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ADVOCATE: n. [ad-vuh-kit, -keyt]: a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc.

It’s really not very hard … and it’s really important. After all, who’s more important to your own life than you? It is survival.


21th Annual Shooting Stars JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Newport Beach, CA at The Waffle House

For a contribution of $50 (or MORE!), walkers will receive a VERY COOL Shooting Stars Team T-Shirt while supplies last. Contact Joanne if you are interested in attending the event. To donate on-line, please go to:

DiabetesMine: Stuck Waiting for Medicare CGM Access

Mike Hoskins of DiabetesMine just posted: Stuck Waiting for Medicare CGM Access, about the saga of Medicare coverage (or not) of CGM, ever since their ruling to cover CGM was announced on 12 January 2017.  It’s been a rocky roller coaster for all Medicare-covered T1s trying to order their Dexcom G5 supplies.  And the end is not in sight. 

He cited my posts on this topic:
Another PWD caught up in this is our D-blogging friend Joanne Milo in California who writes at The Savvy Diabetic and has shed some light on a new ruling on this Medicare CGM coverage issue recently.
“The new article indicates that if Medicare beneficiaries use their Dexcom G5 with a smart phone, even if such use is in addition to using the receiver that comes with the Dexcom G5 system, all the CGM supplies will be non-covered,” she writes. “…This novel restriction appears to be designed to ensure that the only CGM that is covered by Medicare will not be covered for those individuals who use it to its full functionality to monitor their glucose levels.”
Read more: Stuck Waiting for Medicare CGM Access

Savvy in Hollywood: Talking about Advocates

I had another great opportunity to be a T1d cohost on The Bonnie Sher Show … she now calls me her “Roving T1 Co Host”!  And I got to talk about an issue that I feel is extremely important to us T1ds.  (By the way, my section stars at 30 minutes into the broadcast!)


Identify what you need an advocate to do
How to choose and ask someone to be your advocate
And then how to educate and train your advocate and give him/her tools and lists

We are all taught the word CONTROL when we are first diagnosed.  And many of us avoid situations (such as hospitals) where we have the CONTROL taken away from us.  But we can’t always predict when we might be in that situation (my experiences had nothing to do directly with diabetes, such as appendicitis when I was 3000 miles away from home).  The next best thing to staying away from those situations is BEING PREPARED. 

I’d love to enlist your help and feedback as I develop a workbook and task list to educate your advocates.  I’ve set up a page on my website called Advocate … and an email address: Please make comments and send me emails on any ideas or needs you might think we could all use.  If you’ve developed a great way of training someone to be your advocate, please share that with me by email. If you have diagrams or checklists or pictures, please let me know if I might share them.

Let’s create something that helps us, our advocates and ultimately, the health care professionals treat us in the best healthful way, to get you home quickly and without undue excitement.

I’m looking forward to your help!  Many […]

Savvy Goes to Hollywood AGAIN!

Here I go again … to HOLLYWOOD! 
I’ll be on The Bonnie Sher Show TOMORROW, Thursday, 30 March 2017, in the studio with Bonnie, as her T1d Cohost! 
Please tune in at 2pm est: The Bonnie Sher Show – Boomer Life

Universal Broadcast Network, Channel 2
Listen to the show online at
Interact with questions and comments by telephone: 1-323-843-2826
and on Twitter: 21bonniesher or #BSherRadio

Bonnie interviews Betty Kelley of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at 2pm.
Then, at 2:30pm, we’ll be talking about ADVOCATES:

How do you find advocates?
How do you help them know what you need them to do?

I’ll be talking about this VERY essential topic that can affect our lives at any moment … and what we can do to be prepared. 
AND PLEASE, I need your input! 

What do you think is the most important thing that an advocate needs to know? 

What tools does your advocate need to step in and help you, either at a doctor’s office or in the ER or hospital?

Have any thoughts or suggestions?  Send me an email at