The mission of DSMA (Diabetes Social Media Advocacy) is to promote social networking in all its forms (Facebook, twitter, YouTube, etc) in order to educate and support all people affected by diabetes. The diabetes online community the opportunity to share and understand the challenges of physical, mental and emotional needs of this chronic condition.

In an effort to share the mission of DSMA with the community, we decided to host DSMA Live, a radio program to reach people affected by diabetes, not only in America, but around the world.

Listen Now on Blog Talk Radio,  every other Monday at 9:00 pm EST.


The Voices of DSMA Live

Cherise Shockley

Cherise Shockley is an army wife and mother who was diagnosed with latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) in 2004. LADA is an often-misdiagnosed form of type 1 diabetes, sometimes called type 1.5, that doesn’t develop until a person reaches adulthood. A LADA diagnosis is difficult to classify and the countless doctor visits leave many feeling confused, frustrated, and alone. She shared this sentiment, but quickly channeled her frustration into motivation to begin a campaign to educate people on this lesser known, but just as serious and complex, form of the disease.

Cherise is the creator of  Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (#DSMA) chat and DSMA Live (blog talk radio show). DSMA Live and #DSMA centers around a weekly discussion on topics such as living with diabetes, advocacy, food, and much more.  She has used her voice to not only create awareness of the disease, but also give other people with diabetes a sense of community and a channel through which to be heard, and a way to heal and cope.

She is the face behind the diabetes blog Sweeter Cherise, twitter @diabetessocmed and @SweeterCherise and the moderator of the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (#dsma) twitter chat and DSMA Live.  She resides in the the Indiana.


George Simmons

George Simmons is a father of two and husband who has been living with type 1 diabetes for over20 years. George began blogging a way to meet other people with diabetes and to share his story in hopes that it would help others feel less alone.

His personal blog called “Ninjabetic“ serves as a place for George to express his frustrations, triumphs, and failures.

In June 2006, George began insulin pump therapy which has helped lower his A1C and now he also uses a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor to better his overall management of his diabetes. He frequently uses his sense of humor as a tool to help not only himself but others through the mental struggle and strain that diabetes can create. Always known to wear his heart on his sleeve, this native Southern Californian loves to listen as much as he loves to talk. Being a “shoulder to lean on” for family and friends is one of the things that brings him joy.

Besides co-hosting DSMA Live, George is also a forum administrator at Diabetes Care Club, public speaker on the health benefits of social media, and a songwriter/musician.




Scott K. Johnson

Scott K. Johnson

Scott K. Johnson has lived with type 1 diabetes since April of 1980.

Scott has been active in the diabetes online community since late 2004.  He has his fingers in many different diabetes related projects, and continues to publish often on his personal diabetes blog, scottsdiabetes.com.

He’ll be the first to tell you that he can no longer keep up with all of the great people and stories in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), but he’ll also tell you that’s a great problem to have.

Scott jumped at the chance to join such a talented team to co-host DSMA Live, and enjoys every moment of working with George and Cherise, on air and off.

Scott lives with his wife and two kids in the Minneapolis, MN area.  He uses an insulin pump and continuous glucose meter to help him manage his blood sugars, and is always searching for ways to do better.


DSMA Live is provided by Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF).

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