Erika Szumel, Social Media Editor

 2018-10-22

Erika has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since 2000 and has strived to be an advocate for the diabetes community ever since. Every November she shares her thoughts and photos on living with T1D on Facebook to help raise awareness for the disease. Erika earned her BA in Visual & Sound Media at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and began her career as a TV producer. Living at the Jersey shore, Erika is a lover of the little things, the ocean, and pork roll.

 

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Weight Lifting For The Win with Freestyle Libre


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T2D As A Catalyst For Change: How Jamie Focused On Poetry + Community


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Transforming Tobi: A Story About Fitness + Mental Health


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Forgetting to Take Insulin, Until I Started Wearing a Pump


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Former Chef with Type 2 Diabetes Proves Great Food Can Be Healthy + Tasty


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Making Small Changes + Incorporating Time In Range With Freestyle Libre


Liz Davis shares how her Freestyle Libre and time-in-range feature has helped strengthen her diabetes management regimen.MORE

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Gummy bears, milk or juice, rest. What do you do when your blood sugar drops low? We asked our community and collected their responses. MORE

I Wish People with T1D Understood THIS About Type 2 Diabetes


Let's fight the stigma around Type 2 diabetes and advocate for all people living with the chronic illness. MORE

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