stories are, I think there’s something particularly meaningful from a group effort supporting a single narrative (such as “if we can do this, you can do this”). To that end, here’s another entry in the We Can Do This series. This time we’re talking about diabetes and mental health.

Depression is one of the big issues that people (we) are either afraid to talk about, or choose to ignore until it’s too late. I know that there are plenty of resources out there for people struggling with their diabetes and mental health, but rather than pretend to understand what depression and diabetes can feel like first-hand, I think it’s best to let the video speak for itself rather than speak out of turn.

If you would like to contribute to the You Can Do This Project with a guest post discussion how your life with diabetes impacts your mental health, sharing your story could mean the world to someone else who is dealing with the exact same situation.

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Celiac Awareness Month

In my opinion, I don’t do enough championing of the You Can Do This Project. I need to be better about that. Especially as a member of the advisory board.

If you’ve ever considered submitting a video, I highly recommend going through with it. If you think you have a story that’s been told before, that doesn’t matter. Everyone has a story with sharing, and every story deserves to be told. Your contribution to the project might be someone’s tipping point to starting down the path to better (however they define it). I don’t mean to be hyperbolic about all of this, but these videos have the potential to be that meaningful.

To that end, here’s the latest collaboration, covering people with diabetes living with celiac. You should watch it.

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This And That

Seems like a lot has happened over the past week that I didn’t really get a chance to comment on for one reason or another. Now’s as good a time as any to bundle all of those notes into one post, right? Right.

Get authentic patient voices in the room. To lead change in health care, organizations must get in the room the voices of real patients – people whose lives are touched by our products and services. “What It Really Takes to Listen to Patients” – Harvard Business Review

Then there’s this:

And this:

This came from yesterday’s “Design for Health” class at Stanford.

And to balance out the serious…


Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to prepare for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Dayle got us tickets smack dab in the middle of the theater. She’s the best.

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“I wish I could press pause on life right now. This is so awesome.” -Kim Vlasnik, founder of the You Can Do This Project and awesome person. I’ll recap booth events next week but trust when I say that “awesome” doesn’t begin to describe the past week.

WordPress. Just one more thing Droid Does.

For Your Consideration

I’m closing in on the date of my local Tour de Cure and I still have a ways to go on my fundraising effort. If you can chip in, even just $10, I appreciate your consideration. And who had the bright idea to sign up for 50 miles? Really?

Secondly, the You Can Do This Project is up for a micro-grant from the Diabetes Hands Foundation. Kim has all the details on her blog. Go read her post and be sure to check out the other nominees. There are some fantastic ideas there and it’ll be exciting to see what comes of all of this. Obviously I’m especially invested in YCDT but I wouldn’t be part of the Advisory Team if I didn’t believe in the project and the power of “You Are Not Alone”-ness.

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