Hello Dear Readers - New and Old,
We are delighted to welcome you to the refreshed and updated DiabetesMine blog here at Healthline.
For those of you who don't know us, we are a patient-led publication and advocacy team that's been around for 10 years.
We're a group of people living with diabetes (we use PWDs for short), just like many of you. We were never satisfied with the “official” information we found online about our illness, so decided to use our collective backgrounds in journalism and communications to create our own news site, by and for patients.
We publish daily, and call this site “a diabetes newspaper with a personal twist.”
We hope you’ll take some time to explore the ‘Mine, founded in early 2005, which features a ton of rich information* on everything from breaking diabetes news to book reviews (with giveaways!), to product reviews, analyses of headlines and research, interviews with luminaries, feature stories on inspiring people and advocacy projects, stories from loved ones of diabetics and accounts of living with diabetes from around the world.
Welcome to a news source and friendly destination that will provide “straight talk” on diabetes you won’t find anywhere else.
Amy Tenderich - Founder & Editor of DiabetesMine.com
Amy Tenderich, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
living in the San Francisco Bay Area with type 1 diabetes since 2003, and now a nationally known patient advocate
Mike Hoskins, Associate Editor
living in Central Indiana, with type 1 since age 5 in 1984 (also the son of a type 1 mom), and a newspaper man with journalism coursing through his veins
Wil Dubois, Columnist & Correspondent
living in New Mexico with type 1 and working at a rural clinic as a community diabetes educator
and our newest addition, Rachel Kerstetter, who recently joined our team as Social Media Assistant - living with type 1 in Ohio, with a day job in industrial PR
*NOTE: All of our previous content going back to 2005 is in the process of being ported over to this new home at Healthline. Some reader comments on posts with a large number of comments will take a bit of extra time to appear. Please bear with us!
First, we'd like to introduce our newest visitors to:
Why You Should Care About the Diabetes Online Community
If you ask most people what’s the hardest thing about living with diabetes, they’ll nearly always say, “the psychological side.” Not in those words, of course. They’ll answer with something familiar like:
“It’s so frustrating – and I never get a break!”
“It’s so hard to keep motivated when I feel like I’m ‘failing’ all the time.”
Or the classic... “None of my family or friends really understands what I’m going through. I feel so isolated!”
For many thousands of PWDs (people with diabetes), having access to a whole new world of connections via the Internet is transforming the experience of being a patient from a horribly isolating one of hopelessness and helplessness to a more positive, social experience that helps them feel understood and empowered!
At this very moment, as you read these words, there are scores of PWDs out there chatting via blogs, Facebook, Twitter and dedicated diabetes communities. They are learning, laughing, and helping each other with practical tips that no doctor who hasn’t walked in our shoes could ever know.
We call it the Diabetes Online Community, or DOC, and for many who’ve discovered it, it is nothing less than a lifeline.
See our DOC resources page to begin your explorations.
You can use the pull-down menus at the top of this page, or click on the links or icons below to be directed to various articles:
For our popular weekly diabetes Q&A column, Ask D'Mine:
For our Book Reviews/Giveaways:
For our Small But Mighty series (on diabetes mom-and-pop businesses):
For our Global Diabetes series:
For Guest Posts:
For our Partner Follies series (voices of partners of PWDs)
For our 411 Information series on diabetes complications:
For our popular Amazing Diabetes Advocates series:
For our Sunday Funnies diabetes comics:
We're always eager to hear any ideas you might have for additional content that's meaningful to patients. So please, let us know!