Dana Lewis, Creator of the Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System, which is an entire artificial pancreas with a blood glucose monitor and an insulin adjuster.
“You can make an incredible difference in your corner of the world. Don’t worry about not being a traditional programmer/engineer/whatever you think you aren’t, and don’t wait for permission. Take what skills you have and go put them to good use!”
"I’ve lived with type 1 diabetes for 14+ years, and I’m ‘lucky’ to have a disease that is so data-driven (I have blood glucose data that I use to calculate how much insulin I need). This makes it easy to experiment and create additional tools to automate decision making and data processing — and ultimately improve my quality of life. Most of my innovations and cool hacks or tweaks have come from a moment of frustration in my real life on the go… and then I stepped back and thought ‘how can I automate or use technology so I don’t have to do this again?’ Rinse, repeat, and soon you have a habit for finding inspiration everywhere!”
“The #WeAreNotWaiting approach is not unique to patients (although we have real motivation to do so). I challenge you to think about what work you’re doing; and what would it take to accomplish it in 1/10 of the time. What can you really do in the next week, month, year if you step outside of normal approaches and really think about how to achieve your goals? I’m finding that so many of the ‘barriers’ to research and innovation are easily sidestepped/broken down when you’re truly willing to apply the #WeAreNotWaiting mindset to it!”
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