Manny Hernandez wants to make history on November 14 which is World Diabetes Day.
Manny is originally from Venezuela and lives in Bay Area, California. He is an engineer, a web product manager, Internet marketing specialist, a social media expert…and also a much-loved leader in the diabetes community.
Manny was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2002, then type 1 in 2003 and finally type 1.5 or LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) in 2007. The first thing he did upon diagnosis? He went online for information.
While researching and after reading a story about discrimination against diabetes in the New York Times, he felt called to use his talents for the diabetes community.
He is the founder of TuDiabetes.com, a popular online social network for people touched by diabetes. He also offers a site called EsTuDiabetes.com in Spanish. In addition, he writes Hola Diabetes a blog in both English and Spanish on Dlife.
Through TuDiabetes, Manny has orchestrated many online events and activities allowing his community to become interactive, express themselves, and increase diabetes awareness. A great example is the Word in your Hand: Life with Diabetes initiative that produced a video created with help of his members that really helps to drive home what’s it is like to struggle with diabetes.
On World Diabetes Day, he is asking people with diabetes to participate in Big Blue Test Day. Participants are asked to test their blood sugar, do 14 minutes of exercise, test again and share results on TuDiabetes and Twitter at 2 p.m. their time. They expect to have thousands of participants and make history.
Do you have diabetes or know someone who does? Please send them this post or tell them to go to bigbluetest.org.
You can find a video from Manny and more information on his TuDiabetes site here:
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