Thanks for visiting. Pull up a chair, pour a cup of coffee and sit a while. If you’re visiting for the first time, there isn’t much you need to know to catch up. I’m an open book, full of flaws and imperfections. I’d love to know more about you, and I’m easy to reach :: victoria[at]victoriacumbow[dot]com.
Diabetes information and disclaimers (also known as the legal stuff I have to post): I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about 22 years ago and quickly learned having a network of support contributes beyond all imagination to my diabetes management and control. I’m thankful to have found the Diabetes Online Community, or the DOC, and I follow the Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics and the Health on the Net Foundation Code of Ethics. My thoughts here are my own and do not reflect those of my employer nor anyone else. While I share my personal journey with type 1 diabetes, everyone’s management requires different actions and yields different results.
I am not a licensed medical professional, so please consult a doctor for anything related to your own diabetes management and/or control.
In addition to my advocacy through blogging and Twitter, I’m also an advocate for diabetes in my local community of Nashville, Tenn. I’ve been a volunteer with the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a trained mentor through JDRF and a former USA Cycling Level 3 JDRF Ride Coach with the Middle Tennessee Chapter (and the Huntsville, Ala.)
A little more: I recently turned my years of T1D volunteering and advocacy into a full-time job when I became Development Manager for the JDRF Middle Tennessee chapter. Formerly, I worked as Marketing Manager with Abingdon Press, the publishing house of the United Methodist Church, and as Communications Specialist for HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. I have a background in print journalism with The Huntsville (Ala.) Times. I’m an Auburn University alumna, which greatly contributes to my sports enthusiasm. I’m an avid reader and a closet political/news junkie. I’m a native of Tennessee and love being in the outdoors more than anything else — usually with these two:
I’m an avid cyclist and endurance athlete, currently training for a 70.3 distance triathlon. I’m a member of the Tennessee Women’s Cycling Project, a local team that supports women in cycling, and I serve on the Board of Directors for Walk Bike Nashville, a local advocacy group in Nashville striving to make our city a more walkable, bikeable and liveable place to call home. I work with various organizations in and around Nashville including Oasis Bike Workshop, Room in the Inn, the Martha O’Bryan Center and Ethos Church.
Additional policies and disclaimers: I understand that when accessing my website or interacting with me online, the privacy and confidentiality of personal information is important to you. That’s why I’m committed to safeguarding the personal details you provide me. Your e-mail, identity or any additional personal information will not be shared.
I work hard to meet or exceed the legal requirements of medical information privacy that apply in the state of Alabama. My thoughts expressed through victoriacumbow.com and this blog are mine alone and are not endorsed by a medical professional. My personal experience of living with type 1 diabetes is the basis for my opinions, statements, blogs, conclusions and anything else posted on this site. Any additional research outside of my own experiences will be documented and linked appropriately.
My site is hosted through an independent hosting company and is personally funded. I do not display advertisements, nor do I receive any outside funding. Any posts discussing events involving monetary gain or reimbursement will be identified and linked appropriately.