Advocating

I saw a lady today in line at Walmart and she was staring at me.  She did not look familiar to me so I was trying to remember if I know her through her kids that may know my kids.  Nothing came.  I was next in line and she came up and started the conversation with I remember you from when you were on the Dr OZ show.  Then she asked lot’s of questions ending with I hope I run into you again.  It was nice to run into this sweet lady and it brought back all kinds of great memories of when I was in New York and was on the Dr OZ show.  🙂

I was over at my sisters new home yesterday and she said a lady from church was over.  She said she asked the lady if she knew me and as my sister described me and said something about being a diabetes advocate the lady said oh of coarse I know your sister I met her at a health fair and I remember when she was on the Dr. OZ show.  LOL  I meet so many wonderful people as I travel and do health fairs and speak at so many different kinds of venues.  I love it!  Today these to things caused me to reflect on the past 9 years.  Boy have I come along way.  I love advocating for diabetes with even more passion for the cause the more people living with diabetes that I meet along the way both type 1 and type 2 I gain more passion for the cause.  The diabetes community is very near and dear to my heart and I really feel blessed to keep getting opportunities to share my journey. I posted a video and pic because many I met in Washington have not seen the clip from the Dr OZ show.

Most recently I was in Washington speaking at a Diabetes Educator conference.  I loved being around all of these great people that wanted to know more about my journey.  They daily help so many people living with diabetes.  I always include these amazing educators in our community.  They love their patients and want their patients to succeed.  I heard many say I love what I do and that they could tell that I love what I do.  Hearing that inspired me even more to keep giving to this wonderful community.

My son Mason since he was just a little boy use to ask if he could go to my speaking engagements, events. He said tell them I am your trainer, I help you remember to take your medication, anything so I can go with you.  Sneak me in the suite case.  Mom I really want to go!!  I would always say I am sorry Mason it’s just me going.  Maybe someday.  Well that someday came and we had a blast.  What a wonderful Mother-Son trip we had.  Mason has never seen me speak at a big big event so I was so touched when he said wow Mom you did great.  I was just so happy he got to come and fill my days with fun adventure, shopping, movies and temple visit and go karts.

 

True Champions ~ Living with Diabetes

Jill Knapp Diabetes Advocate

In this Episode of True Champions Type 2 Diabetes, we meet Jill, a former dancer who was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes later in life. After facing a series of struggles, Jill turned to food as a source of comfort. Frustrated and caught in a cycle of binge-eating, Jill began to notice symptoms of diabetes, and was soon diagnosed by her doctor as having Type 2 Diabetes. In learning how to manage and treat her diabetes, Jill has also learned how to fully become and embrace herself.

Click below to watch the entire episode.

Meet Jill Knapp

 

Diabetes Link Up Conferecne

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I was blessed to attend a Diabetes Linkup conference Just outside of Washington DC in Maryland.  This event took place at the beginning of November.  Such a perfect way to start out Diabetes Awareness Month.    This event was put on by  AstraZeneca.  It brought together patient advocates from the Diabetes Community.  I was proud to be apart of this linkup and loved that our main conversation was about how to grow our Type 2 Diabetes Community and how to grow the voice of Type 2 through advocates and in our community.  We also got to tour the lab and see how medications are made.  That was cool!!

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I left feeling empowered and feeling like 2gether we can achieve anything.

With that said there are the wonderful people that attended and that I got to meet and get to know. These are all inspiring people with great web sites and are all doing great things in the name of Diabetes.

The wonderful Anna Norton, who runs  DiabetesSisters).

 Dr. P , Dr. Phyllisa Smith Deroze of Diagnosed Not Defeated;

Bill Gould of I Run Diabetes;

Mike Hoskins- Diabetes Mine 

Kathleen Weaver of Living with Diabetes and Lapband (plus her D-alert beagle named

Gene Kunde of Diabetes Hands Foundation;

Shelby Kinnaird of Diabetic Foodie;

Sarah Odeh of the diaTribe Foundation;

Michele Tuck-Ponder of Diabetes While Black

Meet Jill Knapp ~ Diabetes Documentary pre launch clip

Diabetes Late Nite!!

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TUNE IN: August’s Diabetes Late Nite show on ‘ANGER & DIABETES’ on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 6- 7:30 PM, EST. Hosted by Mr. Divabetic. His guests include Author of “Overcoming Destructive Anger”  Dr. Bernard Golden PhD, Dr. Lori Shemek PhD, Susan Weiner MS, RD, CDE, CDN, Laura Laria, Jill Knapp- Woolsey, Poet Lorraine Brooks, Mama Rose Marie, and the Charlie’s Angels Outreach. Throughout the podcast we will be playing selected songs from Essential Evelyn “Champagne” King courtesy of SONY Music.

Diabetes Late Nite is a fast-paced, full-filled hour of diabetes education and wellness advice that encourages listeners to “laugh a little, learn a lot.”

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