About the Author

So, who am I? Oh, the endless, universal question. Let’s start with the practicals. I am a 21-year-old college student. I mostly grew up in Alaska, but now I go to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. I have travelled a bit around the world during my life, but I always thirst to see more. I major in biology, which I love because I can use the ideas and theories and motivations in the study of biology to explain most things in life. I am a musician (French horn, mostly). I have had type 1 diabetes for 5.5 years and I am a diabetes advocate. I am extremely interested in Egyptology (bordering on obsession). I am a member of the Novo Nordisk International Diabetes Youth Panel. I plan on going into either public health or wildlife conservation as a career. But most of all, I do not really know what I am right now, I suppose I can only hope this writing project will help me to figure that out.

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  1. Hello Kelly,

    I enjoyed reading your blogs because we are both college students, and although I am not a diabetic, I am currently working with the International Diabetes Federation. Maybe you would like to help us out, especially since you are informed about the UN Resolution.

    You see, we are in the midst of our preparations for the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day (www.worlddiabetesday.org) on 14 November this year, and I wanted to ask you if you would like to help us to spread awareness of this worldwide event and the theme we have chosen for it this year – Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.

    It is estimated that over 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day and there’s no question that the disease often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest, and that children in the developing world can die because their parents are unable to afford medication. In many countries diabetes is still considered an adult disease and as a result can be diagnosed late with severe consequences, including death. Even after diagnosis many children experience poor control and develop complications early.

    This is why one of our key objectives for World Diabetes Day this year is to double the number of children covered by the Life for a Child Program – http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/go/wdd-2007/life-for-a-child. We also want to encourage initiatives that can help to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) and to promote the sort of healthy lifestyles which can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.

    A version of the diabetes circle, the icon we used for our Unite for Diabetes campaign http://www.unitefordiabetes.org/ has now been adopted for World Diabetes Day and we have produced a number of web banners that you can view and download here: http://banners.worlddiabetesday.org.
    The way in which you can help us spread awareness of World Diabetes Day is to add one of the banners to your own blog, which we would really appreciate.

    The UN’s World Diabetes Day Resolution (61/225) was really just the first goal of an ambitious campaign that we have been leading. This is the first time a non-communicable disease has been recognised as a serious threat to global public health and we are hoping now to further raise awareness globally of the disease that is predicted to contribute to 6% of the world’s mortality in 2007.

    If you would like to know more about the UN Resolution and our plans for World Diabetes Day this year, just drop me a line at stephanie.tanner@idf.org, and I will get back to you with more information.

    Many thanks,
    Stephanie Tanner
    IDF – Communications Assistant

  2. Kelly,

    I hope college is going well, as well as your diabetes.

    My name is Stephanie tanner, and I work for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Because you blog about diabetes and are so active in the diabetes campaign, I thought you might take a minute to help us out.

    You see, we are in the midst of our preparations for the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day (www.worlddiabetesday.org) on 14 November this year, and I wanted to ask you if you would like to help us to spread awareness of this worldwide event and the theme we have chosen for it this year – Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.

    It is estimated that over 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day and there’s no question that the disease often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest, and that children in the developing world can die because their parents are unable to afford medication. In many countries diabetes is still considered an adult disease and as a result can be diagnosed late with severe consequences, including death. Even after diagnosis many children experience poor control and develop complications early.

    This is why one of our key objectives for World Diabetes Day this year is to double the number of children covered by the Life for a Child Program – http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/go/wdd-2007/life-for-a-child. We also want to encourage initiatives that can help to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) and to promote the sort of healthy lifestyles which can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.

    A version of the diabetes circle, the icon we used for our Unite for Diabetes campaign http://www.unitefordiabetes.org/ has now been adopted for World Diabetes Day and we have produced a number of web banners that you can view and download here http://banners.worlddiabetesday.org.

    The way in which you can help us spread awareness of World Diabetes Day is to add one of the banners to your own blog, which we would really appreciate.

    The UN’s World Diabetes Day Resolution (61/225) was really just the first goal of an ambitious campaign that we have been leading. This is the first time a non-communicable disease has been recognised as a serious threat to global public health and we are hoping now to further raise awareness globally of the disease that is predicted to contribute to 6% of the world’s mortality in 2007.

    If you would like to know more about the UN Resolution and our plans for World Diabetes Day this year, just drop me a line at stephanie.tanner@idf.org and I will get back to you with more information.

    Many thanks,
    Stephanie Tanner
    IDF – Communications Assistant

  3. I love your site! 🙂

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