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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:

Meet Cassidy Robinson, T1 and Biking Across the US!

Excerpt from my interview with Cassidy Robinson, published on DiabetesMine, 14 April 2017

I met Cassidy Robinson years ago at a JDRF Type One Summit on a beautiful Sunday morning in Orange County, CA. It was a morning filled with inspirational speakers and informational sessions… and then finally lunch! I ended up sitting next to this 20-something T1 and we struck up a conversation. She was diagnosed at age 2 but didn’t really start taking her diabetes management seriously until her early 20s, she told me. She got connected to a local support group and the Diabetes Online Community, and the rest is history!

Cassidy and I stayed in touch. She was born, raised and living/working in Southern California, but the next thing I knew, she had upped and moved to Manhattan! I’m a native New Yorker and was so excited for her to experience NY and the East Coast.

When I had an opportunity for our local D-support group to participate in a pilot program for online counseling to discuss resiliency, Cassidy jumped right in, even though it meant going online every two weeks at 9pm NY time (yeah, she’s young, it really wasn’t keeping her up late!).

And then, the next thing I hear: Cassidy is one of 22 T1 bike riders participating this summer in the Beyond Type 1 Bike Beyond program. This is a ride from New York City all the way to San Francisco — really, about 4,300 miles over the span of 70 days (60 riding and 10 days of events and PR).

Read more:  Biking Across America with Type 1 Diabetes








And for MORE Cassidy … she was recently a T1 CoHost on The Bonnier Sher UBN Internet Radio/TV weekly broadcast and she […]

DiabetesMine Test Kitchen Video: What is NIGHTSCOUT?


Here’s a link to my first video – a review of Nightscout.  Please let us know what you think!


VIDEO: What is NIGHTSCOUT and How To Set It Up

NIGHTSCOUT is an open source, do it yourself project (you do all the setup yourself) that lets you access real-time data from your Dexcom G4 CGM on web browsers by smartphones, computers, tablets and the Pebble smartwatch.    

OK, so what does that really mean, in plain English? Nightscout is an application that is written by programmers that allows you go transfer your Dexcom G4 readings to an Android phone, which, by Bluetooth, sends the data to the cloud (by a technical complicated way) into the Nightscout application. Then any device that has the Nightscout application loaded can download your readings, onto their phones, computers or tablets, from anywhere in the world.  

The purpose of NIGHTSCOUT is to allow remote monitoring of glucose levels by Type 1’s and others, such as parents, teachers, medical folks and spouses, by monitoring NightScout on their smart phones, computers or tablets.

NIGHTSCOUT is not a company but rather a system developed by software and code engineers who were impatient about waiting for the big companies to let us have our data … hence the slogan: #WeAreNotWaiting. In fact, they feel very proud that their efforts are, in part, responsible for pushing Dexcom to bring Dexcom Share to market.