From sun to snow and back to diabetes doings

Some would say “All good things must end” as my tropical travels are over; I left San Francisco’s sunlight and temperate 74 degrees to arrive home to New York City’s snow and freezing temperatures. But I am also of a mind that other good things will continue to happen this year. In fact, I have just been invited to speak at this year’s American Association of Diabetes Educator’s Conference in Atlanta August 5-8 — I will keep you posted. And, in a month or so there’ll be a Spanish version of The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes available and I’ll be creating a self-management coaching book based on The ABCs for patients and educators.

Meanwhile, fellow blogger Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine has passed along a notice and request for you to positively impact the future of diabetes care. I pass it along to you here. 

From Amy Tenderich on behalf of the Diabetes Community: “There are a lot of things going on at the troubled Food and Drug Administration (FDA) right now that could have a profound impact on the future of diabetes care, but most of us patients never hear about them… Most importantly, the FDA has created excessive regulatory hurdles that threaten to slam the door on progress in treating diabetes.  

  • Even Rebecca Killion, the FDA Patient Representative who sat in on the infamous Avandia andPfizer Exubera hearings, is speaking out against the commission’s latest moves. Please see this post for her public comments. 
We’re imploring the new FDA leadership to recognize the urgent need for more safe and effective treatment options for diabetes and to reduce barriers to innovation. Please see the online petition and letter at  We ask you to help speak out and get our voices as patients heard! This grassroots initiative is shooting for 20,000 signatures by mid-February.


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