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You Can Do This!

By Naomi Kingery

Social Community Manager

Posted:  9/6/2011 12:00 AM


As a person with diabetes active in the online community, it took about .5 seconds after the launch of You Can Do This to begin to hear about the project led by Kim Vlasnik. Of course, I clicked on it immediately because this is right up my alley! The premise of the project is simple, to unite our community with the slogan “You Can Do This” through videos created by and for people with diabetes. The idea is that the videos offer hope, encourage and some honest talk about what it’s really like living with this disease.

I was ready to go, I had my outfit, hair bow and “script” planned for what I would say in my video. And then at work, I got stopped in the hallway by our PR Manager Karrie who often bounces blog and community ideas off of me.

Karrie: Have you heard about the You Can Do This Project?
Me: Of course!
Karrie: What do you think about getting a few of our employees who have been impacted by diabetes to come together so we can do a video on behalf of Medtronic?

So from this conversation, Karrie took the idea and ran with it. I patiently waited for the shoot, and the editing process to complete. And here it is!

Thank you, Kim, for leading this charge. We commend your effort to encourage and share spirit and motivation within the community. So we hope you enjoy our video: Medtronic says You Can Do This! with voices echoed by Elisa , Lane, Michael and me Naomi!

For more information on this wonderful project, please visit

Note: If you want to hear more about Elisa rapelling down that waterfall and how she protected her pump (which is watertight, but not waterproof) during her adventure, check out her blog post on Great Vacations.



Posted on Wed Sep 07 01:19:19 GMT 2011

This is so very, very awesome. Thank you to everyone who had a part in this video coming to life!


Posted on Wed Sep 07 01:57:18 GMT 2011

Great job! :)


Posted on Wed Sep 07 02:47:52 GMT 2011

I LOVE this! Thanks so much for putting this together, guys! :)

Captain Glucose & Meter Boy

Posted on Thu Sep 08 06:06:05 GMT 2011

What a great group of people. Thanks Naomi for sharing this!


Posted on Tue Sep 13 00:25:27 GMT 2011

Thank you for keeping it real.

Naomi Kingery

Posted on Tue Sep 20 22:29:45 GMT 2011

Woohoo, so glad y'all enjoyed this!

Bridget K

Posted on Tue Sep 27 11:55:01 GMT 2011

Very well done! Glad they chose to leave the raw emotion in the clip. Its part of all of our daily diabetic lives.


Posted on Tue Sep 27 15:28:39 GMT 2011

I am glad to hear all the positive you put your attention to and acknowledging the the negative but not letting that control the situation. I appreciate the video and your efforts to support the diabetes community.

Dace Lielausis

Posted on Thu Sep 29 03:08:20 GMT 2011

I've been Type 1 diabetic for 50 years, on the pump for about 8 years and am doing pretty darn good for having had this disease for so long. You can do this! It's a pain in the ... to have one's life so controlled by this disease, but, the pump has given me some ease from the disease and I'm grateful. I remember when I used to have to boil my glass syringes with fat nasty needles in an enamel pan on the stove to sterilize them. Hoorah for the pump! I monitor quite frequently during the day and am waiting for the day for the pump to be made smaller and without this crazy tubing - it's limited me so much in terms of clothing wearability and look good without that stupid looking pump lump. Come on Medtronic, I know you're doing your research, but, you need to make the glucose monitor software compatible with MAC sooner then later and make this pump smaller without tubing and also affordable for those of us who are working but not with high enough income to indulge in all this wonderful high tech stuff. Come on, what are you going to do? Am I dreaming in lala land?


Posted on Thu Sep 29 03:28:10 GMT 2011

This clip sums up why I stay with Medtronic...I can tell whenever I call with a problem that the person on the end of the phone really cares and takes the time to see me through till I have a solution to whatever is going wrong at the time. I TOTALLY agree with everyone's thoughts, yes it is hard...REALLY HARD, but we ALL can do this!


Posted on Thu Sep 29 23:13:58 GMT 2011

@Dace So glad to hear you’re doing so well! I have good news for you on the software front – CareLink Personal is available for Mac OS 10.6 and we’re working toward compatibility with the newly released Mac OS 10.7 (Lion). I definitely hear you when it comes to future innovations. We too wish they were all here now! J And we also know that cost can be an issue – this disease certainly doesn’t discriminate on income. I can assure you we’re working as hard as we can to bring to market new products that improve the lives of people with diabetes. And we have a dedicated team of people who work hard to improve insurance coverage of our products. Thanks for the feedback and hope you’re enjoying The LOOP!


Posted on Fri Sep 30 03:05:04 GMT 2011

The viewing and knowledge of "You Can Do This" could not have been exposed to me at a better time. I have been living with type 1 Diabities for almost 20 years. I am 29 years old and not a hour goes by that I don't have to make some type of choice large or small that results from my condition. I have been struggling more so recently with my Diabities and it has been very hard and stressful. I have come a long way since 9 years old, and I in recent years have become strong enough to make things better for my self as well others. This is a life long process and I have to trust it and keep my faith and hope strong! I am interested in speaking with anyone is ready to say I CAN DO THIS!!!!! My love and prayers to all who deal with Diabities personally or through someone they love and care about!

esther fisher

Posted on Wed Nov 30 03:52:55 GMT 2011

i am new here i went to how it was like wen u got the inslin pump for u

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