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Putting One Foot In Front of The Other

Join leading diabetes bloggers and esteemed members of the medical community for a provocative discussion about the realities of living with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) and the role of the blogging community in talking about life with diabetes complications. We’ll discuss how people with diabetes can know if symptoms are likely DPN and what the prognosis is for someone with DPN? What are the treatment options and can DPN be reversed? And in what will arguably be the most important discussion of the panel – Do diabetes bloggers have a duty to their audience to delve into these darker, more difficult conversations?

Panelists did not receive compensation from the conference sponsor. Participation by panelists does not represent an endorsement of the conference sponsor or its products.”

Dr Bruce S. Trippe

Bruce TrippeDr Bruce S. Trippe earned his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine. His internship and residency were completed at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He completed a combined fellowship in endocrinology at the National Institute of Health and Washington Hospital Center, and then served as chief resident and clinical instructor in internal medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr Trippe is in private practice in Montgomery, Alabama, and a clinical researcher in diabetes, metabolic weight loss, growth hormone deficiency syndrome, and thyroid cancer research. (He is the #1 insulin pump provider.) In addition, he is a national lecturer on the topics of endocrinology and metabolism, and was one of the first lecturers on insulin resistance syndrome (Syndrome X). Dr Trippe is a consultant to major hospitals in South East Alabama, a resident tutor in endocrinology, and a founding member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He has been in practice for 33 years.

Dr Steven Maynard

Steven MaynardDr. Steven Maynard graduated from medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He did a three year residency in neurology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and completed a fellowship in epileptology, also at the University of Illinois. While in Chicago he taught at the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine. He now teaches neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Terre Haute, Indiana. He has given the second year medical school lecture on polyneuropathy for 28 years. Dr. Maynard is also has a private practice of adult neurology in Terre Haute.

Dr. Maynard has a large population of patients with diabetic neuropathy and is actively involved in managing patients with this condition. He has just completed a research project on treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Maynard has lectured throughout the country on treatment of diabetic neuropathy and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Last month he gave a presentation on Alzheimer’s disease at the American Academy of Neurology convention held in San Diego. Dr. Maynard has also coauthored a pamphlet on diabetic neuropathy which was sponsored by Pfizer.


George Simmons

George SimmonsGeorge Simmons is a father of two and husband who has been living with type 1 diabetes for over20 years. George began blogging a way to meet other people with diabetes and to share his story in hopes that it would help others feel less alone.

His personal blog called “Ninjabetic“ serves as a place for George to express his frustrations, triumphs, and failures.

In June 2006, George began insulin pump therapy which has helped lower his A1C and now he also uses a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor to better his overall management of his diabetes. He frequently uses his sense of humor as a tool to help not only himself but others through the mental struggle and strain that diabetes can create. Always known to wear his heart on his sleeve, this native Southern Californian loves to listen as much as he loves to talk. Being a “shoulder to lean on” for family and friends is one of the things that brings him joy. You can follow him on Twitter at @Ninjabetic.

Kerri Sparling

Kerri SparlingKerri Morrone Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 26 years, diagnosed in 1986. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.”

Kerri is a passionate advocate for all-things diabetes. She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a global audience of patients, caregivers, and industry. Outside of her blog, Kerri’s work can be found at diaTribe, dLife, and in diabetes outreach like JDRF’s Countdown magazine, in addition to her extensive diabetes YouTube channel. Well-versed in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents regularly at conferences, advocacy events such as BlogHer, Digital Pharma, Doctors 2.0 & You, SXSWi, and diabetes-specific events hosted by advocacy chapters. She currently works full-time as a writer and consultant.

Kerri and her husband, Chris, live in Rhode Island, USA with their daughter. You can follow her on Twitter at @sixuntilme.

Karen Graffeo

Karen GraffeoKaren was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1979, at the age of 11. For most of her life she didn’t know anyone else with diabetes, and often used to hide diabetes from others because she didn’t like feeling “different”. That all changed in 2008 when Karen started her diabetes blog, Bitter-Sweet, and became immersed in the diabetes online community. She also advocates offline and is involved with two JDRF chapters in her home state of Connecticut. Her tag-line at Bitter-Sweet best sums up what she’s come to realize over the years . . . . life with diabetes isn’t all bad. Follow Karen on Twitter at @KarenBittrSweet.



Scott Johnson – Moderator

Scott JohnsonScott K. Johnson has lived with type 1 diabetes since April of 1980.

He recognizes the incredible mental and emotional struggle of living with diabetes.

Scott has been active in the diabetes online community since late 2004. He has his fingers in many different diabetes related projects and enjoys working with a broad spectrum of people in the industry and community. He spends his time working as a freelance writer and diabetes consultant out of the Minneapolis, MN area, and continues to publish often on his personal diabetes blog, Find Scott on Twitter at @scottkjohnson.