This Twitter chat was hosted by Jewels Doskicz (@She_Sugar) with special guest Christel Marchand Aprigliano (@ThePerfectDBlog). The topic for our night was diabetes advocacy, and there was much to learn.

This live event allowed us to interact in a fast-paced conversation that included thoughtful advice, great diabetes humor, and learning for everyone involved.

We started off with a simple question, asking "What does diabetes advocacy mean to you?"

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The answers to question 1 were as diverse as the great group that came to participate.
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Question 2

Next we moved onto a question about what aspects of diabetes care drive you crazy.

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To watch the video, click here.

Question 3

Next we touched on why advocacy is important and what inspires you to do it.

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Then we asked a follow up question:
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Question 4

The next topic for discussion was about the aspirations of the advocates who had joined us. We asked, "What is the one thing you aspire to do?"

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Challenges and Gifts of Being an Advocate
Our follow-up question asked advocates to consider the challenges and gifts of being an advocate.

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Question 5

Finally, we thought it would be insightful to ask our participants to reflect back on their diagnosis and imagine what an advocate could have shared with them to have made a difference in their diabetes and life.

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Question 6

Of course, whenever you're considering advocacy, you need to also consider your privacy—especially when it comes to your online privacy. So we asked about finding the balance.

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Parting Thoughts

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Thanks to everyone who participated! #DCDE Twitter chats happen every Tuesday night at 9:00 ET. You can join in or follow along using the hashtag #DCDE.