As we wind down the summer months, our diabetes radar has been heating up with all the outstanding posts from around the Diabetes Online Community (DOC). In no particular order, here are the posts that caught our eye during the month of August 2021:
Back to school season arrived and with it, concerns around the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, no matter what education level one may be at. We appreciate all the resources out there, from the JDRF and College Diabetes Network to the American Diabetes Association’s Safe Schools program, with great info to help at any point in the school year.
Hot and humid summer weather has been hitting many of us throughout the United States, and that can impact blood sugars. Advocate and actress Anita Nicole Brown on Instagram has a question for the DOC about their own glucose experiences during these hot stretches of summer… Go check that out and share yours.
The big annual Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) conference took place in mid-August, with thousands of diabetes experts, advocates, and industry folk tuning in for the org’s second all-virtual event. There were hundreds of meaningful presentations, research topics and themes explored. You can revisit the streams of live-tweets using the hashtag #ADCES21.
ICYMI, President Joe Biden talked insulin prices during a recent speech and personal meeting with one of our own diabetes advocates, who even had the opportunity to take control of the White House feed on Twitter briefly during one recent day. DiabetesMine caught up with Colorado advocate and longtime type 1 Gail deVore after that experience speaking with President Biden in the Oval Office, and you can read about her experience here.
You can’t miss the “Art of Flourishing with Diabetes,” written by journalist and blogger Riva Greenberg, who’s lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for more than a half-century. She shares some incredible insight in this Beyond Type 1 interview.
Everything’s better with dogs, right? August 26 marked International Dog Day, and we loved seeing this Instagram photo of beloved diabetes alert dog Wolfie helping her mom out with a low blood sugar!
What’s the most important thing about diabetes advocacy? Renza Scibilia in Australia writes about that issue and how it’s so crucial for event organizers and hosts to bring in people with diabetes who are on the front lines living with this condition. As the mantra goes, “Nothing about us without us.”
Football season has started up once again, so this Diabetics Doing Things podcast episode with former NFL star Kendall Simmons is ever so timely. For those who don’t know his name, Simmons is the first player with T1D to ever win a Super Bowl ring. This is a great podcast touching on many diabetes topics, so be sure to give it a listen!
Have you ever wanted to share your diabetes story, but aren’t sure where to start? Well, you’ll want to check out this great Q&A with longtime D-advocates Scott Johnson and Cherise Shockley who discuss the top three tips for sharing your voice in this diaTribe chat.
On a poignant podcast episode of “The Soul of Diabetes,” advocate Chelcie Rice talks with author Tonya Hegamin about diabetes in the Black community and her D-alert dog named Bobo. You can listen to that episode here.
The Thriveabetes video series by Grainne Flynn in Ireland this month featured a two-part interview with Ken Barclay, who was diagnosed with T1D at 10 years old and is well known in the Dublin Adults with Type 1 Diabetes group, and also in the DIYAPS Do-it-yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems space, where he offers “endless support” to people who want to learn more about it. A big #WeAreNotWaiting thank you to Ken!
We share our favorites every month, and would love to include yours too! Please send along your D-post picks for the month of September to us by email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you.