“Insights from the First-Ever Diabetes Advocacy MasterLab”

Diabetes Mine 2014
We’re thrilled to see what a success the recent diabetes advocacy MasterLab was during the annual Children with Diabetes Friends For Life conference in Florida.

This was the first-ever event of its kind, a sort of special day-long class to teach people in the D-Community how to be better advocates. It was put together by the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF) and timed for the first day of the CWD FFL conference that just marked its 14th annual event. DHF founder and fellow type 1 Manny Hernandez tells us that about 130 people gathered for the inaugural MasterLab on July 2 – ranging from type 1 and type 2 PWDs, parents of children with diabetes, industry experts, regulatory officials and advocates from other patient communities.

Read my summary here.


“Diabetes Forecast Magazine”

American Diabetes Association- People you Know 2013
Back in 1997 in the North Shore Chicago suburbs, Merle Gleeson was passionate about starting a support group for adults with type 1 diabetes. Frustrated by the lack of information available during short doctor visits, she decided to provide educational meetings as part of her mission. She saw a need to bring adults together to talk about their struggles of living with this chronic disease, so she created the Type 1 Diabetes Lounge.

Read more here.


“Diabetes Blog –”

A Champion Atlete with Diabetes, and a Pied Piper 2014
I was so excited to send out our 8th Champion Athlete With Diabetes medal a few weeks back (I know, I’m writing about our 8th medal winner after I wrote about our 9th medal winner… sue me). Where do I begin?

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“Diabetes Mine “Amazing Advocate”

Diabetes Mine Blog 2012
We love grassroots advocates — regular folks who recognize a need in their community and step up to the plate! Earlier this year, we decided these unsung heroes of the diabetes community deserved a spotlight of their own, which is why we launched our Amazing Advocates series. This month, we’re highlighting Merle Gleeson, a PWD for nearly 50 (!) years who founded the Type 1 Diabetes Lounge almost 15 years ago. As far as diabetes support groups go, Merle is a veteran!

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“No Sugar Added – Straight Talk From Those Living With Diabetes”

The Wilmette Beacon 2012
It’s something that’s touched so many of us. Mothers. Daughters. Fathers and sons. Siblings and friends. You don’t have to be diagnosed with diabetes to understand the challenges that come from living with the disease. And you don’t have to know what it’s like to live with diabetes, to be inspired by the stories of those who are doing it every day.

That’s exactly what you’ll find in “No Sugar Added – Straight Talk From Those Living With Diabetes.”Merle Gleeson, of Wilmette, shares her story about how she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10 in the new full-color book “No Sugar Added – Straight Talk from Those Living with Type 1 Diabetes,” available at

Read more here.