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DSMALive 'Rents talks about being teh 'Rent of Grown Kids with Melinda Vahradian
Melinda is the mother of 3 grown sons: Daniel, 25, getting his MS in Kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton, Michael 22, dxd with Type 1 diabetes on 6/30/97 at age 5, he just finished his BA in Psychology at UCSC in 3.5 years and is currently pursuing his dream of coaching soccer and Dylan, 20, a triple major ( Spanish, Political Science and Philosphy) at the University of Portland.
She have been married to her husband, Scott, for 27 years. Melinda has been involved in teaching Special Education for the last 30 years. She also enjoy watercolor painting, photography, gardening, pets, and collecting sea glass.
Joe Solowiejczyk is a healthcare professional who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 40 years. Joe is President and founder of A Mile in My Shoes, a company that publishes books & produces videos on patient self-management and psychological coping as well as providing counseling and training to patients, families and health care professionals.
Having worked in the field of diabetes for over 35 years, and a person living with Type 1 diabetes for 52 years, his work focuses on translating his personal & professional experiences into unique patient care programs. As a nurse, diabetes educator and family therapist, he specializes in assessing how family dynamics impact the management of diabetes and designs interventions that result in more effective coping and optimal metabolic control.
Joe works extensively with both patients and professionals on the Family-Approach to Diabetes Management. He works with pediatric patients and their families in hospital clinics and private physicians’ offices, and conducts workshops nationally and abroad for parents to help them cope with their child’s diagnosis and daily challenge of living with diabetes. He designs educational and counseling programs for both children and adults with diabetes, as well as seminars for health care professionals on integrating family therapy into clinical practice.
He is a faculty member of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute and Children with Diabetes. As President of A Mile In My Shoes, Joe provides consulting expertise to pharmaceutical companies and health care marketing firms in the development of unique and positive partnerships among healthcare professionals, patients and products.
Joe has appeared in San Francisco/Bay Area newspapers, local and national television and radio, as well as NPR's “All Things Considered”.
DSMA Live Parents Talk with Kerri Sparling.
Her new book is available on Amazon and other fine book outlets.
Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well
When a person receives a diagnosis of diabetes, he or she starts a process of adjusting and making sense of the new normal living with a chronic disease. A large part of that adjustment is figuring out how to balance diabetes with all the intricacies of a life outside of diabetes care. In Balancing Diabetes, diabetes online community blogger Kerri Sparling compiles strategies used by people with diabetes and their caregivers to bring that elusive balance into their lives. Whether adult or child, type 1 or type 2, spouse or caregiver, male or female, people in the diabetes world will find themselves in this book and be inspired by the commonality of that continuing search for balance.
DSAM Live Talks Shots.
Most folks get their insulin with multiple daily injectsions. We will talek insulin, statagey and success with DMI with our guest:
Wilf is a water scientist who work mainly with environmental groups across the province of Ontario. In terms of diabetes, He's the dad of an 18 year old who has had Type 1 Diabetes since she was 10. She has been on MDI the whole time, and they have tried all commercially available insulins in pretty much any possible combination in that time. She is currently finishing high school and an enthusiastic distance runner.
Wilf is a respected and regular poster on the Children With Diabetes Forums.
Sherry is a former RN - soon to be a practicing RN once more. She last practiced nursing when her first born daughter was a year old. With the birth of a second daughter she decided to focus on parenthood. Little did she know that her nursing background would become part of parenting with a diabetes diagnosis of her two year old.
The theme of Sherry's life as the parent of a child with diabetes and a nurse re-entering the workforce seems to be ‘balance’ — balance in both her life and the lives of her children, particularly that of her child with diabetes. Sherry is always seeking balance — always self analyzing and evaluating to ensure she maintain perspective and haven’t become too narrow in her focus.
Jeff Hitchcock is the president and founder of Children with Diabetes, Inc. (CWD). CWD hosts one of the largest diabetes-related web sites in the world at www.childrenwithdiabetes.com. The site hosts over 20,000 visitors per day from countries around the world. CWD also hosts educational and support conferences throughout the year, including its national Friends for Life conference held each year in Orlando, Florida. Thousands of people from across the US and the world attend.
Jeff founded Children with Diabetes in June 1995 to share his family’s experiences in raising a child with diabetes. Marissa, Jeff and Brenda’s first child, was diagnosed in September 1989 at the age of 24 months. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in May 2009, married Adam in 2012, and welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world in September of 2013.
Children with Diabetes is an Ohio-based non-profit that provides unbiased, science-based education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
'Rents - DSMA Live: Parents Talk Alexis Newell
9:00 PM Eastern 1/21/13
Alexis Newell is a mother of two boys Justice age 10 (type 1 and a JDRF youth ambassador), and Synsyre age 7, and wife to Terrence. Although her advocacy is majorly focused on her son Justice, diabetes is no stranger to her family. Her grandmother is type 1 for 25 years ago, and both her husband and father are type 2 diagnosed in the last 3 years.
DSMA ‘Rents 12/3/12 Guest | Meri Schuhmacher of “Our Diabetic Life”
We hope you will join us for our next episode of DSMA Live: Parents Talk when our guest will be Meri Schuhmacher:
Meri is the mother to four boys, three whom have Type 1 Diabetes. She is an active advocate within the Diabetes Online Community and authors the blog, Our Diabetic Life. Meri lost her husband to Cancer in September of this year, and is currently navigating her way through grief and the overwhelming responsibility of jumping back into the workforce. Muddling her way through with humor and hope, she wishes every family to know they are not alone in their circumstance.
Tune in to Blog Talk Radio at 9PM EST this coming Monday and join Bennet, Cherise and myself as we get to know Meri a little bit better.
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