Senior Social Media Specialist

Amanda ProfileAmanda Griswold started working for Medtronic in 2005, after graduating with a degree in Journalism. She’s held a variety of roles including sales, professional relations and marketing. During this time she also obtained her MBA.

Amanda became personally involved with diabetes when she met her husband, who has type 1 diabetes, in 2008. They have a unique story about how they met, which you can read about here. Since she knows how diabetes affects someone, she’s passionate about making life easier while living with diabetes, from products on the market to customer service.

Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children.

 


How Diabetes Treatments Have Changed

It’s always so interesting to hear from people who have been living with diabetes for several years and hear about the advancements in diabetes management. Seeing pictures and stories about what life was like 10, 20, and even 40 years ago is powerful in regard to having an understanding about how far treatments have come. […]Read More »

Medtronic Commitment to Customer Access Through Financial Support Options

Living with diabetes can come with many challenges, including cost and access to technologies. To help, we created Medtronic Assurance – a group of programs for eligible U.S. customers facing financial difficulty, the loss of a job, or inadequate or loss of insurance coverage. Below are programs we hope you find helpful to potentially reduce […]Read More »

Announcing Real-Time CGM Integration Between InPen and the Guardian Connect System

In August 2020, we announced the acquisition of Companion Medical and the InPen, which is the only FDA-cleared smart* insulin pen system paired with an integrated diabetes management app. Today, we are thrilled to announce the integration of the InPen with our Guardian Connect CGM system. With the power of the Guardian Connect CGM, InPen […]Read More »

Understanding Time in Range

Today, we invited Medtronic Medical Affairs Manager, Kevin Kelleher, MSHI, RN, CDCES, who is also a father to a child living with type 1 diabetes, to break down what Time in Range is and why you should care about it. As a car enthusiast, I often use cars as examples when explaining clinical terms. If […]Read More »

What I Wish I Had Known When I Was Diagnosed with Diabetes

Being diagnosed with diabetes is hard, especially when you don’t know others who are living with diabetes and can support you with the types of questions you should ask or the options available.Read More »

Medtronic Looks Forward to Welcoming Companion Medical and the InPen to the Medtronic Family

Today, we look forward to welcoming Companion Medical, makers of the only FDA-cleared smart insulin pen system paired with an integrated diabetes management app, to the Medtronic family. The InPen system automatically records insulin doses, tracks active insulin, and recommends mealtime & correction doses based on a bolus calculator which helps simplify diabetes management*. Listen […]Read More »

One Mom and Son Adjust to Having Matching Insulin Pumps

Today, we’d like to introduce you to our Medtronic Diabetes Ambassador, Katie, whose son was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Katie knew immediately how she wanted to proceed with her son’s therapy. Today, she shares that experience with us. There I was, standing in the bathroom at a sports complex staring at my glucose […]Read More »

Running 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days – TWICE!

When I first heard of Linda’s desire to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, I was so inspired. When I learned this was the second year in a row, she was planning to do this, I was in complete awe! I was lucky enough to be in close contact with Linda’s husband […]Read More »

One Mom’s Tips for Navigating Your Child’s Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

Our team had the pleasure of meeting Megan Nagel and her son, Luke, when we went to their home to film their story, which you can see more of here. We recently asked Megan if there was anything she wished she would have known when Luke was first diagnosed with diabetes. Today, she shares those […]Read More »

How the MiniMed 670G System is Helping This High School Freshman Reach New Heights

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Andrew. His story was recently shared with me via a news article about a charity event that he’s involved with each year. I was really inspired because, if I look back and remember being a 15-year-old high school freshman, I don’t think I even had an ounce of the […]Read More »

How Being in Control Helps Me Be a Superhero Mom

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Medtronic Diabetes Ambassador, Melanie, to share her story! Q. Share a little bit about yourself. A. I’m a mom, wife, and social worker. I live in Pennsylvania. My son plays hockey, so my weekends are filled with traveling for hockey. I am very active with my local JDRF […]Read More »

Medtronic Employees Giving Back to the Diabetes Community

  At Medtronic, we are committed to making the best technologies possible to support people living with diabetes. But the ultimate goal is a cure, which is why Medtronic and our employees support organizations like JDRF and the American Diabetes Association. While attending several local events each year, we’d like to highlight two upcoming events […]Read More »

Managing Diabetes as the Mother of the Bride

  Gina McKelvey is a senior diabetes clinical manager at Medtronic who lives with type 1 diabetes and wears the MiniMed 670G system. While she has been successfully managing her diabetes for many years, her daughter’s recent wedding was an event that she expected would bring a few challenges to her staying within her target […]Read More »

I Can’t Imagine Life Without It

  While the MiniMed 670G system has been available for the past two years, we receive a lot of questions on the experience those using the system have had. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Nalani, a physician assistant in California who dedicates her life to helping others with diabetes. Nalani has been living […]Read More »

How the Guardian Connect Smart CGM can Help with Time in Range

References 1 Nicolucci A, Kovacs Burns K, et al. Research: Educational and Psychological Issues Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs second study. Diabet Med. 2013;30:767–777. 2 Close KL, Wood R. Outcomes Measures for New Diabetes Therapies Beyond A1c. Presented at: FDA; August 29, 2016; Silver Spring, MD. https://diatribe.org/patient-priorities-diabetes-drugs-what-does-success-look. Accessed April 27, 2018. 3 Kaufman FR, Gibson […]Read More »

Holiday Tips Inspired By You: 5 Ways To Manage Diabetes This Season

‘Tis the season to reconnect with loved ones and special holiday traditions. While routines often change this time of year, managing diabetes doesn’t. To help you plan ahead, we’ve gathered a list of ways you can stay festive and inspired all season long while managing diabetes. 1. Stock Up on Supplies It’s a busy season […]Read More »

Getting Back to Adventure without Diabetes in the Way

Today we’re thrilled to share an inspiring guest post from Joel, a successful writer, advertising expert and adventure-lover who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 39 years. His story of overcoming some fears – fears that are likely all too familiar for many of you – is one you won’t want to miss. Back […]Read More »

New and Improved CareLink Personal Upload Software For Easier Use

We understand how important seeing your diabetes data is and how many of you rely on CareLink Personal software. We’ve also heard loud and clear how frustrating of an experience it’s been to upload that data. Today, we’re excited to announce that we have new upload software that’s easy to set-up and allows you to […]Read More »

5 Things I’ve Learned Living With Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Adjusting to living with diabetes can be difficult. Especially when it comes to what you’re eating and how the foods you eat might impact your glucose levels. Add to that Celiac disease and food options impact your day-to-day even more. Today, we asked MiniMed Ambassador, Cara, to share what life has been like since she […]Read More »

Smarter Insights with The Sugar.IQ™ Diabetes Assistant

Two weeks ago, we announced the FDA approval of an all new Smart CGM, the Guardian™ Connect system. With this approval, we also announced that the Guardian™ Connect standalone CGM system will have exclusive access to the Sugar.IQ™ diabetes assistant. For a deeper dive, we asked Huzefa Neemuchwala, our Senior Director of Data and Informatics […]Read More »

How to Love and Support Someone with Diabetes

Today we’re throwing it back to some of our favorite advice on how to best support the person you love with diabetes. These tips come from our very own MiniMed Ambassadors, shared last Valentine’s Day.  My husband and I have been together quite some time, so I understand what it’s like to live with someone […]Read More »

Carling Answers Your T1D Health and Family Questions

MiniMed Ambassador Carling is an awe-inspiring woman.  She balances work and family while providing support and education newly diagnosed people with Type 1 diabetes! Here she answers questions from our community members about how they can do the same. Q: What is your advice caring for another human being on top of my own diabetes? […]Read More »

Get Back on Track With Your New Year's Resolutions

I don’t know about you, but I think my New Year’s goals lasted two weeks! But, the idea behind what I was trying to accomplish definitely still has me motivated. Luckily, we have some inspiration from a fellow T1D. Justina is a yoga instructor with an awesome attitude and she has some great tips to […]Read More »

Holidays and Diabetes: Tips for Enjoying Family, Food And Fun

There is something magical about this time of year that always makes me look forward to the holidays. I’m not sure if it’s all the festivities, the excitement to see friends and family or maybe even just the time off work, but there is something I absolutely love. But, I’ll be the first to admit, […]Read More »

17 People with Diabetes Accomplish NYC Marathon

I’ve been to a few marathons (as a spectator!) in my days, but this past weekend for the first time ever, I experienced the New York City Marathon. What an amazing experience to cheer on over 50,000 runners as they ran from Staten Island up through The Bronx. No matter what mile you were at, […]Read More »

The Teal Pumpkin Project And How It Helps People with Diabetes

My household is one of inclusion. Since my husband lives with type 1 diabetes and I’ve heard stories about how he just wanted to feel the same as everyone else growing up, we make sure to teach our kids that everyone has something unique about them and excluding someone from something due to a medical […]Read More »

The Journey Toward Hope with Diabetes

  Meeting people with diabetes is always so inspirational. Sometimes I can barely keep my head straight with three children and a career. But, people living with diabetes, not only have that, they also have diabetes that they have to think about 24/7. One theme I hear over and over is how exercise really helps […]Read More »

4 Must-Know Tips for Back to School with Diabetes

  Heading back to school is an exciting time, but it can require additional preparation if you have a child with diabetes. Today, we’ve asked MiniMed Ambassador, Chris, to talk about how he helps prepare for sending his son, Christian to school. As a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, the beginning of […]Read More »

4 Tips for a Fun Summer Adventure

I’m always inspired by our MiniMed Ambassadors. A group of people who don’t let diabetes hold them back. Recently, Ambassador Phyllis, went on a safari in South Africa. She of course had her MiniMed 670G system with her throughout the trip. We asked Phyllis to share some of her special photos with our community along […]Read More »

Creating T1D Goals for a Fun and Healthy Summer

Many of us have very different routines when it comes to the summer. For MiniMed Ambassador, Addie, it’s no different. Read her goals this summer, while she manages her diabetes with the MiniMed 630G system and takes some time to enjoy everything she didn’t get a chance to during her first year of college! Like […]Read More »

Giving Up Diabetes Management to A Device

It’s been so exciting to see some of our MiniMed Ambassadors transition to the MiniMed 670G system as part of the Customer Training Phase. It’s also been interesting to hear how many of them have had to shift their thinking when it comes to starting on the system. Today, hear from Ambassador, Phyllis, on what […]Read More »

Tackling Sports and Exercise with T1D

You might remember MiniMed Ambassador, Chris, from some of his previous blogs. Today, Chris, who uses the MiniMed 530G system has some tips about exercising with an insulin pump and how to get the most out of your time playing sports. Editor’s Note: If you’ve recently transitioned to our MiniMed 670G system, note that when […]Read More »

Travel Tips while Living with Diabetes

You might remember MiniMed Ambassador, Chris from his previous blog about Dating with Diabetes. These past few months Chris has been studying abroad and today shares with us his thoughts about traveling with diabetes and wearing an insulin pump and CGM. Diabetes should never get in the way of your ability to explore the world. […]Read More »

To a Volcano in Antarctica, With My Pump!

I love to hear inspiring stories about how people living with diabetes persevere and don’t let anything, including their diabetes hold them back. That’s why when I heard about Michael Carroll travelling to Antarctica, I couldn’t wait to have him share his story with us. Antarctica is called the “Harsh Continent” with good reason. Its […]Read More »

Valentine’s Tips for All the Significant Others

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we recently asked our MiniMed Ambassadors if they had any tips to give to all of the significant others out there, living with someone who has diabetes. I have to say, as I read through some of these a part of me got a little teary-eyed. My husband and I […]Read More »

Sign Up for Auto Reorder – One Less Thing to Worry About!

From infusion sets and reservoirs, to sensors, test strips, tapes, prep wipes, and even batteries for your insulin pump – it may sometimes seem like the list of supplies you need to keep track of is never-ending. We have an easy solution to making sure you have most of your diabetes supplies covered. You can […]Read More »

Behind the Photo: Jonni Lightfoot

Today, we’re introducing you to a REAL MiniMed pumper who is featured on our website. Meet MiniMed Ambassador Jonni Lightfoot. Jonni allowed our photographers to follow him around for a day, so we could get some shots of what his daily life typically looks like. Jonni is a professional musician and travels around 220 days […]Read More »

The New Face of My Diabetes Management

Meet MiniMed Ambassador, Caroline Smyth. She’s a young college student who appreciates the new design of the MiniMed 630G system. Hear what she has to say about her latest experience.    My experience on an insulin pump started about 2 years after my diagnosis with diabetes. Imagine a 12 year-old and a device that sort […]Read More »

College Life with Diabetes: Study Sessions, Work Outs, First Dates and MiniMed Connect

David Norris was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during the fall semester of his freshman year of college in 2013. He started his diabetes management with insulin injections but a few months later started insulin pump therapy with the MiniMed® 530G with Enlite. Fast forward four years and David is now a college senior, experienced […]Read More »

Chill Out Sugar, It’s Just Diabetes

We’re a big fan of all the pictures we see from MiniMed Ambassador, Justina McConnell, that feature her new MiniMed 630G system. Especially because she makes it all look so easy (which we know it’s not)! Enjoy these and also check our Instagram page in November where Justina will be taking over. I’m a wife, […]Read More »

6 Tips to Help Manage Sick Days

Being sick can be a real drag, even more so if you have diabetes. Managing your diabetes when you’re under the weather can be tricky, so we asked some of our MiniMed Ambassadors to share their sick day management tips. Here are 6 tips they shared that may help you manage your diabetes sick days. What tips […]Read More »

Dating with Diabetes: Letting the Conversation Happen Naturally

Dating can be hard! Dating while living with diabetes can be even more nerve-wracking. Today, I’d like to introduce you to, MiniMed Ambassador, Chris Fernandes. Chris has been living with type 1 diabetes since he was 9 years old and is now away at college and very active in sports and Greek life. He shares […]Read More »