In The Trenches With Diabetes Dad: Lisa Awards 2019, Powerhouses in Our Diabetes World and One Special Son

by diabetesdad Ten years are a long time. I just cannot believe that ten years have gone by that our sweet Lisa left this world. But she went out with a voice shouting from the mountaintops and it is in the memory of that voice that I keep the promise I gave to my Little Brother (honorary), Mark, that in honor of his wife I

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In The Trenches With Diabetes Dad: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year..School Opens; of Course

Years ago there was a fabulous television commercial for Staples.  The Christmas song is playing (sing along with me), It’s the most wonnnnn-derrrrr-fullll tome of year…..” and of course the camera pulls back to revel parents gleefully shopping for back to school supplies while showing the kids’ dour faces. Click here for the commercial. That time of year…….School’s open…..kids go back…..great, right?  Well not really

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In the Trenches: Diabetes Dad

There certainly is no secret how strongly I feel about the missed diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D). I spend many long hours after work and at lunchtime spreading the word so we can stop the seriousness of kids seeing a medical professional with flu/virus like symptoms and no testing being done–resulting, many times, in disaster. I even created a “town hall” survey to collect

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In the Trenches: Diabetes Dad

I always loved this picture of Kitty.  The microphone was always as symbolic as it was practical describing Kitty because if there was a person with a true voice in the diabetes community; it was Kitty Castellini.  Thousands of hours of broadcasts and tireless efforts in advocating for you, me, and all of us in the diabetes community. You can look around out there and read

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In the Trenches: Diabetes Dad

Yeah, it’s a walk. Or a walkathon. But do you really know? Do we really know? The ultimate ‘grassroots’ event is the walkathon. Created, according to some accounts, by the March of Dimes Organization a million years ago. Walks do not just happen. They are hugely labor intensive. When I landed in South Carolina in June, the JDRF Nation (which I understand to be, like

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In the Trenches: Diabetes Dad

When doing a PSA (or public service announcement), it’s always a fine line to capture all you can in just about 30 seconds.  I have been working on this PSA for months, understanding that the viewer will probably know little or nothing about diabetes.  Redoing, cutting, tweaking, and the entire time realizing that the real message holder is you; the video just reinforces your short

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In the Trenches: Diabetes Dad

There you go!  Saw this story reported by Jordan Davidson who writes for “The Mighty” who states this sign was posted in a restaurant in Watertown, NY called ____________________.  Well, let’s just say there is a pig pen there in the name. This story is so ridiculous that I almost think this was done so we would all write about the restaurant, so I decided not

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In the Trenches: Diabetes Dad

Baby Daddy is a sitcom appearing on The Freedom Network (formerly Disney’s Family Channel). The character of Danny Wheeler is played by Derek Theler, who coincidentally is featured in the June 13 edition of People Magazine. Derek, as well as his sister, both have T1D (To his parents, being in the same boat: give me a call we’ll grab a drink sometime). Pick it up

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