Diagnosed with diabetes in 2002, my patient advocacy journey started with finding other people with diabetes on Twitter and through personal patient blogs. Soon after discovering that I was not alone with this disease, I began developing my own voice on my personal blog, A Consequence of Hypoglycemia. That initial act of sharing has inspired other opportunities for story sharing, empathy building, and patient advocacy.
My podcast, Just Talking, features casual conversations with interesting, inspiring, and innovative people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and industries. My second podcasting effort, 2 Big Topics, features a more thorough and thoughtful conversation about two different topics each month with veteran podcaster and longtime friend, Parris Lilly. Recently, I launched my newest podcast, Mark All That Apply, a conversation about race and identity with my sister Jeanette, where we discuss her PhD pursuit, and our experiences as multiracial siblings.
I built a platform that promotes the anonymous sharing of secrets from chronic disease communities called My Disease Secret. Currently, My Disease Secret reaches the diabetes, cancer, chronic pain, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, lupus, IBD, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorder, and mental health communities.
As Community Manager at Tidepool, I share product updates, collect and share stories from the Tidepool and broader diabetes community, and help foster an open dialog between patients, providers, researchers, and developers with the goal of making diabetes management a little bit easier.
I believe in the power of storytelling, that the stories we share strengthen patient communities, and that every story is worth telling no matter how ordinary it may appear to be on the surface.
You can find me in Atlanta with my wife, two cats, and a growing bird feeder collection.