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Why do you log your data?

Logging my data has been useful, not only for myself to keep track of all the demands diabetes has, but also useful for health care providers to develop a comprehensive plan to help manage my daily life. It also gives me a peace of mind in case of emergency that someone can access my dosage history and implement the best treatment. I love being able to see the progress I’ve made and having a log of what works, and doesn’t work for me.

Why One Drop?

One Drop is so easy to use and understand. The quick introduction tutorial is all it takes to feel confident enough to use right away. The bright colors and easy to read interface makes logging my BG, activities, and carbs fun. Living with a chronic condition can sometimes feel as if you are alone, but One Drop brings together the diabetes community and offers support, great tips, and a strong social media presence. Diabetes is a lot more than testing BG and giving insulin, One Drop highlights the fact that managing diabetes requires a log of everyday life, not just medication and carbs.

Hobbies?

I am currently in my second year of a Master of Arts degree in History at Dalhousie University and am working towards completing my thesis on Caribbean social and medical history! When I am not busy working on my thesis, you’ll find me at RIO Pilates and Yoga studio or outside running. I am currently training for my sixth half-marathon in May – the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon. I run with Team Diabetes, which raises funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Favorite guilty-pleasure food?

Dark chocolate covered coffee beans, for that guilty pleasure kick to keep me going!

Weirdest place you’ve checked your blood sugar / injected insulin / changed an infusion set … ?

Nothing sets the ambience at a nice dinner like having to test your blood sugar level and sticking a needle into your stomach.

Anything you’ve learned on your diabetes journey that you’d like to share with the world?

As I continue my diabetes journey I have learned that the only constant in life is change and diabetes requires me to stay flexible and open minded to new management options. Life has so many different stages and diabetes will change along with the other factors in my life, it’s important to never stop learning.

Closing remarks?

Throughout my time living with type 1 diabetes, I’ve had the passion to connect with fellow people with diabetes and promote patient advocacy within the healthcare system. I feel strongly about the importance of patients having a voice in their ongoing management and patients being viewed as diabetes experts by healthcare teams. It’s important to me that public education includes the ideas that diabetes is more than a set of glucose readings, A1c values and grams of carbohydrates. Education focused on the personal journey of diabetes is important for both the public and health care providers; it’s great having some support through the highs and lows! I look forward to continuing my journey of diabetes awareness, promotion, and education.

One Drop Stories showcases how members of the One Drop community celebrate the drop each day. Every finger prick is an opportunity to take control of your diabetes and live life to the fullest. 
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