Learn more diabetes in one day at TCOYD


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The latest TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) online newsletterfeatures my new diabetes survival guide – “Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s” – on its back cover. My thanks to all my generous friends at TCOYD and Dr. Steven Edelman, its founder. Read the whole newsletter and start learning.

I interviewed Dr. Edelman as a diabetes change leader on The Huffington Post. He created a true breakthrough – the delivery of diabetes education directly to patients via conferences. Don’t hoard conferences just for doctors was his enlightened thinking. For while Edelman is a doctor he has also been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of fifteen.

I also found my whole thinking about my power to live well with diabetes change when I attended my first TCOYD event. That was back in 2005 in San Diego. I was sitting in CDE/Psychologist, Bill Polonsky’s session. He said, “Diabetes doesn’t cause blindness, heart attack, amputation. Poorly controlled diabetes does.” Today he often says, well controlled diabetes is the cause of nothing. 

It made me realize my actions largely control my illness and I have power over my actions. Take good actions and you will benefit. I began using my power: eating healthier, eating less and walking more. The results have paid off and I see it each year when I get my blood work done. 

I highly recommend getting to TCOYD’s one day event, even if you have to travel. You will learn so much and it costs a mere $10 or $20 depending on when you register. 

Events are presented around the country, so see if there’s one coming up near you or take a trip, it’s worth it. This fall TCOYD will be in Worcester, MA, Omaha, NE, Albuquerque, NM and San Diego, CA. Here’s the schedule.

For now, sending my best to all my friends at TCOYD, the thousands of patients who have benefitted from a TCOYD event, and those who yet will.

TCOYD comes to Tucson February 23rd, pre-register now



TCOYD, which stands for Taking Control of Your Diabetes, has been a fixture in my life for the past 10 years. It’s an incredible one day health fair that’s offered around the country, and it’s coming to Tucson February 23.

For only $15 (or $10 apiece for 2 people or more) if you register by noonFebruary 20th, you get a full day of learning from diabetes experts, endocrinologists, pharmacists and personal trainers who will ignite your motivation, answer your questions, share advice and recommendations, offer hope and can even change your life, or that of someone you love, who’s living with diabetes! Day of the event registration costs $20 per person.

I attended my first TCOYD conference eight years ago and it was there in a workshop being led by psychologist/CDE Bill Polosnky that I heard words that changed my life. He said, “Diabetes doesn’t cause diabetes complications like heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and amputation. Poorly controlled diabetes does.” When I heard that I knew if I really took care of my diabetes, I could improve my health dramatically.

Now here’s your opportunity to learn, do better, take charge of your health, help prevent or delay complications, have fun – and meet other people with diabetes in the process. 

TCOYD’s founder, Dr. Steven Edelman, has been living with type 1 diabetes since he was 15 and decided learning about diabetes shouldn’t just be for medical professionals, but directly reach patients. Now that’s a doctor who “gets it.” So since 1995 TCOYD has been educating patients around the country. Dr. Edelman is 57 today and living well with his diabetes, as am I.

To register, or to get more information, call 800.99.TCOYD (800.998.2693) or visit www.tcoyd.org. If you can’t make it to Tucson, the next event will be in Santa Clara, California on March 23rd. Trust me, you won’t be sorry. This can be the first day of the rest of your better life with diabetes.