About Elizabeth Snouffer
Who am I and where have I been? What gives me the right to write about diabetes?
Two things. Experience and passion. I created diabetes 24-7 in 2004, and have dedicated much effort to keeping it current while I have traveled all over the world–working, raising a family, writing and making sense of my illness in the modern world. I have had type 1 diabetes for 35 years which is longer than many, but less than some! There are type 1s who are celebrating their 50th year and more. Patients who were diagnosed in the 1970s or previous to that time and are still alive today have witnessed a great deal, including the emergence of new technologies which have allowed us to live longer and better lives.
How’s my health and how have I managed? Other than the odd aches and pains (which I can pretty much ascribe to general aging) I am free of many notorious complications, such as retinopathy, neuropathy (nerve damage) or kidney disease. Have I always been under tight control? No. Only modern advances have made that possible. In the 1970s and 80s, it was much more bleak.
I was born in Baltimore, Maryland (home of Edgar Allan Poe and John Waters). I studied at the University of Virginia, worked in New York, studied at Columbia (worked there too) and then moved abroad dedicating my career to developing programs for physicians and their patients with chronic illness, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. I have lived and worked all over the world packing up my type 1 kit and making sure I was fully entrenched in the “diabetes zone” within every market.
I have managed diabetes healthcare throughout a number of languages and cultures (Italian, Dutch, French, Cantonese, Mandarin) and this global understanding is what makes my perspective in diabetes information relevant to a diverse population. Today, I live in Singapore and write a bi-weekly column for the South China Morning Post. I visit the US at least twice a year and spend time in NYC and Martha’s Vineyard during August.
More than anything else (with the exception of my husband and daughter), I am passionate about the challenges associated with diabetes, writing about new therapies, assessing new ideas for a better quality of life and generally making sense of it all. I do believe that type 1 diabetes is managing a life, one blood sugar at a time. The good news is that it can be done!
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