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Chris Snider: Tidepool by Day, "Just Talking" Podcast by Night

Chris Snider: Tidepool by Day, "Just Talking" Podcast by Night

Tidepool is a powerful data collection and analysis tool. One that will change the way individuals with diabetes can integrate data and contribute that data to change the way we live with diabetes in the future. Exciting stuff. 

I found out about Tidepool from Chris Snider at the JDRF TypeOneNation Research Summit-- he was representing Tidepool while I speaking on balancing sports and T1D management. Not only is Chris the Community Manager for Tidepool, but he also has T1D himself and hosts a podcast: Just Talking. I even got the opportunity to sit down with Chris and talk about med school, The Marathon We Live, running the Boston Marathon, and cheering for the Washington Capitals.

Here, Chris shares Tidepool's mission, uses, and future directions.

Lessons from Writing The Marathon We Live: Training For a Personal Best in Life With Type 1 Diabetes

Lessons from Writing The Marathon We Live: Training For a Personal Best in Life With Type 1 Diabetes

The day after graduating from college in May 2015, one of my mentors, Dr. Ickes, had a final assignment: I was to submit an outline for The Marathon We Live: Training for a Personal Best in Life with Type 1 Diabetes...a book I pledged to write before starting medical school. I thought it would be like writing a college essay, but a bit longer. After making the outline, I would follow through linearly one section at a time and then tweak as needed. I estimated that with hard work, this process would take around 3-6 months. 

As I tried (unsuccessfully) to rip an entire 180-page draft about nine months later, I realized how naïve that actually was. When I started to research and write, my outline changed. Many, many times. So did my target audience. So did my title. So did my tone. In fact, everything about every book I looked at changed.

Aaron Johnson: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But If You Try Sometimes….

Aaron Johnson: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But If You Try Sometimes….

I never knew what I wanted to do with my life.  People told me all along the way that I’d figure it out.  In high school, in my undergraduate studies, and then again after I entered the “real world”.  I’ve spent my days surrounded by the inspired.  My brother is a political junky.  He’s always wanted to be involved in public policy and knew from an early age that’s what he wanted to do.  It drives him.  My wife is an ASL interpreter.  She found in her teen years she wanted to help the Deaf bridge the gap in communication.  She’s immersed herself in the community, she even interprets for people who are both deaf and blind.  She’s one of the top in her field.  I’m so very proud of these people.  They are successful, hard working, and driven.  If I’m honest with myself, I’m also extremely jealous of these people.  Not because of their success, or pay, or anything materialistic or tangible.  I’m jealous because they’ve found their “WHY”.