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Greetings! My name is Allison Blass. I started Lemonade Life in the summer of 2005 to chronicle my life as a twentysomething living with diabetes. Now I chronicle about my life as a twentysomething, who just happens to have diabetes too.

I’m a bit of a social media maven. When I’m not writing Lemonade Life, I work on the interactive team of a healthcare public relations agency in New York City. Basically my job is to help my clients tell their story online, whether that’s reaching out to bloggers or creating a corporate presence on a social network like Facebook. I spend a lot of time online, hanging out at places like TwitterFlickr and Facebook.

Although I’m an East Coaster now, I was born and raised in Oregon. I consider myself bicoastal. I grew up with two loving parents and a younger brother, who is now a sophomore in college. He does not have diabetes.

My passions include photography, travel and exploring New York City. I love museums, and live within walking distance of the American Natural History Museum. I love Central Park and photographing trees. I am a fan of coffeeshops, but haven’t found a replacement for my college hang-out quite yet. I go to Broadway shows more than the average person and I watch movies like they’re going out of style. I am a Christian and I try to follow my faith the best I can. I also love spending time with my fiance, Erik, and planning our wedding, which will take place in July 2011.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January 1994 when I was 8 years old. I currently use a Medtronic Minimed insulin pump and Continuous Glucose Monitor.

I have worked as a diabetes advocate for many years, as founder of Diabetes Teen Talk and host of Teen Talk on Diabetes Station. I have been a mentor with JDRF’s Online Diabetes Support Team since its inception in 2002, and I was a JDRF Children’s Congress delegate in 2001. I have also written for Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Health magazines.

I love meeting new people and I occasionally host meet-ups. I would love to meet you! Drop me a line at amblass at gmail.com.

Cheers,

Allison

(Updated: 6/10/10)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Ernie permalink
    July 6, 2007 4:50 AM

    Allison I miss chatting with you, Im glad I found the new blog. I hope the move went well.. hope we get to talk soon..

    Ernie

  2. September 26, 2007 6:06 PM

    Hi Allison. Impressive bio! How wonderful you started diabetes advocacy so early in your life! BTW, I submitted by blog to the OC Directory twice (a while ago) and haven’t heard anything back. Would you mind letting me know what I need to do to be added and how to make the final cut? My blog is http://amyliagrace.blogspot.com. You can email me at amyliagrace at yahoo dot com. Thanks, Allison! :)

  3. Lia permalink
    December 16, 2007 2:46 AM

    Hey Allison
    What year did you go to Children’s Congress?
    I was a Children’s Congress delegate for NJ in 1999! It was a great experience, probably one of the best memories I have is singing “Promise to Remember Me” on the steps in front of the white house with over 100 kids/teens with diabetes!!

  4. Paige permalink
    April 14, 2008 5:21 PM

    Dear Allison,

    I’m thinking about getting a pump. All my other diabetic friends say their great but I’m still unsure. I could really use your advice and anyone elses. I’d really appreciate it!!!! And if anyone has any info. on them that would be great to know please fill me in!

  5. April 17, 2008 2:35 PM

    I love the blogosphere… you pitched me about UA and now I see that you are a social media maven! In only a matter of minutes you can learn a lot about someone! I’ll be reading and welcome to the East Coast!

  6. April 18, 2008 8:55 AM

    I love that you named you blog after that saying! I think it is such a positive to approach life (even though it may not seem very positive at first glance). Your dedication and positivity are truly admirable. :)

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