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Diabetic on the Margin: Phyllisa

I can’t remember how I first stumbled upon Phyllisa’s platform. It may have been a moment where I casually searched Instagram for hashtags and people that referenced blackness and diabetes. Regardless, when I found her page, I was drawn to a satirical skit that dissuaded folks from relinquishing their diabetes care to ...

Reflections and Recommendations: Diabetics on the Margin (Part II)

The following article is a continuation of recommendations outlined in Part I (here). These takeaways are in response to the Diabetics on the Margin event hosted in partnership with Beyond Type 1. 5.) RECOMMENDATION: Craft Robust Solutions that Consider Everyone: Vivian Nabeta of the Sonia Nabeta Foundation reminded us ...

Reflections and Recommendations: Diabetics on the Margin (Part I)

  During the Diabetics on the Margin event hosted in partnership with Beyond Type 1, panelists voiced concerns that applied to the general diabetes community. We discussed navigating feelings of guilt when dealing with management, desiring respect when consulting with healthcare professionals, and dealing with the ...

A Visual Recap: Diabetics on the Margin Event

      On Saturday, September 15th, I co-hosted “Diabetics on the Margin” with Beyond Type 1. Their support allowed us to house the event at Homepolish’s beautiful headquarters in NYC. As a result of their partnership, we also received sponsorship from the following companies: Companion Medical, ...

Diabetics on the Margin: Brunch and Panel Discussion

  “We live in a world where people of color are too easily and conveniently forgotten. For me, having the opportunity to join two other women of color living with type 1 diabetes, and show the world that we do matter was euphoric.” Gloria, T1D “I spent almost my entire life as a type 1 diabetic (15 ...

NYC Meet-Up: Volume II

On Saturday, June 23rd, I hosted a NYC meet-up for folks with diabetes and those who support us. We were a diverse group--seasoned and young, and from all racial/ethnic backgrounds who convened at Pennsy Hall. I'm grateful to these friends--new and old, who braved unpredictable weather and gray clouds to grace us with their ...

Fatherhood and Diabetes: Meet Patrick

My final installment of the "Dads Who Are Enough..." series is Patrick--special education teacher, father of three and type 1 diabetic since the age of 26. I first stumbled upon Patrick's Instagram account during my nightly raids of diabetes-related hashtags. Not only was I excited to see a man of color who spoke openly about ...