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A Mile In My Shoes
A Mile in My Shoes, a company founded by Joe Solowiejczyk, a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 50 years, was created to insure that patients and families living with diabetes worldwide would have access to the most practical and up-to-date information needed to manage living with diabetes AND thrive while doing so. Joe has first hand experience with the disease as he has been thriving with Type 1 for over 50 years!
Our company focuses on providing counseling services for patients and training opportunities for healthcare professionals who wish to learn how to better integrate family therapy into their clinical skill sets.
Additionally, A Mile in My Shoes is dedicated to producing fun, unique web-based presentations and learning resources for patients and their families wishing to increase their self-management knowledge base and emotional coping skills. The launching of the new e-book self-management manual, A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the Universe, is a new and exciting part of that initiative.
A Sweet Life
Nearly 200 million people world-wide have diabetes. My husband, Mike, and I are among them. Mike was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2002, four years after we married and just 18 months after the birth of our first son. Last year, while pregnant with our third son, I was also diagnosed with Type 1. Instead of letting diabetes depress us, Mike and I took charge of our health as best we could. And as we worked together and saw how well we managed as a team, we decided to create “A Sweet Life” and to reach out to others in the diabetic community.
We know that diabetes is a very serious and frightening disease, but we also know that life with diabetes can be normal. It can even be sweet. Rather than think about diabetes in the negative sense of an illness, we prefer to think of it as our lifestyle. And we are determined to be healthy diabetics. We believe we are succeeding, and we hope that the information we provide through this site will help you do the same.
It’s impossible not to address the risks and complications that diabetics face, and we will deal with them here. But the better you care for yourself, the fewer those complications will be. In fact, for some Type 2 diabetics, diet and exercise can reverse the disease. For those of us who are stuck with diabetes forever, we invite you to join us in trying to make it as painless as possible. Diabetes won’t ever be fun, but controlling it can be satisfying. It can actually make you feel great. And we plan to talk a lot about how great you can feel with diabetes. For those of you without diabetes, here’s a tip: a balanced, natural diet like the one we follow is good for almost everyone. So please come take a look at our recipes, follow our site, and treat yourselves to a healthy lifestyle.
American Diabetes Association – Safe at School
For a student using insulin, diabetes must be managed 24/7, including the many hours spent at school, on field trips and in extra-curricular activities.
Some families can send their child with diabetes to school in the morning and feel confident that the school will be prepared to provide the diabetes care that meets their child’s needs. Other families worry that their child won’t have access to good diabetes management, that their child will be excluded from activities or have to take an exam when blood glucose levels are plummeting
Beyond Type 1
Founded in February 2015, Beyond Type 1 creates and funds a portfolio of programs, technologies and innovations that those living with Type 1 diabetes need to manage, live and thrive. Our goal is to highlight the brilliance of those fighting this disease every day while always working toward ensuring a cure is on its way.
By establishing a supportive community via powerful social media people are connected on a global scale in a new way. Our Instagram campaign “Living Beyond,” showcases the age, range and variance of those living their best life with T1D, and our website and social media platforms provide education and support.
High profile collaborations and carefully curated special events will provide education and awareness, affording a greater capacity for strategic fundraising. Because our Founders + Founding Friends pay all operational and fundraising expenses, 100% of every dollar raised directly supports the most promising global efforts and programs working to educate, advocate and cure type 1 diabetes.
We aim to be provocative, inclusive and disruptive: putting a face on this disease, clearing up misunderstandings about who is affected by T1D and eradicating the stigma that comes from living with a chronic disease. We recognize there is a different narrative to be told: that of a strong empowered community living a powerful life beyond the diagnosis. We also recognize a future free of T1D is possible and we are here to make certain that future materializes. We are here to disrupt diabetes.
We’ve closed the loop with a fully functional, automated insulin delivery system. Now we are bringing it to market with a sustainable business model for ALL people with Type 1 Diabetes.
Moira McCarthy, JDRF volunteer & outreach speaker, shares her experience & advice on the highs & lows of raising a child with Type 1 diabetes
Long-time broadcaster, blogger and diabetes mom Stacey Simms interviews prominent diabetes advocates, authors and speakers. She also shares personal stories of connection from people with diabetes and their friends and family. Focus is concentrated on type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes Counseling Network
The Diabetes Counseling Network is an association of counselors dedicated to helping people cope with this demanding illness. Based in Eugene, Oregon and serving all of Lane County, our network is a resource for medical professionals and individuals, couples, and families, ages 2 to 102, affected by Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes. We help people learn skills to overcome its emotional and lifestyle challenges and discover new ways of thinking, choosing, and coping while living with diabetes.
Hi there. I’m Tom Karlya. I have been active in diabetes causes since my daughter, Kaitlyn, was diagnosed in 1992 at the age of two. My son Rob was also diagnosed in March of 2009 at the age of thirteen. My world is mostly about diabetes, but that is my choice. I made that choice when Kaitlyn was diagnosed and she looked up at me in the hospital after looking at all of the tubes and wires attached and said but two words that changed my life, and those two words were: “Daddy, Fix!” – See more at: http://diabetesdad.org/about-me/#sthash.2XeZR8AN.dpuf
DiabetesMine is a leading diabetes blog with a unique mix of information, news, reviews, videos, and other quality content for people touched by diabetes.
Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC)
Now, more than ever, people living with diabetes need to come together to stand up for effective diabetes policy. Elected officials and regulatory agencies in federal and state governments affect our access to safe diabetes management.
As patients and constituents, our voices need to be an ongoing part of the policy conversation. Diabetes advocacy is like diabetes care; both are long-term processes with no quick fixes. Diabetes is not “once and done,” our advocacy can’t be either.
The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) will make it easy to keep policy makers’ attention on people with diabetes. DPAC will keep track of issues, opportunities and, when registered, how to contact officials. We will make it easy to advocate while giving you the opportunity to tell you own story.
If you are a person with diabetes or love someone with diabetes, you live with this disease 8,760 hours each year.
How many hours are spent with a medical team talking about diabetes? One hour? Two hours?
Those precious hours talking with medical professionals are usually not spent asking about how to deal with the perceived social stigma, disclosing diabetes to your colleagues or dates, intimacy issues, fears about complications, or dealing with everyday life. Most appointments talk about the numbers (lab results, blood glucose results, medication changes) and you’re left to muddle through on your own.
You may get support elsewhere: the Diabetes Online Community and all the wonderful resources found online, local support groups, but there has never been a multi-day conference where you can talk about anything and everything related to your life with diabetes.
No keynotes. No multiple tracks where you have to make a choice between sessions. Just your peers – those who live with diabetes every day like you – talking about the things that matters most to you that you can’t talk about with your medical team or those who aren’t impacted by diabetes.
We create the agenda. We decide what’s important. All of us participate. All of us learn. All of us become confidantes and compatriots.
That’s why The Diabetes UnConference was created.