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Scott Johnson


December 31, 2013

It’s All About You (and fireballs)

December 31, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Today’s post is not about how great 2013 was for mySugr, or about all the cool stuff we’re working on for 2014, or about how thankful we are for all of your love and support (though we are very thankful). Today’s post is all about you doing rad stuff (a.k.a. fireballs).

Smart People

Have you ever met someone so smart that you felt your IQ increasing because of sheer proximity to them? Every person at mySugr is like that. Every single one. Each of them is brilliant at what they do, and their brilliance is contagious, often spilling over and inspiring others on the team. It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen.

When one of the team sends along a news article, blog post, tweet, or even a book they recommend, I pay attention. Recently, Gerald Stangl, our Co-Founder & Product Director, sent along a blog post he read that really spoke to him. It spoke to me as well.

Specifically, there is a really great graphic that conveys a great message about the goals of mySugr and why we do what we do.

I’ll come back to this in just a minute. But first…

Will You Marry Me?

I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1980, and I’m amazed by how much I still don’t know about it. How is it possible to have spent so much time managing my blood sugar and still be learning new things almost every day? What’s that saying? The more I know, the more I know I don’t know? I think it’s a testament to how complicated diabetes can be, and how magnificent a non-diabetic endocrine system is. This is hard stuff we’re doing!

“The more I know, the more I know I don’t know”

But it’s also clear that the more educated I am about my diabetes and the more I know about how I react to situations, the better I am able to manage (both in general and when weird things happen).

How do I become more educated about my diabetes? How do I better understand my own reactions to situations and stimuli (food, exercise, stress, meds, etc.)? There are two main ways, each of which have enough tangents and offshoots to keep me busy for the rest of my life:

  1. I get proactive about information. Reading, asking questions of my doctor and healthcare team, talking to other PWD’s (people with diabetes) about what they do, etc.
  2. I get engaged (to myself?)!

Being Engaged

What I mean by “be engaged” is to get involved in the nitty-gritty of my diabetes self-management.

The first step of this is being a record-keeping ninja. Before my doctor and I can talk about any adjustments in my insulin or other medications, he needs to know what my current therapy (and results) look like.

What I gain from this is sometimes a lot of confusion (when I’m recording numbers and results that don’t make sense to me). But more often I gain a very deep understanding of how I react to stuff.

Diabetes is Scary

It only takes one bad experience to rock you to your core. Sometimes you don’t even have to experience it yourself, just hearing about something or knowing it’s possible is enough. Fear is a very real thing when living with diabetes. It can be absolutely crippling sometimes.

“It’s hard to explain how badly my confidence was shaken after that bad low…”

But each step I take toward being engaged with my diabetes breaks away a piece of that fear. Sometimes it’s not about having solved a problem. Sometimes just knowing I have the skills and ability to dig in and troubleshoot stuff brings a sense of empowerment. It helps build a confidence in me that allows me to say “yes!” to things that I may have let pass by before (traveling, running a race, going for a long bike ride, driving a car, being home alone with the kids, you name it).

Saying “yes!” is awesome and empowering. Saying “yes!” is like…

Throwing Fireballs

This is from the post that Gerald sent to us. It’s a graphic from Samuel Hulick’s website called “User Onboarding” where he shares one of the best messages about what a business sells that I’ve ever seen.


The products we offer, (fire flower = Companion/Junior/more to come soon, etc), are not what we want to be known for. We invest everything of ourselves into making the products awesome, but it isn’t about having awesome products.

It’s about what our products can help you become. It’s about, as Samuel Hulick says, using mySugr products to create a better version of yourself.

It’s about helping you chip away at the fear diabetes inserts into things and replace it, piece by piece, with confidence.

“Saying ‘yes!’ is awesome and empowering.”

It’s about being Super Mario, smashing bricks, throwing fireballs, and exploring new worlds through magical sewer pipes! … Ok, that last part didn’t sound as awesome as I hoped, but you get the idea, right?

Get out there, get engaged, and start throwing fireballs!

You’re going to own 2014.


  1. Lon Lofgren

    I can’t find an Android version in the Play Store. I clicked on a link in a ‘app suggestion’, but it said that version was not compatible with my device. Is there a version I can use?

    • Hi Lon!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and send us a message, I really appreciate it.

      What device do you have? Can you send us some specifics via our support system (email to ‘support at mysugr dot com’) and we can take a more detailed look?

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