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Diabetes By The Numbers: Mike Lawson.

Mike Lawson is easy to talk to. He’s been on the podcast before, in one of his many roles with Diabetes Hands Foundation. Today, Mike still has a number of roles… in addition to a full time job, he’s a board member at T1 International.

And he’s written a book!

Open Up Your Bag is a delightful children’s book that helps familiarize young ones to the everyday tasks that come with living with diabetes. As Mike mentions, it also helps facilitate discussion about life with diabetes between kids and their parents.

If you’re a fan of Mike’s artwork at DHF and elsewhere, you’ll notice it in the new book because he’s the illustrator too! In fact, that image above is me, along with the title of the book. And I love it.

In our conversation, we talk about the book, about Mike’s creativity, and his lifelong love of children’s literature. It’s a terrific chat, and a terrific book.

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Mike Lawson’s new book, Open Up Your Bag, is available via Amazon:
Get your copy of Open Up Your Bag

You can find coloring and activity sheets for Open Up Your Bag by going to Diabetes Doodles:

Diabetes By The Numbers: Daniele Hargenrader.

Daniele Hargenrader is one of the hardest working people I know of in the diabetes community. Both on a personal and a professional level.

She’s a nutritionist, a health coach, a certified professional trainer. She’s an international speaker, and an author too.

Today, Daniele talks about the things that motivated her to lose weight, get fit, and rock her diabetes. She talks about why nutrition is focus number 1. She talks about her book, Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator: How to Use Your Powers of Choice, Self-Love, and Community to Completely Change Your Relationship With Diabetes for the Better. And she talks about her latest project.

Seriously, I don’t know how she does it all, but she does it well.

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Daniele Hargenrader writes blog posts, hosts video chats, teaches online courses, and more through her website:

Daniele mentions using MyFitnessPal to log her food choices:

Want to pick up Daniele’s fantastic book? You can find it on Amazon right here:
Daniele’s Book– Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator

All about podcasts (not mine).

As the headline implies, this post is about podcasts, but not my own. I was actually thrilled and honored to be part of two of them. And the other one hasn’t happened yet, but I am very excited about the idea. Here goes:

Have you heard of the Everybody Talks podcast? From TuDiabetes, the podcast delves into many of the facets of life with diabetes, with really interesting people. I was so happy to join Corinna Cornejo to introduce and recap Emily Coles’ conversation with diabetes nurse, CDE, advocate, and researcher Jane K. Dickinson. Jane has been researching the many words that affect people living with diabetes, and their effects on our psyche and the management of our diabetes. It’s a fascinating discussion, and I encourage you to take some time to listen to it. If you’re a healthcare professional of any kind, you will find this talk a treasure trove of useful information that will help you communicate with diabetes patients better than ever before.
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I really feel like I hit the big time this week, when I was interviewed by Christopher Snider for his Just Talking podcast. The first half of that conversation might be a little difficult to listen to… as the interview went on, my BGs were going lower and lower until I finally had to take a break and treat a 59. I can hear myself really straining for every word there for a bit.

Anyway, it was a terrific hour spent with someone I admire and respect a great deal. We talked about this blog, how I found the Diabetes Online Community, how the idea to give away medals to athletes with diabetes came about, and also my podcast, Diabetes By The Numbers. It’s available right now via iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and at justtalkingpodcast.com.
Or CLICK HERE to listen to the full interview.
Finally, a quick note about a great idea. This is my way of trying to help spread the word about Diabetes Podcast Week, which is coming up in February! Stacey Simms of the Diabetes Connections podcast came up with the idea, and we’ll all be producing podcasts to air during the week of February 1. Even better, each podcaster will be leading the charge in encouraging everyone to join the Partnership for Diabetes Change in supporting the annual Spare A Rose, Save A Child campaign.

I am very much looking forward to participating with the rest of my fellow diabetes podcasters (am I really allowed to say that after 9 episodes?) on this worthy endeavor. Mark your calendars for February 1!
While I’m at it, let me just throw out a reminder that if you have something diabetes-related you’d like to talk about; or, if you know of a good diabetes story that should be told, send me an e-mail by clicking on the E-mail Stephen link in the upper left corner of this page. Talk to you soon!

Diabetes By The Numbers: Dr. Vivian Pao (Part 3)

I’m so grateful to my endocrinologist, Dr. Vivian Pao, for taking the time to speak with me on the complex relationship between a diabetes patient and their endocrinologist.

This is the third and final part of our talk, and in this episode, we talk about the importance of being honest with your endo, and what keeps her up at night.
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Learn more about endocrinologists, read research and updates, and even search for an endocrinologist by clicking on one of the links below:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Endocrine Society

Pediatric Endocrine Society

Diabetes By The Numbers: Type Zero Technologies.

Molly McElwee Malloy was my first interview here. She’s also my latest interview here.

A little over two months after the birth of Happy Medium, I saw Molly give a speech at a local JDRF meeting in Baltimore. At the time, she was clinical research coordinator at the Center for Diabetes Technology at the University of Virginia. She is also an RN and a Certified Diabetes Educator, and has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since 1998.

That was the first time I had seen anyone speak live about artificial pancreas development, how everything worked, and actually show me photos of the device they were testing. I was jazzed up about it, and the next day (and the day after that), I really bothered Molly for an interview. She said no, but said she would answer any questions I might have, so I could get all my facts straight.

In that instance as a new diabetes blogger with two months experience, and in the three years since, she has been kind, patient, and gracious when bombarded by my enthusiasm and my never-ending list of questions.

This month, Molly stepped into her latest role as Head of Patient Engagement at Type Zero Technologies, which is the commercial arm of AP research that was born many years ago at UVA’s Center for Diabetes Technology.

I am proud to say that she has finally gone on the record with me, for about 13 minutes, to talk about Type Zero and their InControl platform, including InControl Advice and InControl Cloud. She talks about those three products, the timing of upcoming clinical trials, and the plan for submitting these for approval to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In reality, I wish we had more time, because this discussion could have easily gone two or three episodes. Instead, you’ll have to be satisfied with this little teaser, and then go to the Type Zero website to learn more.

Also, and this is important: Clinical trial participants are a very important piece of cutting-edge development like this. Please see below to find out more about volunteering to participate.

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Find out more by going to the Type Zero Technologies website:

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Clinical trial participants are necessary and appreciated! Interested? Send an e-mail to:

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