Evidence on Why You Should Consider Online Peer Support [Repost from AADE]

Increased access to the internet and social media has allowed individuals across the globe to connect in ways that weren’t possible decades ago. Active, vibrant communities have formed that engage users from a variety of backgrounds in information sharing and peer support, often around a specific topic. But do these bustling online communities offer real…

Spare A Rose, Save A Child Today!

This blog was originally post on A Fresh POV for You at www.afreshpovforyou.com/spare-a-rose-save-a-child-today and reblogged with permission. The past few years we’ve requested no roses on Valentine’s day and instead asked our husbands to make donations to the Spare A Rose, save a child campaign, a program of Life For A Child. What is this all about? If you are reading…

Updates from American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD August 17-20

The AADE Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) of the year, with over 3,000 in attendance! However, it’s not just CDEs that attend the meeting, other clinicians and providers, health educators, and people with or affected by diabetes attend. It was great to see that the 2018 meeting had a…

Strength in the Community

communitynoun, often attributive com·mu·ni·ty \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē \a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society. Our society is composed of multiple individuals who collectively work toward bigger goals. Humans are social creatures that need support and companionship, especially in stressful situations. When we face a diabetes diagnosis, one…

iDOCr poster presented at the International Diabetes Federation Congress

The iDOCr team presented a poster at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress, December 6, 2017, in Abu Dhabi. The poster, “Perceptions of Stigma in the Diabetes Online Community: Challenges of day-to-day living shared during Twitter chats” was presented during the “living with Diabetes” stream.  Several of the sessions in this stream related to iDOCr interests…

Diabetes Educators and Peer Support Communities: A Special Report from AADE

iDOCr would like to share a fantastic initiative that is being shaped by AADE and a group of diabetes advocates, to better define and develop a work plan to join forces and create stronger support networks for the educators’ communities and the diabetes community in general. On behalf of 2018 AADE President Donna Ryan and meeting co-chairs…

DiabetesSisters and the Use of Social Media

Since its founding in 2008, DiabetesSisters has relied on the use of technology to reach its community. Today, over 25,000 women engage via website visits and social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Each avenue of social media is instrumental in sharing our mission of supporting and educating women living with all kinds of diabetes.…

Language Matters!

Diabetes is a complex disease that requires continuous daily care and relies on effective communication between care providers, educators and people with diabetes to achieve the best health outcomes. The language that healthcare professionals and others involved in diabetes treatment use to discuss the disease may impact both self-perception and treatment outcomes for people living…