Type 1 Diabetes: Being Sick With T1D

Being Sick With T1D

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Will there be a cure for Type 1 Diabetes?

My evolving thoughts on wether there will or won’t be a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and why.

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Type 1 Diabetes: What is Type 1 Diabetes?

I explain what Type 1 Diabetes is.

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Who is NathanT1D?

I’ve been a Type instagram photo1 Diabetic for almost 25 years. I’m 30 years old and live in New York City. I’ve been using an insulin pump for nearly 15 years. I’d like to share my experiences and learn from others with T1D.

Your feedback, comments, and shared experiences are most welcome! Please comment and let me know what you think!

What it feels like when I have a low blood sugar

 

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An Amazing Business Idea We Can All Be Part Of: http://savvy.coop/

I went to a networking event tonight. Part of the night was watching several business presentations. It was kind of a competition, but in the end everyone was a winner because of the networking opportunities. Anyway, one of the presentations really hit home for me. It was http://savvy.coop/ – check out their site.

Here is how they describe themselves:

“What is Savvy Cooperative?

In order to improve health care, there must be a clear understanding of the patient experience and a collaborative environment for the patient voice and feedback to be heard. That’s why Savvy Cooperative connects the Savvy Crowd (healthcare consumers, patients & loved ones) with Savvy Partners (recognized market & scientific researchers and other professionals) through our innovative online platform. We believe that when both sides bring their unique expertise to the table, we can deliver more patient-driven solutions to market, faster!”

My essential understanding of it is that Savvy Cooperative brings together two groups, those with chronic ailments and big pharma. The value proposition goes something like this – big pharma needs feedback from people who live with chronic ailments everyday so that they can improve their products. Those with chronic conditions want to give companies feedback so that big pharma can improve the products they make for those same people. For their time and insight, people that join the Savvy Cooperative community will be paid. I don’t think anyone will be getting rich from being part of focus groups, filling out surveys, and partaking in research studies, but getting paid to help improve a company’s products that you use is a pretty good deal. Plus, your insights will help everyone that suffers from the same condition that you do.

I recently started using the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitoring system. After a few days with it, or maybe just one night, I ended up on the phone with one of their certified diabetes educators. I spent over an hour asking questions and giving them feedback on the phone for free, just in the hopes that they would improve their product so that my life could be better. It would have been really nice if I had gotten paid for that time and insight.

The Savvy Cooperative is a really cool idea. I signed up to be part of it tonight. You should to. It isn’t just for diabetics. It’s for all kinds of conditions. It can’t work without the experience and insight of people like me and you so sign up and make your insight work for you! Visit http://savvy.coop/ to sign up 🙂

Transitioning from insulin injections to a pump

What it was like for me to move from injections to an insulin pump and why I did it.

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