After Thoughts: Sara Nicastro

On May 25, 2012 by Scott K. Johnson

Sara Flying!

I’m totally going to catch some flack for using this picture, but C’mon….  it is pretty awesome, isn’t it?  I just couldn’t resist.

Huge thanks to Sara for helping us out at the last second.  Our scheduled guest had a very valid excuse (something about a hospital stay) and couldn’t make the show.  Sara responded to our cry for help, and I’m so glad she did!  We had a really fun time talking about a million different things.

Sara is already planning her 10-year diabetes anniversary party, and everyone is invited!  We heard about making new connections through twitter and how she is recruiting new D-folk into the twitter fold everywhere she goes.  Sara talked a bit about some of the fun activities her local JDRF chapter have organized for adults living with type 1.

We spent a lot of time talking about clinical trials, and one study she enrolled for (but didn’t qualify).  It was fascinating to hear about all of the steps involved.  It was also good to talk about clinical studies in general.  JDRF has a Clinical Trials page that you can check out if you’d like to investigate some studies.  There are also companies, such as Corengi, that specialize in helping people find clinical studies (Corengi currently has information on type 2 diabetes only, but I’m told they are working to include type 1 studies too).

Next we talked about the Friends for Life conferences (Sara is a pro!), and it was a great opportunity to share the magic of these conferences with our listeners.

We also covered a lot of ground around depression and diabetes.  It’s a hard thing to talk about, and Sara being so open about her life with depression, and how it relates to diabetes (as well as everything else), is a testament to her desire to help people who are also living with it.  She has graciously offered to be a resource if you need someone to talk to about depression, you can e-mail her at Sara (at) MomentsOfWonderful (dot) com.  Thank you Sara.

We quickly ran out of time, and could have chatted with Sara for the rest of the evening.  It was a great show, and I sure hope you’ll share some of your time with us and check it out.

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