Hello and happy new year! It’s been awhile! I hope your 2019 is off to a great start and the year brings many great things to come.
The new year is always a time of gratefulness and reflection, which is exactly what this post is about.
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.
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.