Jessica Apple

Jessica Apple grew up in Houston. She studied Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, and completed an MA in the same field at the Hebrew University. She began to write and publish short stories while a student, and has continued to write essays and fiction while raising her three sons (and many pets). Read full bio | Read blog »


Michael Aviad

Michael Aviad is co-founder of ASweetLife. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002. Michael was born in Santa Barbara and grew up in Jerusalem. He studied law and after passing his bar exam went on to get an MBA with a major in finance. Michael worked for many years as an economist. He and his wife Jess, also a type 1 diabetic, have three sons. Michael loves to run and is always training for the next marathon. Read full bio | Read blog »

Karmel Allison

Karmel was born in Southern California, diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of nine, and educated at UC Berkeley. Karmel now lives in San Diego with her husband, where she is loving the sunshine, working in computational biology at the University of California, San Diego, Read full bio | Read blog »


Catherine Price

Catherine Price is a professional journalist who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 22 years old. Her work has been featured in publications including The Best American Science WritingThe New York Times, Popular Science, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Health Magazine, The Oprah Magazine, and Outside, among others. A graduate of Yale and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism Read full bio | Read blog »

 Jane Kokernak

Jane Kokernak teaches in MIT’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program and lives with her family near Boston. In 1992, as an adult, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes; in 2003, she switched from multiple daily injections to an insulin pump and has stayed with it. Her essay on diabetes and sexuality, “Tethered to the Body,” appeared in Bellevue Literary Review’s special issue on disability in 2008 and was republished by ASweetLife in 2010. Other of Jane’s essays have appeared in Equally Shared Parenting and PMS poemmemoirstory and articles on teaching writing in Tomorrow’s Professor. Read full bio | Read blog » 

Melissa LeeMelissa Lee

Melissa Lee was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10 in 1990. Having spent her first 18 years post-diagnosis feeling very alone with the disease and hoping to achieve the control required for a healthy pregnancy with diabetes, Melissa discovered the diabetes online community in 2008 and found her advocacy voice, as well as the glucose control she needed to birth two healthy children.  Read full bio

 Alex O’Meara

Alex was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 36 years ago. Since then he has run six marathons – the first when we was 15 – and the latest a few years ago. In 2006 Alex underwent islet cell transplant and was, for some time, insulin independent. He now lives in Southeastern Arizona where he is working on a novel, teaching college English, pursuing a Master’s degree, and training to run his first 50 mile race. Read full bio Go To Blog

Jen JacobsJennifer Jacobs

Jennifer Jacobs grew up in Long Island, New York. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age twelve. The challenges of living with diabetes have inspired Jen to be creative. She makes “diabetes art,” which can be viewed on her website, Work from Jen’s Diabetes Revealed series has been exhibited at various events in the NY-metro area. Read full bio Go To Blog

Molly Johannes 2014 Head Shot smallMolly Johannes

Molly Johannes was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1997 at the age of four. Molly controls her diabetes with a combination of insulin shots, daily exercise, and a healthy diet. She utilizes a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor to remain aware of her blood sugars throughout her busy days at school. Molly is a sophomore English major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Read full bio Go To Blog

Katie BaconKatie Bacon

Katie Bacon is a writer and editor based in the Boston area. Her daughter, Bisi, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August, 2012, when she was six. Bisi recently started using the Omnipod pump. Katie worked as an editor at The Atlantic, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and other publications. Katie and her husband, Mark, have two children—Bisi and her older brother, Jamie. | Go To Blog


Riva Greenberg

Riva Greenberg is finally doing what she set out to do in high school – writing her observations of life and human behavior – little did she know then that diabetes would be her muse. Riva has had type 1 since 18 and is the author of “50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It” and “The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes.” Read full bio | Read blog »

Michelle SorensenMichelle Sorensen

Michelle Sorensen has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1998, when she was 24 years old.  She was in the middle of graduate school, training to become a psychologist. She is now a member of the Ontario College of Psychologists and has a private practice in Clinical Psychology in Ottawa, Canada. Using a cognitive behavioural approach to therapy, Michelle helps patients with a wide range of issues.  Michelle has developed a speciality in counselling patients with diabetes. Read full bio |

James RonJames Ron

James Ron is an American, Israeli, and Canadian academic, whose son, Sacha, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2009 at the age of two. Until then, James had never heard of the disease. Today, James is a member of the scientific and advisory group of Life for a Child, an Australia-based charity that supplies insulin and other diabetes supplies to children and youth in the developing world. James teaches international affairs and human rights at the University of Minnesota, and lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Emma, and their two children, Tessa and Sacha. Read full bio Go To Blog

Robert Scheinman

Robert Scheinman received a PhD in Pharmacology in 1990 and joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy in 1995. Robert runs a medical research laboratory focused on the role of inflammation in various disease states including diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Read full bio | Read blog »


Culinary Contributors


Carolyn Ketchum writes All Day I Dream About Food, a food blog that focuses primarily on low carb, gluten free recipes. She has a Masters in Physical Anthropology and Human Evolution from Arizona State University and has an extensive background in higher education administration. She currently lives in the Boston area with her husband and three children.  Read full bio

Melissa Lieser

Melissa Lieser began her training in Culinary Arts at Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois and most recently at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, where she graduated with distinction and at the top of her class. She has worked in multiple kitchens across the United States and is the founder of Read full bio


 Medical Advisors

DR. Mariela Glandt

Dr. Mariela Glandt was born in Argentina, received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. She continued on to a residency in internal medicine at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. During residency Dr. Glandt did research on beta cell failure at the Joslin Diabetes Center. She then held an endocrinology fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, where her research focused on the reversal of Type I diabetes. Read full bio

Dr. BloomgardenDr. Zachary Bloomgarden

Dr. Bloomgarden has a national reputation for writing and lecturing nationally and internationally on diabetes, and has authored some 300 publications in this field. He is Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as participating in teaching rounds in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine. He is a member of the Board of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and served on the Journals Managing Subcommittee of the Endocrine Society. He has worked in the American Diabetes Association as a member of the Editorial Board, and subsequently as an Associate Editor of the clinical journal, Diabetes Care, Read full bio

 Dr. Anne B. Wishna

Anne B. Wishna, M.D., is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with extensive experience screening for and treating diabetic eye disease. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and then earned her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Wishna completed an internship at the University of Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital, and finished her residency in ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. She currently practices at Grin Eye Care in Olathe, Kansas.