United Nations: March 9, 2019, speaking as an International Diabetes Federation Blue Circle Voice member to members of the Lions Clubs International on the joint collaboration between the two organizations to raise global diabetes awareness.
This I know for sure – You can have a great life, not despite but because of diabetes. I also know how to get it.
After 44 years living with Type 1 diabetes my life’s work today is sharing – the knowledge, experience, rigorous learnings, collected insights and personal wisdom of how to live a healthier, happier, more meaningful life with diabetes.
What moves me every day is sharing with health professionals how to work with people with diabetes so that they “flourish” – live in a new paradigm, one beyond “coping.” And, to inspire and educate others living with diabetes to, from a flourishing mindset, improve and integrate their diabetes management into their lives, while increasing their strengths, confidence and joy.
The Flourishing Approach I’ve been developing and living is based on almost two hundred interviews I’ve conducted, psycho social evidence and scientific theories including solution-focused brief therapy, positive psychology, Aaron Antonovsky’s “Sense of Coherence” (comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness) and Salutogenesis (the study of what causes health.) Overview in Diabetes Care and Education, On The Cutting Edge.
“My thanks to you for your fabulous presentation, you have inspired us. The lunch room discussion today after your talk was all about mindfulness and approach. So good also for our junior doctors to hear. Thanks for enriching us with your ideas.” MD Jencia Wong, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney.
I have shared my work through facilitating flourishing workshops in the US, Europe and India, as a key speaker at global national conferences, as author of three diabetes books, columnist on The Huffington Post, creator of QuantiaMD’s ‘Ask the Patient’ series on behavior change, as co-designer of Wellcoaches ‘How to Prevent Diabetes’ webinar series, as a health coach supporting individuals to better health and speaking across the country as a peer-mentor.
I am currently writing my fourth book on flourishing with diabetes. It will define the approach and include practical tools. Expected due date late 2015.
I am available to facilitate workshops on flourishing for health care professionals and people living with diabetes, and as a conference speaker. Details on my Contact page.
I wish to thank each individual who has invited me to share my work, tells me that the flourishing approach increases their work satisfaction and patients’ outcomes and allows me to contribute to the field of living positively with diabetes.
Named by Sharecare Now as “sixth most influential diabetes influencer online” and repeatedly recognized by Healthline for “Best blog.”
Honored to win first place in the Eli Lilly/International Diabetes Federation sponsored ‘Inspired by Diabetes’ competition with my submission, “Pride Is the Antidote to Diabetes.” Its essence is captured here.
Annualy I donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of my book, The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes to diabetes organizations. Recipients include: Diabetes Research Institute, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Hands Foundation, Insulin For Life, Ayuda, Jnana Sanjeevini Medical Center and the diaTribe Foundation.
Certified Health Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Key Opinion Leader, Author, Columnist, Peer-Mentor and member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Prior to working in diabetes, I spent two decades in advertising, marketing, branding and change communication and lived in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Copenhagen and Sydney.