Courtney “C”, C’s Life with D
Listen to Courtney on DSMA Live, 9 PM EST (Live Feed)
C, sometimes known as “Courtney” outside of the online community, is a registered dietitian in her home state of Iowa. She is an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and can often be found spending her Saturdays in the fall yelling at the TV and doing the “touchdown dance.” She has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1989. Diagnosed at age 5, she doesn’t remember life without chronic illness. C was introduced to the DOC a couple years ago through the JDRF sponsored website, Juvenation. She soon joined Twitter and then began blogging at C’s Life With D. C realizes living life with D is difficult for everyone in any stage of life, living with any form of diabetes. This led her to her career choice and ultimate goal of becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). She hopes to help change the lives of everyone struggling through diabetes. C shares her life story openly and honestly. She hopes her experiences provide reassurance to everyone living with diabetes – letting them know they are never alone.
Scott and Manny - photo credit to Sara at Moments of Wonderful (.com)
Last Thursday we had a great show featuring Manny Hernandez (@askmanny on twitter). Manny takes the word “Advocate” to the next level. Involved in so many projects that benefit people with diabetes and the community, online and off, I often wonder when he sleeps.
In addition to all of the good he does, he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.
The day of the show, Manny was in New York working with Sanofi Aventis on the Diabetes Data Design Challenge. We got to hear a lot about the semi-finalists, which was a lot of fun. I appreciated hearing about finding new ways to help people with diabetes make use of the overwhelming amount of data and information that we are drowning in, without adding an additional layer of work. I can’t wait to watch the contest as the winners are announced.
We were also pleasantly surprised when Laura Kolodjeski, from Discuss Diabetes (Sanofi’s diabetes blog), stopped by and asked Manny to say “hello” to us. We are big fans of Laura and appreciate all of the work she’s doing. Thanks for saying hi Laura!
And finally we learned about some of the activities happening for the IDF’s “Unite for a Healthy Future” event in Central Park, NYC on Sunday, 9/18. What an incredible group of people and activities. I wish I could be there!
It was a really great show, and I hope you’ll take the time to listen. One thing I most appreciate about Manny is that he makes involvement and advocacy sound so accessible for anyone. It is encouraging, and helps people, at any comfort level, at least dip their toe in the advocacy water.
Thank you Manny!
– Scott K. Johnson
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