My Story

I'm 34.

Type 1 diabetic since March 1984, when I was a little 5-year-old kiddo.
 (Same as my mom, diagnosed with type 1 at the same young age back in the 50s)

 Originally from Southeast Michigan. Been living in Indianapolis since January 2004.

A newspaper journalist by trade, hitting all the various types of papers in my first professional decade out of college - weekly, large and small dailies, and a statewide specialty legal newspaper.

Then, there's Diabetes Advocacy...

It all truly began in about 2006 after finding what's become an ever-expanding Diabetes Online Community. Aside from my creative and journalistic writing, I've been periodically writing about diabetes for more than a decade - first offline in my own computer journal then gradually online through listservs, AOL message boards, community forums, and then a MySpace blog before eventually starting my own free blog in 2005. It was mostly personal journaling and writing that touched on diabetes periodically, but eventually after reading more D-focused blogs online and connecting with the online community that became my focus. The Corner Booth became my own little corner of the world online where I could tell my story of how diabetes has affected my life and how it's changed since I've learned I wasn’t alone.

That led to a new career path, working for DiabetesMine where I've been able to combine my passions for both journalism and diabetes advocacy full-time. So that's where you can find my D-stories and how I'm working to connect the dots. Here, at The Corner Booth, you'll find my personal tales of whatever fits the mood - politics, poetry, my life and family, or anything else that might come to mind!

As a Sigma Pi Fraternity man, I've learned to live by some basic ideals and these are what I strive to make real in my own daily life:

Advancing Truth and Justice
Promote Scholarship
Encourage Chivalry
Diffuse Culture
Develop Character, in the service of God and Man.

That is a part of everything I do, personally and professionally, online and offline. I believe that we're all a part of something bigger than ourselves, and this is just one snapshot of how I work to be a part of that broader human experiment and do my part in whatever small little way I can. In order to change the world, you just have to start in your own little corner of it.

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
~ Robert F. Kennedy