Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Good News to Share - A Disclosure

I’m pleased to be able to share some news today, some news that I’m very excited about!  You might remember that I wrote a guest post for the Medtronic blog, The Loop, back in February.  At the time, we were finalizing a contract, and now that it’s set I’m thrilled to share a disclosure with you!

contractI have signed a six month contract to contribute some guest posts for Medtronic, to be shared on The Loop or other Medtronic materials.  I will also be placing a Medtronic ad on my blog.  In exchange, Medtronic will provide me with the supplies I use for my pump and my continuous glucose monitor.  (I already have a Revel pump with the CGM transmitter - I will be receiving the disposable goods associated with their use.)

I’ve been using the Medtronic pump and CGM for almost four years now, and I’ve always been extremely happy with the performance and also with customer service.  For these reasons, I feel my contract with Medtronic is a good fit, because I’m already using the products I’ll be writing about.  Of course, my opinions (as well as this blog) are my own and I will always be honest with you when I share my opinions, both good and bad.  This agreement won’t bring about any changes on Bitter-Sweet, aside from the ad I’ll be placing and the fact that I will (hopefully remember to) mention this disclosure agreement in any posts I write about my pump and CGM.

Obviously, with both Pete and I still job hunting, it is a big relief not to worry about supplies for the CGM and pump for now.  But beyond that, I’m so excited and thankful to have the opportunity to share my perspective with the Medtronic audience.  I’m proud to add this new chapter to my diabetes advocacy.

As long as I’m in Disclosure Mode, I should mention that I’ll be leaving tomorrow for the second Medtronic Diabetes Advocate Forum.  I was invited to this event last year as well, and once again Medtronic will be covering my flight to and from L.A. and my hotel and meals tomorrow and Friday.  I have not been asked to blog or tweet about the forum - but I most likely will as I predict I’ll come back with lots of interesting things to share.  And now, even though I despise packing, I suppose I should go get that done!

20 comments:

  1. Congrats, Karen! That's awesome! Say hi to everyone at the Forum for me!

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  2. So happy for you Karen! :) Have fun at the Forum. Stay safe and we HAVE to get a phone call into each other when you get back. :) <3

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  3. Awesome news, Karen! Congrats! Sounds like a great relationship. Looking forward to seeing.g your stuff there, from the MM pump consumer perspective myself!

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  4. *Fist Bump* Nice work, Karen!

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  5. That. Is. AWESOME Karen! Way to go. I love reading your blog, Medtronic is lucky to have you representing them! Congrats!!! :)

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  6. Great news! I think you have a lot to offer Medtronic. I'm happy for you!

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  7. That's awesome! congratulations karen!

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  8. CONGRATSAMILLION TO YOU! :D have fun on your trip! :)

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  9. Congratulations, and have fun at the forum.

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  10. Congrats Karen!! I'm so happy to hear things are starting to go your way...and I'm also very happy to hear your pump supplies will be covered for a bit, too!! Have a safe trip & have fun! :)

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  11. Ditto to what Tricia said above. So glad you have this opportunity and incoming supplies. What a blessing!

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  12. Look at you, Karen! Your amazing dedication to spreading the word about diabetes is paying off really well! Have fun!

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  13. Good news!! Have a good trip!

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  14. Great news Karen! And have fun at the forum.

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  15. Congratulations!! Medtronic couldn't have picked a better person. I'm so pleased that you are getting the recognition that you deserve. Have fun in LA! I so wish I was there to meet all you great people.

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  16. You are marvelous, love. CONGRATS!!! xo

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  17. Awesome - looking forward to reading it!

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