Author Archives: Holly


Looping in the backcountry 1

I love backcountry camping trips. It is important to my well-being to spend time with lots of trees, water, and few people. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) has always added to the logistical challenge of this need to get away, but I’ve usually managed it somehow, including my most difficult trip with T1D: a backcountry canoeing […]


My response to the anonymous Foundation letter

Like others in Canadian health research, last week, I received an anonymous invitation to fill out a google form to sign a letter to the president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The letter recommends that the president reconsider the recent decision to shutter a particular grant program, which awarded larger, longer grants […]


Getting Access to Paywalled Papers 20

I wrote this to explain some things that are often invisible to people who don’t publish in peer-reviewed journals as corresponding authors. My primary purpose for putting up this post is to share that even in the current, imperfect system, there are things that anyone can do to more easily access paywalled papers. Scroll down […]


Tenure 5

Reflections on being awarded tenure as a woman with kids and a disability / chronic illness Short version There is no universal experience. In my individual experience, a good partner can make the ‘with kids’ part much easier but the ‘and a disability / chronic illness’ part remains tough. Support helps, but no one else […]


me sitting at the edge of a rock face with a baby on my back in a carrier

33 things I’ve learned in 33 years with diabetes

Me, a few years pre-diagnosis: I was diagnosed with diabetes 33 years ago yesterday. I spent a month living in Pasqua Hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan, injecting insulin into an orange, making friends with a little girl with leukemia, and missing school desperately. When I went home, I took Toronto & NPH insulin twice a day […]


Medical decision making and diabetes: Mon Oct 20 2:45-4:15p Eastern

I have organized a symposium at an upcoming conference in Miami. The topic is medical decision making in diabetes, and the focus is on incorporating diversity. Mila Ferrer is one of our speakers, and we have some very exciting(1) academic speakers as well. “Medical decision making” is academic speak for everything from “helping people with […]


Why you want patient partners on your research team 2

Last night, I glanced at twitter just before going to sleep. (Rarely a good idea, I know.) I noted a tweet posted by the account of the editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, a high impact and generally (no pun intended) excellent journal: Simple experiment in #JGIM finds that #diabetes feedback using grades, […]