Every Tuesday night during Diabetes Awareness Month (November 2014), Diabetic Connect will be hosting a one-hour Twitter chat on our Twitter profile using the hashtag #DCDE which stands for Diabetic Connect Diabetes Education. The chat will happen at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Make sure to follow our Twitter profile so you can participate.

Jewels Doskicz, Diabetic Connect advocate and registered nurse, will host the chats. Jewels has type 1 diabetes, but continues to live a healthy life with her two daughters (one of whom also has type 1 diabetes) in northern Arizona.

How Does a Twitter Chat Work?

Our moderator, Jewels Doskicz, and a special guest each week will post questions and everyone participating can respond directly to the question and to one another. These responses or tweets (messages in 140 characters or less) generate informational and opinionated conversations and the sharing of key insights and links that will help you better manage your diabetes. You’ll be able to have instantaneous conversations with diabetes experts and advocates as well as diabetics like you.

Be ready to share your experiences and to learn together. We plan to for these chats to be truly educational. Our hope is that you will leave each chat feeling hopeful and ready to tackle the daily challenges diabetes may bring you.

To get started, create a Twitter profile (if you don’t already have one) and follow Diabetic Connect on Twitter. Then on the appointed day and hour, you can look for the #DCDE hashtag by using the search bar on Twitter’s website and then finding and joining people tweeting as part of the chat. Remember to use the hashtag #DCDE when you post your comments or replies.

If you’re not familiar with how Twitter works and how it is being used effectively to share diabetes information, read this article written by Jewels.

Our Twitter Chats

Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. EST- Our featured guest will be Christel Aprigliano, diabetes patient advocate, the writer of the blog The Perfect D and the founder of the Diabetes Unconference launching in March 2015. We will discuss how you can become a diabetes advocate and why this role is so important to helping people with diabetes.

Tuesday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. EST- Our featured guest will be Dr. Gary McClain Ph.D., our Diabetic Connect expert and clinical psychologist specializing in helping patients with chronic illnesses. He will be leading the discussion on the effect diabetes has on our emotions and relationships. Some of his questions will include “What impact has diabetes had on your relationship?” and “Do your emotions get in the way of making good health choices?” and “How do you cope with stress?” He will also talk about the most effective ways to deal with burnout.

Tuesday, November 18 at 9:00 p.m. EST- Our featured guest will be Amy Campbell, registered dietitian, CDE, and author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and contributing author to several other books on diabetes. She will be leading the discussion on the effects of artificial sweeteners, found in sugar-free sodas and other products, have on blood sugar levels, based on a review done by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. She will discuss their safety and how diabetics can consume them properly.

Tuesday, November 25 at 9:00 p.m. EST- This chat will be led by Jewels and joined by members of the Diabetic Connect staff. We will discuss how to make Thanksgiving recipes diabetic-friendly, such as half mashed potatoes half mashed cauliflower in place of the traditional mashed potatoes dish. Share your recipes and tips for keeping the feast healthy so everyone can have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.