Podcast 78: Diabetes Doesn’t Care Who You Voted For – A Swell of Grassroots Advocacy | Dr. Clayton McCook

Dr. Clayton McCook is back and shares what’s new in his diabetes advocacy game. He’s not pointing fingers, but using his voice and grassroots efforts to make a difference. Everyone has a voice and he uses his kind demeanor to help others find theirs. Not only does he share tech advancements and grassroots efforts, he entertains my ridiculous questions about diabetes management for pets.

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2019 Year In Review: Diabetes Advocacy Domination & Discoveries

As my Diaversary soon approaches, I take time to sit in silence and reflect on what I’ve learned, more specifically, in my diabetes world. New technology & pump therapies, apps, partnerships, #insulin4all campaigns, etc. have me a bit exhausted, but hopeful for the future. Below are a few 2019 highlights I would like to share.

Podcasts Released: 18 episodes found on various podcast platforms and HERE on the DDG podcast page.
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Tuesday Topic: The Pros & Cons Of Being A T1D Mentor

Mentor

The DDG was contacted by a wonderful woman from the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center about a pilot camp rolling out this summer. We jumped on the opportunity to meet with Heather to learn more and offer our help, should she want it. As the conversation progressed, she said they were looking for a few T1D camp counselors. In years past I volunteered at a leadership camp for high school seniors. I felt confident in my ability to lead the youngsters and still be 100% myself – but would I be able to do the same for a group of T1Ds?

This thought inspired me to weigh a few pros & cons that came to mind.

PROS:

  • I have 31 years under my belt and plenty of stories to share.
  • A1C is 6.3 (Not bragging, just proud of my hard work)

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Take That Diabetes – Today I Win

DDG Flipping the Bird

I’m stoked to share my recent visit to the endocrinologist.  In earlier years this dreaded trip brought on a week or so of anxiety…  Would he know I lied about my blood sugar?  Could he tell I drank a wine cooler a few weeks ago?  Will they have to take blood?  He is the window into my diabetic life and I was terrified as to what he could reveal.  I no longer stress about this biannual visit, in fact, I kind of enjoy it.  I work hard every single day to feel good and my numbers hopefully reflect my actions.

The visit starts with a super sweet nurse who allows me to prick my own finger.  YAY ME!  Having someone else prick my finger seems to be WAY more painful (control issues?).   Continue reading