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Posted: Aug 27, 2009 10:59
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  • Lemonade from Lemons: Anyone Can Make a Difference

    Earlier this summer I had the good fortune to be a presenter at a conference on the use of Social Media in medical marketing and education.    Two of the most interesting folks presenting there were bloggers from the diabetes community, Kerri Morrone Sparling of sixuntilme.com and Manny Hernandez of tudiabetes.com .  What really struck me was how they both took a challenging chronic condition, Type1 Diabetes, and turned it into a platform for health advocacy.   

    As a result both have become leaders for progress in this field, challenging both technological progress and social sterotypes.    They're not only well-spoken, they're funny and fun.    They have a rich social life as a result.    While I went to my hotel room to answer e-mail and Skype my family, they went out to a hip restaurant with a group of online friends from Philadelphia.    They were all meeting face to face for the first time but had bonded based on mutual support and advocacy.

    Since studies have shown that people dealing with a chronic condition like diabetes can become isolated, I think there's a lot to learn from Kerri and Manny. Anyone with a diabetes (or any chronic condition) can enrich their network, although it can take some work at first.

    Here are a few of their insights:

    The Big Picture: http://www.diabetes1.org/Multimedia/Vlog_Kerri_Sparling_Just_because_you_cant_see_it

    On Advocacy:   http://www.diabetes1.org/Multimedia/Vlog_Kerri_Sparling_on_Advocacy_for_Diabetes

    On Why People with Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes share common goals: http://www.diabetes1.org/Multimedia/Vlog_Manny_Hernandez_on_Type_I_and_II_Diabetes

    Next Post - Great insights from an emerging blog voice (Kerri & Manny, here comes GK...!)

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Aug, 27, 2009 16:41 PM

    You are so lucky to have met them both Chris.  I only correspond with them from time to time - but they are such a hoot even tho' it's only via the written form of "meeting up".  Along with reading great Kerri's blog - Six Until Me and being a member at Tudiabetes - yes - we are not alone in battling the Big D!

    I know for myself, since going onto the insulin pump and discovering some of the great communities out there for diabetics and even people who want to learn more about diabetes even if they don't have it themselves - that I feel so much less alone then I used to. 

    I have never hidden the fact that I'm a diabetic from anyone - employers, friends, total stranger on the street (that's another story).  It's what I am - and if someone wonders why I'm testing my blood - or pulling out my pen needle - I am always glad to answer their questions.  The places that I have been asked about my diabetes astounds me sometimes - if I was in a circle of other diabetics - and I'm sure they would share similar stories.

    And yes, diabetes can be a challenge at time - but heck if I'm going to let it stop me from doing anything I want.  The things I've been told over the years of "you are a diabetic - you can't do that" - have made me more determined to go and grab that bull by the horns (note - wear protective gloves and headgear - actually wear a plate of armour).  I feel like Billy Graham here - thumping you on the forehead and saying "YOU ARE HEALED" - well - I'm not - but I'm living a full life and making each day the best it can be.

    Thanks for the great post Chris!

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