Diabetes UnConference in Las Vegas

Register at http://diabetesunconference.com/register/


What’s it all about…

If you are a person with diabetes or love someone with diabetes, you live with this disease 8,760 hours each year.

How many hours are spent with a medical team talking about diabetes? One hour? Two hours?

Those precious hours talking with medical professionals are usually not spent asking about how to deal with the perceived social stigma, disclosing diabetes to your colleagues or dates, intimacy issues, fears about complications, or dealing with everyday life. Most appointments talk about the numbers (lab results, blood glucose results, medication changes) and you’re left to muddle through on your own.

You may get support elsewhere: the Diabetes Online Community and all the wonderful resources found online, local support groups, but there has never been a multi-day conference where you can talk about anything and everything related to your life with diabetes.

No keynotes. No multiple tracks where you have to make a choice between sessions. Just your peers – those who live with diabetes every day like you – talking about the things that matters most to you that you can’t talk about with your medical team or those who aren’t impacted by diabetes.

We create the agenda. We decide what’s important. All of us participate. All of us learn. All of us become confidantes and compatriots.

That’s why The Diabetes UnConference was created.

Learn more at diabetesunconference.com


TuDiabetes Talks with Manny Hernandez and Emily Coles!

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Join us live as we sit down and visit with Manny Hernandez, founder of Diabetes Hands Foundation and Emily Coles, previous community manager at TuDiabetes to chat about what they have been up to! This “Home for the Holidays” episode is sure to be heart warming, informative and inspiring…


TuDiabetes Talks with Diabetes Hands Foundation Team Members Allyson Schloming and Mandy Jones!

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Mandy Jones


Director of Advocacy

Diabetes Hands Foundation | Berkeley, CA
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Twitter: @D_Advocates

Mandy Jones was a senior at U.C. Berkeley when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Her adult diagnosis was a steep learning curve accompanied by fear, loneliness, and waves of anxiety. In addition to becoming a 24/7 nurse, she realized she had to become her own healthcare advocate, insurance specialist, scientific researcher… not to mention anxiety reduction specialist!

But searching for solutions in a confusing healthcare world quickly ignited a passion. Over the next few years, Mandy volunteered as a Youth Advisory Board Member at UCSF’s Madison Clinic for Diabetes, began hosting adult support happy hours in Los Angeles, mentored newly-diagnosed patients, and wrote a comprehensive appeal to change an insurance policy. She worked as an environmental planner and co-founded an organization that offers pro bono consulting to environmental and public health non-profits. In 2015, Mandy began creating T1Decoded, an online educational source to help other patients navigate a type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Her mission is to help all patients thrive amidst a chronic disease diagnosis.

Mandy is excited to ignite the Diabetes Advocates program and create positive change in the diabetes space. She believes that advocacy can happen at any age, in any geography, in any language, and in any form. Advocacy can be as quick as a conversation with our doctor, or as complex as an international policy change. By identifying the causes that speak to us, equipping ourselves with effective tools, and learning from other disciplines, we can create positive change for ourselves, for our local communities, or even internationally.

Mandy is inspired by Deepak Chopra (7 Spiritual Laws of Success), Brené Brown (The Power of Vulnerability), Tim Brown (IDEO: Design Thinking), and Joyce Lee (Doctor as Designer). Mandy’s favorite adventure to date has been bike touring the coast of California (seeing breathtaking coastline via two wheels made the low blood sugars preparations 110% worth it!)

Allyson Schlomingallyson-768x512

Director of Development

Diabetes Hands Foundation | Berkeley, CA

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Allyson brings with her over 18 years in non-profit management experience, raising funds for advocacy, research and education for the diabetes community. Her son, Kyle at the age of nine was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and has made diabetes her passion to improve the lives of all those touched by diabetes.

At the Diabetes Hands Foundation, Allyson is responsible for the implementation of the fund development strategy and is deeply involved in the identification and nurturing of strategic partnerships.

Allyson is a native Californian. She resides in Livermore with her daughter, Katy who is a senior in high school.

In her spare time, Allyson enjoys bike riding, taking walks on the beach or reading historical fiction novel.

FiTBlog Diabetes Retreat in Santa Monica February 18th -20th


Clinical Trials with Antidote Live on TuDiabetes Talks 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific

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Navigating Adolescence and Puberty: How to maintain your sanity with a teen faced with diabetes and hormones! MasterChat on TuDiabetes Talks Live 8pm ET 5pm PT

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It’s that time of the year again: Master Chats! The Master Chat Series is an annual collaboration between TuDiabetes and Columbia University’s Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management program. This master’s program is offered to clinicians who are currently in or interested in the diabetes field.

As part of a course requirement, students present ‘Master Chats’ on a variety of diabetes related health topics. They will be featured this October and November on TuDiabetes Talks

All of the topics this year have been generated based on TuDiabetes community member feedback!



The Big Blue Test 2016! TuDiabetes Talks 8pm ET, 5pm PT

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Join in the conversation as Cynthia chats with Mike Lawson about Diabetes Hands Foundation’s very own Big Blue Test!  Laugh as both Cynthia and Mike share their own exercise clips as they log their Big Blue Test blood sugars!

What is The Big Blue Test?

Between October 14, 2016, and November 14, 2016, participants perform 14-20 minutes of physical activity and then report their results at BigBlueTest.org or by using the iPhone or Android smartphone app. Each entry will result in $1 donated to three US-based initiatives ($3 total; up to $5,000).

“The Big Blue Test rallies communities to experience the impact that small changes can have on their health,” said Gene Kunde, CEO of Diabetes Hands Foundation. “The grants generated by Big Blue Test participants will impact thousands of people with diabetes who have been traditionally underserved.”

Three US-based initiatives will receive $5,000 in funding.

DiabetesSisters [www.diabetessisters.org] With this grant funding, DiabetesSisters will grow the newly launched Minority Initiative which is focused on bringing resources and education to African American and Hispanic women with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

We Are Diabetes [www.wearediabetes.org] We Are Diabetes has created a Recovery Toolkit that will be available digitally for health care providers. With the Big Blue Test grant funding, they will be able to distribute physical copies to clinics across the country.

Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative [www.rchf.org] The Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative will be using Big Blue Test funds to purchase equipment for their annual “Together We Can!” event which is a free seminar that includes health screenings and education on healthy living with diabetes, and addresses the emotional aspect of living with diabetes.

The goal for the 2016 Big Blue Test campaign is to collect 45,000 entries (resulting in $5,000 for each nonprofit organization).


Jane Dickinson Discusses MasterChat and the Online Graduate Program in Diabetes Education and Management at Teachers College Columbia University! TuDiabetes Talks 5pm PT, 8pm ET

Jane Dickinson Discusses MasterChat and the Online Graduate Program in Diabetes Education and Management at Teachers College Columbia University

MasterChat is a series featuring TuDiabetes community generated topics led by students in the Master of Science in Diabetes program at Columbia University

TuDiabetes Talks 5pm PT, 8pm ET

Jane K. Dickinson is a nurse and certified diabetes educator. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1975 and helping others live well with diabetes since 1995. Jane is the Program Director for the Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management Program at Teachers College Columbia University. She has been with Teachers College since they launched the program in 2011. Jane also provides diabetes education in Northwest Colorado, and consults for various diabetes-related organizations and projects. Jane lives in Colorado with her husband and two teen-age kids. She loves to walk, hike, and snowshoe, and in her spare time she blogs at www.janekdickinson.com.

4pm ET Live Interview with Conor Daly, IndyCar Driver Living with Type 1 Diabetes

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Conor Daly…

In his own words: “I’ve been at Indy car races since my birth, so it’s a dream come true. “It’s been crazy. It has been so tough. There have been a lot of moments where I have considered what else can I do. I can forget about all that stuff now. I can look forward and not look back. I want to compete every weekend for a top 10. I have no doubt we can do that and we should have a good shot at doing that.”


  • Joins Dale Coyne Racing for his first full season in Verizon IndyCar Series competition after climbing both the Mazda Road to Indy and European open-wheel ranks.
  • Has wins in both Star Mazda (now Pro Mazda) and Indy Lights competition and won the 2010 Pro Mazda title.
  • Has tested an F1 car for Force India. Won at Barcelona in GP3 and was the inaugural MRF Challenge Series champion in India.OFF TRACK• A second generation race driver, Conor is the son of professional race car driver Derek Daly, who reached the pinnacle of the sport, competing in Formula One and Indy cars for well over a decade. His mother, Beth Boles, won a Novice Jet Ski World title in 1990 and his stepfather, J. Douglas Boles, is the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.4pm ET, 1pm PT