Undocumented with Type 1 Diabetes - A Three-Part Series

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Patient Panelist Spotlight: Paul Madden

As we get closer to the T1D Exchange Annual Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd, we’re introducing those who will sit on our patient panel at the start of the meeting.  Earlier this week, we featured Sandy Brooks and Nick Argento, two active members of the Glu community.

Our third panelist, Paul Madden, is an accomplished program leader, advocate, speaker, educator, business development leader and fundraiser in the diabetes space, serving on numerous national and international leadership teams. He is currently serving as the Managing Director of Diabetes & Behavioral Health for the American Diabetes Association.

Paul was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1962 at the age of 9, so he has a great deal of perspective on the evolution of blood sugar management and treatment.

“I have been blessed with the best of families and health care providers over the years,” he said. “Their love, support, and wisdom has helped me grow as an educator, mental health clinician and business leader in diabetes.”

Paul’s work is primarily focused on advocacy and program development focused on camps, leadership, and empowerment, as well as clinical research and access for people living with diabetes.

While it is challenging for Paul to face the daily rigors of balancing his blood sugar management with his busy lifestyle, he says he tries hard to own his outcomes and not delay changes in his diabetes therapy when necessary.

He believes others can manage their diabetes well by doing the same.

“Interact with your diabetes team and yourself honestly,” said Paul.

He also has this advice for others living with T1D: “We will contribute to the success and strength of our country if we encourage our leaders to properly invest in people with diabetes. We need to ensure that we have access to all that we need (clinical care, medicine, technology, and opportunities without discrimination) to more optimally balance our diabetes as healthy, more productive citizens.”

Paul lives in the Washington D.C. area and enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with his “awesome” family and pets. We are grateful he is joining us for our 5th T1D Exchange Annual Meeting.

Amy Bevan (GluMom)

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