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Diabetes Forecast: People to Know

“Diabetes Forecast®, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association, names Stacey Simms as one of 12 People to Know for 2017.”

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Me & Ben Vereen? Are you kidding? What else to say, but thank you!? (Click here to see the issue online)

Thank you to the editors and the committee who puts together the issue. Thanks to Jonathan Shuffield who interviewed me for the issue and editor Kelly Rawlings who informed me I was on the list. You can hear both of them on the podcast this week (click the handy player down below to listen right now).

But really, this is a thank you to you, my listeners. I’d like to say I started Diabetes Connections because I had a singular desire to help people. That I wanted to help newly diagnosed families realize it would be okay and help long-time T1Ds find new inspiration and motivation. Honestly? It’s because I couldn’t stop talking back to my radio.

After working in broadcasting my entire career, the brutal hours finally caught up with me. But when I left my early morning radio job, I found myself talking back to the podcasts I listened to, the radio shows I enjoyed. One day while walking my dog and yelling at Terri Gross, I knew I had to start my own show.

Just over two years later, to have this kind of validation is an incredible feeling. But it only confirms what I already know from emails, social media messages and, when I’m really lucky, in-person meetups. Listening to the voices of our community is helpful. Hearing stories of connection is vital. And knowing we’re not alone is invaluable. I’m here to tell those stories. Thanks for allowing me that privilege.

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#DPodcastWeek 2017

 

Here we go again!! So excited to kick off Diabetes Podcast Week, round two. Last year about a dozen shows teamed up to help the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign. We’re back with some cool new shows and one generous sponsor!

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Please check out the list of shows below. Links should take you right to their main page for easy listening/viewing. If you’re still not sure what a podcast is or how to find one, start here (my post: That’s Nice, What’s a Podcast).

The idea behind Spare a Rose, Save a Child is simple: buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate the value of that flower to children with diabetes. Donations go to Life for a Child, an International Diabetes Federation program which provides life-saving diabetes supplies, medication, and education that children in developing countries need to stay alive. Click the logo below to learn more and donate (pretty please)!

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I also want to send a big thank you to Wildtree’s Julie Calarco from North Carolina. Julie and her family have been fantastic supporters of research for type 1 diabetes since our very first JDRF walk. Their son, Nicholas, is growing up with Benny and is one of our biggest supporters and fund raisers (seriously, this kid is a powerhouse). Through Wildtree, Julie has donated $1000 to Spare a Rose (you read that right.. one thousand dollars)! I’ll be talking about that more on my podcast all month long, but please consider making a purchase from her website (click logo below). If you’ve never tried Wildtree or aren’t sure what you’d like, drop me a line. I’m a big fan, and you know I hate to cook. I recommend the Ranch Chicken Chili, the Garlic Grape Seed Oil and the Very Berry Cheesecake Blend. Click the logo to get started.

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Happy listening and thanks again for supporting these podcasts, our community and most of all, the kids around the world who will benefit from the Spare a Rose campaign.

#DPodcastWeek Participating Shows:

Beta Cell Podcast

Diabetes By The Numbers

Diabetes Connections

Diabetes Dominator

Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Power Show

Diabetic Danica

Everybody Talks

The Juicebox Podcast / Arden’s Day

Just Talking

Real Life Diabetes (Diabetes Daily Grind)

Diabetes Podcast Week 2017

Here we go again! The Second Diabetes Podcast Week is coming up: February 6-10, 2017.

dpodcastweeklogo2017As I explained last year, I’ve participated in and enjoyed Diabetes Blog Week for a long time. After I started my podcast, it seemed like a natural fit to create #DPodcastWeek.  Once again, we’re using our microphones to get some attention for a terrific charity, the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign.

During the week of February 6, 2017, podcasters who sign up will include information about Spare a Rose in their shows and on their websites. They’ll ask listeners to learn more and to consider making a donation. All the episodes won’t be all about Spare a Rose; I’m encouraging the hosts to do their usual, great shows, just with this specific information included.

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The idea behind Spare a Rose, Save a Child is simple: buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate the value of that flower to children with diabetes. Donations go to Life for a Child, an International Diabetes Federation program which provides life-saving diabetes supplies, medication, and education that children in developing countries need to stay alive.

How can you help? If you’re a podcaster, please sign up by emailing me at DPodcastWeek@gmail.com. I’ll send you more details and make sure we’re all on the same page. Deadline to be part of the official list is January 20th.

It doesn’t matter what type of diabetes you talk about, whether you’ve just released your first recording or if you’re on episode 372 and top of the charts on iTunes. If you’re making internet radio, you focus on diabetes and you want to do good, please join us.

If you’re a listener, make sure you’re subscribed to your favorite diabetes podcasts and use the list below to sample a few more. If you’re reading this and thinking, “That’s nice, what’s a podcast?” click here for some help.

That’s it! Stay tuned for more on #DPodcastWeek, coming February 6, 2017.

Participating Podcasts/Video Blogs as of 1/20

Beta Cell Podcast

Diabetes By The Numbers

Diabetes Connections

Diabetes Dominator

Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Power Show

Diabetic Danica

Everybody Talks

The Juicebox Podcast / Arden’s Day

Just Talking

Real Life Diabetes (Diabetes Daily Grind)

Review & Win!

This week on Diabetes Connections I shared a big milestone: the show has received more than 50,000 downloads. In podcast-land this is a remarkable number to have reached after just over a year for a show like mine. I didn’t have a huge “brand” or powerhouse blog before starting the show. But I knew that people touched by diabetes are hungry for information and inspiration. And we’re kind of passionate about the topic.

Thank you so much for listening, for spreading the word and for letting me know what you want to hear. Many of you have emailed, recorded messages and even been on the show for my Community Connection. To say thank you, I’m giving away two $25 gift cards. Here’s how to enter:

Leave a review on iTunes or on the show homepage by September 27, 2016.  One iTunes reviewer will win a $25 card to iTunes, one homepage reviewer will win a $25 Amazon card. Please leave a genuine review! I’m picking the winner at random, not for who leaves the “best” review. But don’t troll me. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re a listener. Or at least a nice person.

To review on the homepage:

Go to Diabetes Connections. Click on any Episode Title (the blue text). That will open a new window. Scroll down under the audio tab and “Helpful Links” to see “Leave a Reply.” Write your review in the comment box. Click “Post Comment.” You can leave a comment/review for any episode to be eligible.

To review on iTunes

  1. Launch Apple’s Podcast app
  2. Tap the Search tab
  3. Enter “Diabetes Connections”
  4. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right
  5. Tap the logo of the podcast
  6. Tap the Reviews tab
  7. Tap Write a Review at the bottom
  8. Enter your iTunes password to log in
  9. Tap the Stars to leave a rating
  10. Enter the title text and content to leave a review
  11. Tap Send

This article from iMore has more detailed info and a screen by screen walk through. iTunes is fussy.

You can enter in both locations but you can only win once.  If you have any questions, please reach out. Again, thank you so much for making this show what it is. Lots more good stuff to come!