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Welcoming Our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner

Welcoming our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner | The LOOP Blog
What #DiabetesDoesntStopMe means to me

We recently launched the #DiabetesDoesntStopMe Instagram contest where we asked you to share photos to define this hashtag. We received fantastic submissions and selected a random winner, Katie Sterner. Katie submitted photos ranging from a kiss under the Eiffel tower to a post-Zumba workout selfie. We were inspired by her outlook on living life to the fullest and couldn’t wait to meet her in person!

I have lived with diabetes for nearly 17 years, and for 16 of those years, I was on multiple daily injections (MDI). Last March, I started a 6-week pump/CGM trial with Medtronic. My positive experience with that trial convinced me to leave MDI behind and start on a pump. Both the pump and CGM have impacted my diabetes management for the better and have helped me live my life with a #DiabetesDoesntStopMe philosophy. To me, that philosophy means:

  • Diabetes is part of my daily life but it doesn’t define me. I can live the life I want.
  • I can travel anywhere in the world. Sometimes, this takes a little planning, but no destination is out of reach.
  • Being healthy and having diabetes aren’t mutually exclusive. I can be both.
  • I’m using technology that helps me feel as protected as possible.
Sightseeing in LA

When I got the call saying I won Medtronic’s #DiabetesDoesntStopMe Instagram contest, I could hardly contain my excitement! My husband, Adam, and I would fly out to Los Angeles, CA to visit Medtronic headquarters and also do some sightseeing along the way. The 75-degree LA weather was a beautiful escape from snowy South Dakota. During our time in the city, we:

  • Got an up close view of the moon through a huge telescope at Griffith Observatory. The surface really does look like Swiss cheese!
  • Toured Warner Brothers Studios. We visited the actual Friends TV show set and played around with forced perspective like they used in The Hobbit movies.Welcoming our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner | The LOOP BlogWelcoming our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner | The LOOP Blog
  • Explored Santa Monica Pier and took in some prime people-watching at Venice Beach.Welcoming our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner | The LOOP Blog
  • Took a sunset pedicab ride along the beach.
  • Drove through Malibu, along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.
  • Hiked the trails and did some whale watching at Point Dume. It was handy to check my MiniMed® Connect app as we were walking the trails to make sure I didn’t have low BG. We took some stairs down to the rocky beach and soaked in the ocean sounds.Welcoming our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner | The LOOP Blog
Day at Medtronic

My day at Medtronic was one to remember. The social media team had a full day of learning and sharing planned.  A few highlights:

  • Gave feedback on a new pump design and interface. It was exciting to see where pump technology is going and some of the new features Medtronic is developing.
  • Toured Medtronic’s diabetes museum and learned about the history of pump and CGM technology. I was surprised to learn that one of the first pumps was so big that it had to be worn as a backpack!
  • Spoke at the 25th Customer Experience Forum about my diabetes story and my experience with Medtronic.Welcoming our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner | The LOOP Blog
  • Met my StartRight rep, Antrenette, who helped me through my first few months on pump therapy. It was wonderful to put a face to her voice.Welcoming our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner | The LOOP Blog
  • Answered employee questions from all areas of the company: from executives to product designers to engineers to customer service. I was face-to-face with people who work on the products that help keep me safe every day, and they were interested in my feedback.
  • Toured the sensor manufacturing area. The process of making sensors is way more hands on and “made with love” than I thought. Every Enlite sensor I wear is touched by human hands. Pretty cool.Welcoming our Diabetes Doesn’t Stop Me Contest Winner | The LOOP Blog

After my day at Medtronic, I came away with a few thoughts. Medtronic is genuinely interested in customer feedback, both good and bad. My opinion really mattered to the entire team and they were hearing what I had to say. Most importantly, I learned more about how Medtronic is constantly innovating. They want to be a partner in me living my best life and making sure #DiabetesDoesntStopMe! Thank you to Medtronic for this experience!


– Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.
– Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps

– Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
– Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

Medtronic Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems

– The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to treatment.
– Insertion of a glucose sensor may cause bleeding or irritation at the insertion site. Consult a physician immediately if you experience significant pain or if you suspect that the site is infected.

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