Blog Site Upgrade, Pittsburgh Vegan Fest and Much More!

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Check Out the New Blog Site!

Hi Everyone. As you can see, I had my blog site upgraded! I thought after nearly 2 years of blogging, I wanted to increase the professionalism and aesthetics of the site.

I’m by no means a professional blogger, but I feel like I have been able to enhance the lives of a number of individuals over the past few years. I am gaining confidence that my story is a valuable one that needs to be told to not only to my fellow type 1 diabetics but to the general populace as well.

My theme of this post is to thank several of those people who have particularly helped me get my word out.


Here is a shout-out to Greg Duffie of 37SOLUTIONS who is the gentlemen who has helped me get my blog up and running and also upgraded the site for me. I’d highly recommend Greg for any website / blog set-up related work.

The Six Week

Recently, I was lucky enough to have met Susie Fuller who works for a company located in Pittsburgh called The Six Week.

The Six Week is an all-encompassing lifestyle course that enhances your health and wellness foundation through mindfulness, gratitude and kindness. Susie has a similar mentality as me by taking a more natural approach to helping her clients achieve a better foundation for their health.

I met Susie at a venture capital fair in Pittsburgh and we immediately started having a great conversation. After hearing about her business and sharing my story, I told her that I would be happy to do a speaking engagement if there was ever an opportunity.

My First Webinar!

Susie has weekly group webinar calls with members of The Six Week and she was able to give me a hour time slot in October to talk to the members. This was actually the first time I had ever done a group speaking session, so I was a little nervous and excited!

It was such an amazing experience to be able to tell my entire story to a group of individuals that were really tuned in. I would love to do this more often, but it’s tough finding the opportunities, so I have much thanks for Susie for letting me speak.

If you want to hear the play back of my discussion, you can click on the following link (Audio). It’s a 45 minute discussion, but it provides a very comprehensive view of my thoughts on a lot of things. A funny highlight was that one of the women listening in was texting her friend who is a long-time insulin dependent type 1 diabetic. I told her that I bet her T1D friend would probably say that I’m lying. Sure enough, her friend text back and did say that what I’m saying was pretty much impossible.

Positive Health Wellness

I also wanted to mention Lucy Grover from Positive Health Wellness. She came across my blog and was interested in my story. Her site is a nice resource for those looking to live a healthier life. Some of her resources include diet and nutrition, recipes, fitness, pain relief, and beauty and aging.

Pittsburgh Vegan Vest!

I am very excited to say that I was in attendance at the 11th annual Pittsburgh Vegan Festival! This festival was pretty legit and had a famous guest speaker named Dr. Neal Barnard who is a strong proponent of the vegan diet. The parking situation wasn’t great, but the attendance was solid. I never knew there were so many vegans in Pittsburgh!

It’s always interesting to hear a person’s story of why they turned vegan. Most of you obviously know mine, but others do it for moral reasons (i.e. animal rights activists or environmental concerns) or have had a health scare which was significantly cured or reversed through a plant-based diet. It never ceases to amaze me all of the other diseases or conditions that are essentially cured after switching over to plant-based diet. It’s a powerful enough movement that you have over 1,000 people coming to Pittsburgh Vegan Fest!

The picture for this blog post shows the new shirt that I got at Vegan Vest….so much fun.

Almost 4 Years and Counting

It’s hard to believe that I’m coming up on 4 years this December since I was diagnosed with T1D and have yet to take any insulin injections or other medication. Although living with this disease will always be a struggle, the people that I’ve met and the information that I’ve learned over the past 4 years has truly been an amazing experience. I’ve come to learn that there is an ever increasing population of individuals that are realizing the legitimacy of managing disease through diet, exercise and an overall healthier lifestyle which keeps me motivated to continue spreading my message.

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