Advisory Team

Karen

Karen was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in December 1979. She is thankful to have seen the progression from urine testing and the exchange diet to finger sticks and insulin pumps. She blogs at Bitter-Sweet and can be found on Twitter as KarenBittrSweet. She shares a house with her wonderful husband, adorable cat and lots and lots of yarn.

 

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Stacey

Stacey

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1981. Working not only in investment banking, but also at educating and advocating for diabetes. A loving wife, twin, aunt, daughter, niece, cousin and friend. Insulin pumping and continuous glucose monitoring helps me live with diabetes as best I can.

Stacey blogs about her life with diabetes at http://portablepancreas.wordpress.com/.

 

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Scott

“I’m a guy living with type 1 diabetes (diagnosed in1980). One of the first five diabetes bloggers, I write about my experiences at “Scott’s Diabetes Journal, part of diabetesdaily.com, and also write a column at dLife.com called “Which Way Is Down.” I’m your average guy living with diabetes. I don’t have it all figured out, and sharing my struggles with diabetes helps by showing people that it’s alright to still be trying to “get it right”, even after 30+ years.”

 

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Lorraine

Lorraine

Lorraine, mother of Colin, Caleb and Lila and active diabetes advocate.
Caleb has been living with type 1 diabetes since January 2007, diagnosed shortly before turning four. Caleb uses the OmniPod Insulin Management System and the DexCom Seven Plus to help manage his diabetes. I support my children by doing what I can to help them achieve their best while leading physically and emotionally healthy childhoods.

Lorraine also blogs about Caleb and managing his diabetes at This Is Caleb.

 

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George

George

George Simmons is a patient blogger and advocate living with type 1 diabetes. His passion to help other people with diabetes is clearly shown on his website Ninjabetic.com where he shares all aspects of his diabetes life. Humor, honesty, compassion, and truth are the main attributes that George calls on to express the struggle and frustration people with diabetes can face. A husband, father, songwriter, musician, writer, and self proclaimed ninja often proclaims, “It takes being a ninja to live successfully with diabetes.”

 

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Renata

Renata

She is the mother of two T1 diabetic children. Her daughter is 17, dxd at 4, and my son is 11, dxd at 9. We are an expat (US) family living in New Zealand and loving every minute of it.

Renata blogs about her family and their lives with diabetes at http://thediabeticduo.com/.

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Mike

Mike was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on December 29, 2008, and congestive heart failure the very next day. Talk about a double whammy for anyone, let alone a 24 year old. Mike is very open about his fight with type 2 diabetes and CHF, and welcomes any opportunity to share his story. He blogs about it at My Diabetic Heart. Mike firmly believes that there is no shame in having diabetes or CHF, and hopes that by sharing his story, he will inspire others to fight on, and live their life to the fullest.

 

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Sarah

I’m Sarah and I blog at www.igtsblog.com. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1988 at the age of 4. Up until 2008, I had no connections with any other diabetics. Now, through the help of places like TuDiabetes, Facebook, and Twitter, I have gained a whole “family” of diabetics. It is my hope that through blogging and other social media gateways like DSMA, I, along with many others, can help raise awareness of diabetes and show what it’s really like to live day in and day out with diabetes.

Sarah designed www.diabetessocmed.com.

 

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Kelly

I’ve lived with Type 1 for 33 years and stem from a long line of T1′s – our family has a CRAZY Diabetes Type 1 DNA Double Helix!
I’m the author/editrix of the blog, Diabetesaliciousness & Diabetes Advocate, (e)Patient and Living with Diabetes Consultant. I work with diabetes patients groups/events; diabetes clinicians and write for several diabetes on-line publications.My greatest weakness(my broken pancreas) has become my greatest strength & passion.I want others to not only feel empowered in their own health, I want them to feel hope.
OH yeah, DSMA ROCKS!

 

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Bennet is the father of four, two of who are type 1. His wife diagnosed the second diabetic on the first day of a Disney Vacation. As Bennet wrote about the diagnosis, “Orlando is famous for theme parks. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the top ranked kid’s hospital in the US. I would rather play in Orlando and Hospital in back home. Actually, I would be happy to skip the hospital totally. Sorry CHOP I really do love you guys but more as an out patient friend, I’m not interested in a moving in kind of relationship.” Bennet makes an effort not to confuse serious and solemn. That is evident on his web sites Your Diabetes May Vary and theBetesNOW.

 

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Kim

Kim Vlasnik was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986, at the age of six. TextingMyPancreas.com is where Kim shares her life with diabetes (and other shenanigans) – the good, the challenging, and the awkward. She also creates cartoons inspired by the commonalities shared by people with diabetes. In 2011, Kim founded the You Can Do This Project (www.youcandothisproject.com) – a growing collection of user-created videos where people touched by diabetes share their stories and struggles. She requently acts as an advisor and consultant when diabetes advocacy and social media mix.

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Kerri

Kerri Morrone Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 24 years, diagnosed just before she started second grade. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.” Author of the diabetes blog, www.SixUntilMe.com, Kerri presents regularly at new media conferences and currently works full-time as a freelance writer and social media consultant. In addition to her work as an advocate, she is a proud mom, Red Sox fan, coffee addict, and a big ol’ Yanni fan.

 

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Kelly R.

Hi, I’m Kelly Rawlings and I’ve served as my own artificial pancreas for 37 years. Thinking of diabetes as just “my” problem made for a tough and sometimes lonely life. Linking into the Diabetes Online Community through DSMA and places such as tudiabetes.com has been a life-changer. Thinking about diabetes as our shared challenge gives me hope, encouragement, support, and a lot of love. Thanks, my DOC friends—and here’s to making many more!

 

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Rachel Baumgartel

Rachel Baumgartel has been living with type 2 diabetes since 2005, shortly before her 29th birthday. You can find her writing at Diabetes Daily, dLife, her personal blog Tales of Rachel , as well as playing Midtern (mid-thirties intern – get it?) at the Chronic Babe forums . Her special interests in diabetes advocacy are acknowledging the importance of mental health in any diabetes care regimen and the importance of keeping fit as a way to combat high blood glucose. When she’s not online or working out, Rachel enjoys watching football, cat photography, and reading.

 

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Sara Knicks

After a series of misdiagnoses lasting over a year, I was finally diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the spring of 2003 at the age of 22. I managed my diabetes with multiple daily injections (MDI) for about a year, and started wearing an insulin pump in January of 2004. I also began wearing a DexCom CGMS in September 2010. Other than a maternal grandmother with Type 2 diabetes, I am the only known diabetic in my family. I am also a conservative Christian, and navigating what it means to be a person of faith and someone living with a chronic condition is a challenge I continue to explore. I blog at MomentsofWonderful.com and also post occasionally as a Featured Contributor at DiabetesDaily.com/Knicks.

 

 

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Beatriz Dominguez

Bea has lived with Type 2 Diabetes since 2001 and was advocating for the cause years before, when she lost her father due to heart complications; it was a matter of letting her loss destroy her or make her a better person. Her life changed when she discovered TuDiabetes.org in 2007 and she now loves being part of the Diabetes Online Community and learning more about her condition and other types; she believes the best way to be self-aware is sharing and helping others. Bea likes to laugh about diabetes and she believes it’s a blessing in disguise. Bea is a born and raised Colombian who lives north of Chicago. She blogs at CrankyPancreas.com.

 

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 Andrea Bradley

Andrea was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on May 1, 1996.
Her brother was diagnosed with type 1 in 2003.  His struggle with diabetes led her to the diabetes online community. She began blogging and advocating for people with diabetes.
When she’s not spending time with her two boys-she’s busy crafting, designing diabetes awareness jewelry,  tweeting, shopping for shoes and drinking way too much Diet Pepsi.

 

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Gary Scheiner  MS, CDE

Gary Scheiner is owner and Clinical Director of Integrated Diabetes Services (www.integrateddiabetes.com), a practice located just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive blood glucose control and advanced education for children and adults.  He and his staff of diabetes educators provide consultations throughout the world via phone and the internet.  Gary also serves as “Dean” of Type-1 University (www.type1university.com), an online school of higher learning for insulin users.

Gary has had Type-1 diabetes for more than 25 years.  He has received several awards for his work in the field of diabetes self-management education.  He has written four books (including “Think Like A Pancreas”) and more than 100 articles on various topics in diabetes care.  He also lectures nationally and internationally for people with diabetes and healthcare professionals.

Gary earned a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Benedictine University.  He received his diabetes training with the Joslin Diabetes Center.  Gary is certified to train on all models of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, and has worn each one personally.  He serves as a Board of Directors Officer for the Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association and the faculty of Children With Diabetes.  He is an active volunteer for the ADA, JDRF and Setebaid Diabetes Camps.

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