How To Apply a GrifGrip By Yourself – This Is How I Do Diabetes – Tips & Tricks

This week I demonstrate how I apply a GrifGrip to keep my Dexcom on for longer by myself, and how you can too!

Self-reliance is a beautiful and empowering thing when it comes to living well with diabetes. Hope this short video helps you feel more confident when tackling tasks solo!

Leave a comment and let me know what you do differently, or if you have a tip or trick that works great for you so we can continue to learn and grow together as a community!

If you choose to share how YOU do diabetes anywhere on social media, use the #ThisIsHowIDoDiabetes so I can find and share your posts!

Please share these videos with anyone you think could benefit from the info 🙂

Thanks for watching!

DISCLAIMER: The thoughts and opinions expressed in this video are strictly my own and are not associated with any company mentioned. I was not approached or compensated for the making of this video.

I am NOT a medical doctor. In NO WAY should the information in this video be substituted for medical advice.

Rachel Sanchez Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Ep. 61


As usual, I had a great time getting to know another awesome member of our diabetes community, Rachel Sanchez. Her personality is bubbly and fun, her smile is contagious, and her outlook on life with diabetes is inspiring!

Rachel was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7 in 1994. After spending years working toward and landing her “dream job” as an attorney, she quickly discovered, as she put it, “this isn’t for me.” It didn’t take much soul searching for her to realize that her true passion was the very same thing she spent hours thinking about each day: diabetes!

Rachel now manages Content, Communications, and Customer Success at One Drop. One Drop’s mission is to make managing diabetes an integrated part of your lifestyle — something that empowers, motivates, and keeps you mindful.

See more awesomeness from Rachel and One Drop at:


Twitter and Instagram: @onedroprachel

One Drop

Follow everything One Drop at @onedroptoday

Mike Barry Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Ep. 60


Mike Barry is, simply put, one awesome dude. We met first online in the DOC, then in person last year at the first Diabetes UnConference in Las Vegas.

In our interview, he shares his story of living with type 1 diabetes since 1984, losing 100-ish pounds and keeping it off, preparing for and running marathons out of the blue, and more.

I love Mike’s easy-going attitude and his willingness to roll with the diabetes punches, learn lessons, and keep moving!

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Tony Hightower Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Ep. 59


I had so much fun interviewing Tony in this week’s episode! He’s a fun, generous, overall great guy who loves being of service to the diabetes community. We originally met at the first Diabetes UnConference in 2015, then stayed in touch and got the chance to hang out again a couple of months ago at the 2016 Masterlab sessions in Orlando.

In this interview we talk about the incredible power of peer to peer support, following his passion for riding bikes to raise money for diabetes awareness, and using Afrezza as his ONLY fast acting insulin. Lots of good stuff in there!

Tony Hightower was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13, and has spent his adult life seeking to raise awareness, educate, and support diabetes research efforts.

As an avid cyclist, Tony co-founded a cycling team called “Duck Fiabetes,” and has leveraged this passion to raise over $60,000 for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. Tony was also recently a camp counselor at Camp Hodia, a camp for diabetic youth, to 12 teenage boys.

He was born and raised in Northern California, and owns and operates an industrial Shrink wrap business.

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Jeff Dachis Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Ep. 58


I love getting the chance to meet people like Jeff who are incredibly passionate about innovating new ways to make life for those of us with diabetes a little easier to manage. It makes it even more impactful when these innovations come from one’s own experience with diabetes.

Jeffrey Dachis is the CEO and Founder of OneDrop, a simple, powerful and convenient mobile platform for managing diabetes, born from his own experience as a newly diagnosed Type 1 LADA (September 2013).

His desire to bring the quantified self movement, internet of things, big data and mobile computing to people with diabetes in a simple, fully integrated solution led him to create One Drop – which won “Best Design” at the LAUNCH 2015 Festival.

See more awesomeness from Jeff and One Drop at:

One Drop Website

One Drop on Facebook

One Drop on Twitter

One Drop on Vimeo

Dr. Mark Heyman Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Ep. 57

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I’m grateful that I had the chance to meet Mark at the Masterlab sessions hosted by the Diabetes Hands Foundation last month! He’s a super nice, easy to talk to, down-to-earth guy who truly loves to serve the diabetes community. Check out our interview to hear his perspectives on walking the path to living happy and healthy with diabetes 🙂

Dr. Mark Heyman is a diabetes psychologist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Founder and Director of the Center for Diabetes and Mental Health (CDMH). He provides education and evidence-based clinical treatment to people with diabetes, cutting-edge training to health care providers, and innovative program development and strategic consulting services to the diabetes business community. He has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1999.

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Twitter: @diabeticpsych

Amber Clour Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Ep. 56

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I am so happy to have met Amber last month at the Masterlab diabetes advocacy conference. We clicked immediately, and as you will see in this interview have no issues discussing any and everything diabetes and life related!

Real talk alert: there are some not too commonly discussed topics that we touch base on throughout the interview 🙂

21 days after her eighth birthday, Amber was rushed to Children’s Hospital where she spent two weeks learning how to live life with type 1 diabetes. She has embraced the thought of being a walking science project and continues to maintain stable blood sugars most of the time while living life to the fullest.

In 2015 she stepped down as Executive Director for a community artspace and gallery to pursue her drive to co-found the and co-host the Real Life Diabetes Podcast. Amber’s “no filter” approach to sharing her story gives an honest look into her daily life in hopes of letting others know they aren’t alone on this T1D journey.

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