Their Faith, and the Cost of Insulin, Compel Them to Defy the Law

QUINNinsulin“To me, calling out the injustice is an obligation,” she says. “If Jesus was on earth today, what would He be doing? Helping those who need it the most. And our U.S. health care system is failing so many and so miserably that this has become a life or death situation.”

I opened up in a recent interview about my work with speaking out about insulin affordability and what negative affect that has had on my career (still wouldn’t change anything), why my faith draws me to this work, and why I choose to defy the law. Click on the link below to read the full article…

https://sojo.net/articles/their-faith-and-cost-insulin-compel-them-defy-law

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How I Educated the US Surgeon General about Diabetes After His Controversial Tweet

A few weeks ago, I was slogging through some clerical work in my home office. Tedious stuff. Needed a break. I logged into Twitter, scrolled through my feed, and came across this tweet from the US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH.

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The tweet—from the US. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD—that started it all!
My visceral reaction was best summed up by the red-faced angry emoji. You see, I travel the country talking to groups about what life with diabetes is like. On multiple occasions, during events on the road, someone in attendance inevitably asks a question that infers that I was diagnosed with diabetes because I’m overweight.

This, of course, is a misnomer: I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during my youth and I would’ve been diagnosed whether I’d been 90 pounds or 290 pounds. It was just a crappy genetic roll of the dice I was on the wrong end of.

Happens to many people. But—and I’m assuming here—most don’t have to navigate their plight while being told (from audience members, sure, but also friends, the media, and, of course, the Twittersphere) that, in essence, they were responsible for creating the disease.
Why the red-faced emoji reaction? Imagine if the public had the misconception that you get cancer because you don’t exercise enough. Imagine you’re diagnosed with cancer. Imagine, a week later, having lunch with a friend who says: “It just sucks that you didn’t exercise more. This could have been avoided.” You’re not looking for pity, but dang— you’re not wanting to defend yourself from an incorrect supposition either. What would you do in that situation? I’ll tell you what you’d do: You’d say nothing. You’d swallow it. Because it’s not worth risking your relationship by responding how that feeling in your gut wants you to respond.

To read the rest of my blogpost click here….

Step Therapy Policy Legislation Needs to Change

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m passionate about helping people with diabetes. My brother and I were diagnosed at ages five and 13 with type 1 diabetes. Growing up in Baxter, Minnesota, our pharmacist dad and our wonderful mom ensured we were on the right track with the correct medications and eating not just healthfully but in line with diabetes guidelines.

I went on to volunteer to help educate others about the disease, serve on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities, and to even speak nationally about my chronic condition. That’s why I’m so bothered by something I’ve heard repeatedly across the country. People are struggling to get the medicines they need because of insurance policies that place unreasonable delays in the process and jeopardize patient health.

In my home state of Minnesota, in addition to others, the big problem is step therapy. Thankfully, legislation is being introduced to change things before it gets worse.

Read the rest of my blogpost at On Track Diabetes…

https://www.ontrackdiabetes.com/blogs/dateline-diabetes-dish/step-therapy-policy-legislation-needs-change

 

Nick Jonas: Will you be my Valentine?

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Be still my heart. Another Valentine’s Day is here and I’m without a Valentine this year. I was dreading the corny Hallmark cards that I was having to pass in the Target aisles, the heart-shaped pizza ads that I was seeing at Papa Murphy’s, and most annoying the couple dinner deals at local restaurants. So when I got the call a couple of weeks ago from my editor at DiabeticLifestyle with the opportunity to interview Nick Jonas…I thought this was my chance for a Valentine’s date with a bonafide diabetes hunk! Though I had recently read the headlines of him romancing Kate Hudson…I thought, well, he must dig blondes. I asked him during the interview about what he looks for in a type-3 diabetic and what he stays away from. (For those who don’t know this term, a type-3 is an endearing term that people with diabetes use for their significant other who is very supportive of your diabetes) and what he stays away from.

Read his answer and the rest of my blog for DiabeticLifestyle here… 

http://www.diabeticlifestyle.com/blogs/dateline-diabetes-dish/nick-jonas-will-you-be-my-valentine

Nick Jonas on Flying the Diabetes Flag High!

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I got the incredible opportunity to interview Nick Jonas a couple weeks ago about what he looks for in a type 3, the positives and negatives about living with diabetes, and those pesky questions that seems to be asked to people living with diabetes.

Read my exclusive interview with this incredible diabetes advocate!

http://www.diabeticlifestyle.com/live-well/celebrities-diabetes/nick-jonas-flying-diabetes-flag-high

 

7500 Views in 48 Hours

Signing a copy of my book for a parent of a teenage girl living with diabetes.

Signing a copy of my book for a parent of a teenage girl living with diabetes.

For the last two years I’ve been blogging for another diabetes website. I decided to stop with that because it had started to not become as fun for me anymore. I wanted to get back to purely writing for myself on my little WordPress site. Unrestricted. Not influenced by what content or messaging they had on their homepage. I feel most centered when I’m speaking about my diabetes journey. I realize not one d-journey is the same…but I hope to be a voice to those who need one.

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The Video that got 7,500 hits in 48 hours

I was playing around with a new Facebook video feature last week and posted a year-old video that I had filmed by a guy friend of mine who I met through Bible study last January. Imagine my shock when I went back on my FB two days later to see the video had almost 7,500 views! The video is something that I’m really proud of and I wanted you all to know why filming that video helped me break aways chains to bring me freedom again….

Him and I worked on a concept and he suggested that I bring in my figure skating background to weave into the story. That didn’t sound like a good idea to me. Since beginning treatment (for bulimia), I had not laced up my skates. During my tough years of struggling with an eating disorder, it made me feel not good enough. The old things that I loved to do were not fun for me anymore. I hadn’t played a note on the piano since leaving the pageant scene in 2010 and hadn’t laced up skating boots since 2007.

I didn’t even have my pair of skates at my apartment in Minneapolis. He told me he wanted to show another aspect of my life, other then just living with diabetes. I bought a $25 pair of figure skates off of Craigslist and brought them to get sharpened the morning of the filming. He told me he had picked out a small pond that he thought would remind me of the days when I learned to figure skate in my parent’s backyard.

My book got published last January by River Place Press.

My book got published last January by River Place Press.

I had to get to the point that day that my history of being sick with an eating disorder did not have to dictate my destiny. If living with diabetes for 16 years has taught me anything…it’s that you may have tough days and fall, but the next day is a new one and you must find strength in the Lord and pick yourself back up.

Skating around that pond last February reminded me of my love of the sport. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t whip off jumps and spins anymore. What mattered was that I laced those boots up after years of fearing of not being good enough on that ice.

Publishing my book last January about my journey living with diabetes has fueled my desire to want to continue to speak out about my personal story. Tomorrow I head to Washington, D.C. to speak to over 100 Novo Nordisk employees about being an effective diabetes advocate and on Wednesday we will march the Hill. Send prayers my way!

Please take a moment to watch the video and let me know of a time where you overcame a fear….

To learn more about the work I do for diabetes, or to see if I’m speaking in a town near you, check out my website….www.QuinnNystrom.com

Next week’s blog post –  JD will write on what it was like for him to shoot a video and learn more about diabetes from another angle.