We are over-the-moon excited to announce that Ginger Vieira is joining the One Drop family as one of our Content Creators!
Ginger's going to be serving up all kinds of insight, inspiration, and expertise on all things diabetes.
So who is Ginger Vieira?
Check out this ridiculously awesome bio: Ginger Vieira has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014.
Her background includes a B.S. in Professional Writing, certifications in cognitive coaching, Ashtanga yoga, and personal training with several records in drug-free powerlifting. She lives in Vermont with her husband, their 2 daughters, and their dog, Pedro.
Find out how this diabadass collab came to be below, in Ginger's own words!
The Real Real: Test Strips Are Expensive
When I first heard about One Drop, I really was quite skeptical of the whole 'unlimited-test-strips' thing 🤨 -- because anybody who's had diabetes long enough knows that test strips cost about $1 per strip! That is, if you get them the traditional route with a prescription and health insurance.
So I signed up for one month and realized: the whole 'unlimited-test-strp' thing is, in fact, legit and very real.
(Actually, even after signing up and officially paying for my first month, I was still skeptical that I would truly be able to order '300 strips' and not have to pay more. HAH! I remember messaging their Twitter account so somebody would promise me it was real!)
And I really wanted to be part of their mission!
That mission, as far as I could tell, was two-fold: give people with diabetes access to the tools they need to manage blood sugars well, and, eventually, force the diabetes pharmaceutical and technology industry to get real about their own prices.
True Life: Diabetes at the Playground
In my own life with diabetes, I'd have to say that while I test my blood sugar a heck of a lot, my blood sugars have been fluctuating a lot this past year. I blame my children for that!
But seriously...two kids under the age of 4 is no joke, and my diabetes kind of takes the hit there as a result. For example, if my blood sugar is 175 mg/dL (9.7 mmol/L) but I'm about to take them to the playground, there's just no way I'm going to take a correction dose for that high number!
Because I hate hate hate having low blood sugars at the playground when I'm chasing a 15-month-old who can run, and a 3-and-a-half-year-old who never shuts up. That's just pure torture.
Thanks to One Drop, though, (seriously) I can check my blood sugar before we leave for the playground, and then again 15 minutes later before we get out of the car. To relieve my "Ahhhhh, I don't wanna be low at the playground ever again" fears!