Friends and Family
Diabetes is easier when you have friends. So is producing a magazine about living well with diabetes. Here at Diabetes Forecast, we're grateful for a special group of friends who help us bring the magazine to you every month. They're the 12 members of our reader panel, all volunteers who read and comment on articles before they're printed. That helps guarantee that each page of the magazine is clear, informative, and relevant.
We need you for the magazine's reader panel. We'd like to make sure that Diabetes Forecast magazine reflects the experiences and wisdom of people who live with and care about diabetes. Members of the Diabetes Forecast Reader Panel will be surveyed two times a year about story topics; will be asked on occasion to read and comment on stories before publication; may be interviewed as sources for stories; and are invited to share news, information, and concerns that reflect the needs of the diabetes community.
To apply, click here and fill out the form. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2013.
Panel members think about what you might want to read. Natalie Degbor, who has lived with type 1 since childhood, is looking out for your fingers and your A1C. She encouraged us to mention alternate-site testing, which has saved her from sore fingers over the years and helped her to check blood glucose frequently. This month, James Talbert, who lives with type 2, will attend the American Diabetes Association's EXPO Chicago (say hello to him if you go) and report back on the highlights of the health fair.
The members of the reader panel volunteered so that they could make a difference in the lives of people affected by diabetes. Gwen Rodenberger, who lives with type 2, says, "It was a kick in my gut when I was first diagnosed. I've learned that diabetes is not a death sentence; it's manageable. I hope to encourage people." John Niece told us, "I want to help because my daughter was recently diagnosed with type 1 and I have type 2 (diagnosed seven years ago). If there is any way we can get closer to curing this insidious condition, I want to be part of it."
Now, we'd like to hear from you. We're accepting applications for the next group of reader panel members. Please consider the difference that you could make.
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
*Person with diabetes