Social media is an incredible medium. It’s like man-made mother nature; it can be frightening or it can restore our faith in humanity. The beauty of social media is that we are in control of it. It is up to us to manage what we want to see, what we choose to share and how we use it. Like anything in life, poor choices lead to dire consequences.
Over the weekend, I attended Australia + New Zealand’s very first Health eVoices Conference. The conference has been running for a few years in the US (where I once received an accidental invite because they thought I lived in Melbourne, Florida. But that’s another story). Health eVoices aims to bring health advocates with an online presence together to network and discuss the future of online advocacy.
Disclaimer: As Health eVoices was sponsored by Janssen, they paid for my flights, meals and accommodation during the conference. Although I haven’t been asked to write about it, this is something I have chosen to do and these are my thoughts and opinions.
My life revolves around diabetes. I live with it, research it and work with it. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing since my diagnosis. Working in healthcare often means teaching others more about the condition they live with and finding ways to empower them to manage their own health. As such, I’m more than happy to chat about diabetes and my experiences. But there are also times where I need to pick my battles.
Today we celebrate the achievements of women around the world and how far the world has come when it comes to women’s rights. We still have a long way to go, but I’m grateful for where we are now. International Women’s Day is a good day to remind ourselves of the sacrifices our pioneers made in standing up for women. It’s a time to reflect on how lucky we have things today and how much further we have to go.
Over the weekend, I attended the Diabetes Expo, which was presented by Diabetes Victoria. Initially I was a little bit unsure about some of the invited speakers but I decided to head along with an open mind; a piece of advice I would recommend for any diabetes-related event you attend.
Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. I hope everyone has had a chance to spare a rose and save a life. If not, there’s still time to donate the cost of a rose (or more), which will provide insulin to a child for at least a month.
When we talk about Valentine’s Day, our thoughts go straight to our significant other (or lack of one). However this year, I’ve been reminded that we are surrounded by people who care about us and whom we hold dear in our lives. As we discussed how diabetes impacts the relationships we have with people around us during our #OzDOC chat this week, it made me appreciate my loved ones a little bit more.
9th of February 2009 was the day I had appointment that would change my life forever. What started out as a sinus infection dragged on into months of illness before a random discovery of high fasting BGLs and diabetes. Like…what? And so it began. 9th of February marks the beginning of my life with diabetes; my diaversary.