I had such a fun time talking with John! As he says, he’s just a regular guy living with diabetes who wanted to solve a problem he was experiencing. Enter Timesulin, a brilliantly simple solution that could literally be the difference between life and death.
Have you ever forgotten whether you’ve taken your shot? It’s something that becomes such a habit for us, that it’s easier than you might think to forget if you’ve done it or not. Now think about your options if you can’t remember… Right! None of them are good! Timesulin replacement pen caps might be the thing that saves your butt. You can read more about how it works here.
Besides talking about Timesulin, we covered a lot of other ground. We talked about John’s awesome athletic achievements (and his dad’s), his experiences moving around the world with type 1 diabetes, and his experiences with the new Young Leaders Programme (I’m personally very excited about this).
It was a great show, and full of inspiration on many levels. I hope you’ll share an hour of your time with us and check it out.
DSMA Live with John will air at 9 PM EST on 1/26/12
Location: London, United Kingdom
John has been living with Type 1 diabetes since age three. This has never kept him from doing anything he dreamt of – including relocating from his native Sweden to South Africa to write his master’s thesis on entrepreneurship in the townships of Cape Town. He later returned there to start working and participated in the world’s largest cycling race, The Cape Argus. He’s completed the world’s longest ski race, Vasaloppet, and, most recently, the London Triathlon – which he did in aid of Diabetes UK. He has great control over his blood sugar levels, but often finds himself unsure of whether he’s injected his insulin shot or not. Timesulin thus lies very close to his heart. It has changed John’s life and he knows that it will change the lives of many others living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes too. John holds an MSc in International Business from the University of Jönköping and lives in London with his wife and many, many Apple products.
She closed the show with “be the change you want to see”, and she is a shining example of doing just that. Making changes in her life, her family, her community, and for people with diabetes across the world.
With love and support spilling over, we heard about how most of her family is touched by diabetes, and how that love and a chance comment string on a picture of shoes kicked off the Blue Heel Society (along with a couple other heroes of mine, Diane & Tony).
We talked about how it is easier to get an iPhone than it is to get the insulin and test strips that keep us alive, and how there are real people out there starving because they can’t get the insulin that would allow them to eat. What a crazy and unbelievable state of health care.
Alexis dreams about ways to help people with diabetes, and she won’t stop working to do so anytime soon.
Alexis Newell is a married, working mom of two boys and has lived her life surrounded by people who are diabetic. Her grandmother is LADA/1.5, both her father and her husband are Type 2, and on October 21, 2008 her oldest son, Justice, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She immersed herself in the DOC and began to use social media and blogging as a source of advocacy and became a mentor and walk- chairperson for the JDRF in Nevada. You can read all about Alexis and her family on her blog justicesmisbehavingpancreas.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter @sugar_nova. She is also the Co-Founder of the new advocacy campaign The Blue Heel Society. You can check out BHS at BlueHeelSociety.org, twitter.com/BlueHeelSociety and Facebook.com/BlueHeelSociety.