• Monday Motivation: Good, Better, Best

    When I was in junior high school I had a metal shop teacher who would often recite this quote.  Doug Bierman was his name.  He made it a requirement that each of his students memorize and would randomly call on you in the middle of class and insist that you recite it.  More than 20 years later, I still remember those words by heart.  They are words to live by. Mr. Bierman was one hell of a teacher, coach, and friend.  He passed away in 2015 after a long illness.  He left quite a legacy, and I’m thankful to have been a part of it. Have a great week, and remember that A Little Heart Can Do Big Things!

  • Wednesday Wisdom: I AM

    Recently, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across this image that a friend had posted.  It was posted with challenge to write statements about oneself.  The post reminded me of an “I AM” statement that I wrote back in 2006, during a time when I was really struggling.  A time before I was diagnosed with Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. So, I went searching through the archives to find the words to share again.  Some 12 years later, they are still quite relevant and applicable.  They are a much needed reminder to myself now, as I find myself struggling once again. So, who am I? I am a strong, confident, caring, loving, and passionate man. I have…

  • 2018 WEGO Health Awards Nominations

    I am honored to announce that I have been nominated in three award categories for the 2018 WEGO Health Awards. Those categories are Best in Show: Blog, Best Kept Secret, and Patient Leader Hero. The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100 thousand inspiring Patient Leaders who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – but often without recognition. It is humbling to be nominated for these awards alongside so many other amazing advocates who work so incredibly hard to make a difference…

  • Almost Wordless Wednesday: HealtheVoices18

    In late April, I was fortunate enough to attend the HealtheVoices18 conference in Chicago. The sessions were great, but it’s the connections with the amazing advocates in attendance that mean the most to me.  These images highlight that. The Attendees #MakeDiabetesVisible Patient Advocates who Inspire Me Remember friends, A Little Heart Can Do Big Things Disclaimer: Janssen covered my travel, lodging, and meal expenses for this conference. All thoughts and opinions expressed here on My Diabetic Heart and related social media channels are my own.