Off the Dial

Celebrate One Year of Podcasting (Contest)!

One year ago I went ahead with an idea that had been kicking around in my head for a while.  I created Diabetes Connections, a weekly podcast. I hoped it would be a way to talk to interesting people in our community, share information & inspiration and use the skills from my broadcast career to reach people touched by diabetes who may feel isolated or alone.

It’s been amazing. If you listen, you know I love it. I gush about how fun it is at the end of just about every episode.  I can’t help it. It’s SO GREAT! I get to talk to people I admire, learn from experts and connect with people all over the country and even the world.

Win me!

Let’s celebrate!

I’m partnering with Pebble to give away two Pebble Time Smartwatches like the one pictured here. Everyone who enters will receive a link to 20% off Pebble products. Contest opens May 31st and closes June 12th. A valid email address is needed for the discount code; you can see the other rules & regs when you enter the contest.

(click the box at the bottom of this post to enter the contest)

In planning this celebration and contest, I hadn’t counted on something else. And it’s big. Diabetes Connections was nominated for The Podcast Awards! These awards are listener-nominated (so thank you to those who nominated me) and then a panel of judges narrows it down to the top ten in each category.  I found out last week that the show made it to the finals in Health. Wow! Now it’s time for listeners to vote for the top shows. Voting for The Podcast Awards opened on May 29th and closes on June 12th.

podcast awards vote now w-logoI need your vote, but I have mixed feelings about asking. First of all, it’s a pain to nag everyone to vote every day; you don’t want me junking up your timeline begging you to click & vote. BUT, as the only diabetes podcast in the running, I think it would be great to make it to the top spot. So I’ll be posting on social media, but let me know if I start to become a giant self-promotion machine. That’s not cool. But wow! Top ten for health in the country!? Yeah, I’m a little excited.

The awards voting and the contest are NOT tied together. No obligation to do one or the other, but I hope you take part in both. Many thanks for an incredible year, an amazing anniversary and here’s to lots more good stuff to come!

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DBlogWeek – I’m here!!

dblogweeksquareTechnical issues over here kept me from taking part in Diabetes Blog Week this year. Basically, the part on my WordPress site where I type the words disappeared. That’s not good.

While I missed sharing my thoughts on each topic (and you can see the list of everyone who did here), I did have some good stuff going on this week. Instead of trying to catch up, let’s just move forward. Okay? Okay.

I produced two Diabetes Connections podcast episodes this week.  Regularly scheduled Tuesday episode was with the anything-but ordinary Moira McCarthy Stanford. Honored by her JDRF chapter, she turned her dress into a statement of inclusion and celebration by having “names of T1D heroes I love” embroidered into the lining. I talked to Moira about the dress and to her daughters and her chapter about the impact she and her husband, Sean, have had on the diabetes community:

I also released a bonus episode on the issue of access for people with diabetes. In early May, United HealthCare announced that Medtronic would be its exclusive in-network provider of insulin pumps. Adults over the age of 18 who have UHC insurance will have a very difficult time getting any other brand of insulin pump covered. This set off lots of discussion within the diabetes community and prompted a round table episode with Christel Aprigliano of Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC), Gary Scheiner, a diabetes educator with Integrated Diabetes Services, and Mike Hoskins, managing editor of DiabetesMine.

(You can watch the video of that episode here)
I also posted over on Animas about guilt. I recently developed and held a session for moms and their daughters with type 1 during a JDRF conference. I separated the two groups and had them answer the same fill in the blank questions. When we got back together, both groups were surprised; it was pretty emotional. This would have been my post for Tuesday’s “The Other Half” topic (mental health). I’m looking forward to doing this talk again for my chapter and, hopefully, for other groups that may want it.

DBlogWeek is always amazing and I can’t wait to go back and read the posts I’ve missed so far. Thank you again, Karen, for putting together such a terrific project. Of course, it’s also the inspiration for DPodcastWeek, which I will definitely be repeating (look for more info/signups in the fall).

Technical problems come and go, but the DOC is always there. Thanks for letting me sneak in under the wire!