Did you join in our last Twitter chat on November 4, when we featured Christel Aprigliano talking about being a diabetes advocate? Here’s your next chance to get involved in Diabetic Connect’s Twitter chats, being held every Tuesday in November as part of Diabetes Awareness Month. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST, join us to talk about navigating emotions and relationships as a diabetic by using #DCDE.

Diabetic Connect’s Twitter chats give you the opportunity to talk to the diabetic community and get direct responses from professionals, advocates, and fellow diabetics about the things that are most important to you. On Tuesday the 11th's Twitter chat, we will be focusing on the emotional side of diabetes, helping you to answer questions about how you deal with diabetes burnout, connections between diabetes and mental health, and how having diabetes affects your relationships.

Our featured guest is Dr. Gary McClain Ph.D. Dr. Gary is a trained rational-emotive behavior therapist specializing in helping clients deal with the emotional impact of chronic and life-threatening illness. He is the founder of Just Got Diagnosed, a resource for individuals recently diagnosed with chronic or catastrophic medical conditions, their caregivers, and loved ones. Dr. Gary is also a regular contributor to Diabetic Connect.

Jewels Doskicz, a Diabetic Connect advocate and registered nurse, will join all of the November Twitter chats as our moderator. She and our featured guest Dr. Gary will be posting questions for you to respond to (via tweets) so that you can have instantaneous, stimulating, and educational conversation with our guest, moderator, and other participants in our chat.

To get started, create a Twitter profile (if you don’t already have one) and start following Diabetic Connect on Twitter. Become a part of our conversation on Tuesday by using #DCDE (Diabetic Connect Diabetes Education).

Please also join us the following week, Tuesday, November 18 at 9:00 p.m. EST, for Diabetic Connect’s Twitter chat with Amy Campbell, registered Dietitian, CDE, and author of the book Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning. She will lead a discussion on the effects of artificial sweeteners on blood sugar levels.