Monday, January 31, 2011

Transformers

Along with most adolescent (minded) boys, I sit dazzled in technicolor awe as a bumble bee yellow Camaro transforms into a gigantic robot on the movie screen. Alien robots are cool. They can smash humvees underfoot or fire a barrage of missiles to exact maximum collateral damage - high drama, in my view.

Yet...

I've seen even more dramatic changes in real life because of diabetes.

I've met stay-at-home moms, scared of public speaking transform into the most passionate leaders for diabetes advocacy. One has led committees filled with CEOs and industry titans and another has delivered riveting testimony on Capitol Hill.

I've seen a 15 year old girl transform from someone just struggling to get by managing her own diabetes into a web-fundraising wunderkind.

I've seen a dynamic young woman transform her budding writing talent and experiences with type-1 diabetes into one of the most followed blogs on the internet.

I've seen my little baby girl transform into a healthy, active teenager -- thanks to continual improvements in diabetes care and treatment.

Having an insulin pump or continuous blood glucose monitor attached on you technically makes you a cyborg-- not as cool as an alien robot. But in my view it's actually cooler.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Online Learning


Cassie's a jock. She plays field hockey, runs, swims and has a nice, natural golf swing. This is a good thing because exercise can be a great way to not only keep in shape, but it's a great way to maintain good diabetes control. How cool would it be to have an expert diabetes educator to help you figure out the best way to manage blood sugars during physical exertion?

Well, I was excited to learn that Gary Scheiner , a Certified Diabetes Educator, Masters-level Exercise Physiologist and person with type-1 diabetes, launched the Type 1 University website as we came into the new year. Along with Karen Franey who is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Gary has posted a series of online courses designed to provide "higher education" to people using intensive insulin therapy (pumps or multiple daily injections). The online school is for people with diabetes who use insulin, and gives good guidance to parents and caregivers. Each 40-60 minute course is available live (via webex) or in pre-recorded format, accessible on any computer system or mobile device with internet access.

Viva diabetes knowledge! Viva la internet!