Category: Personal Stories

Growing my career with Glooko

I had a unique path to Glooko. I was born and raised here in Silicon Valley. Prior to Glooko, I worked in various executive assistant and office manager roles within the the semiconductor industry for over 15 years. The company that I was working for at the time was purchased and my position was eliminated.  Continue Reading »

My Journey to Glooko and the World of Diabetes Management

Life is funny. If you had asked me 10 years ago where I would be in life, I would not have guessed that I’d be working for a startup company that is the leader of the diabetes management space. My journey to Glooko has been one of many paths, all driven by the desire to  Continue Reading »

Rebounding after taking a break from diabetes

I have had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 42 years and YES it’s been a road trip of ups and downs. Some of you might remember my previous blog where I wrote about growing up and being pregnant with T1D. When I was first diagnosed, there was insulin, syringes and Clinitest: a test that required  Continue Reading »

My Two Weeks Using Glooko

“The central premise of user-centred design is that the best-designed products and services result from understanding the needs of the people who will use them” -UK Design Council I began working at Glooko this summer as the company’s first user experience researcher. User research focuses on understanding users’ behavior, needs, and motivations by talking to  Continue Reading »

Asking my dad to use Glooko

About twenty years ago, my dad called me for one of our routine, catch-up conversations. We had been speaking for some time, then very casually, he informed me that he’d been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) earlier that week. At the time, he was 51 years old and had always been a very physically  Continue Reading »

4 Ways to Feel Health Creating Gratitude

We talk to a lot of people with chronic disease here at Glooko. In addition to the challenges that daily life can give us, along with political, economic and social challenges that we all can feel, chronic disease can make life particularly hard. I have always found that showing and feeling gratitude makes me personally  Continue Reading »

Meet Sondra! Learn How She Shares Data with Her Doctor

Tell us about yourself. I was diagnosed at age 57 originally with Type 2 diabetes. Before my diagnosis, I was experiencing massive cravings for soda, fuzzy vision and weight loss. When I went in to see my doctor, my blood glucose level was 568 mg/dL. I was immediately started on Metformin.  The following week when  Continue Reading »

How I celebrate my Diaversary

There are days in our lives when we honor milestones and recognize them each year. Often these milestones are limited to birthdays, weddings, and deaths. For people with diabetes, a number of us acknowledge the date of our diagnosis on a yearly basis. We call this day our “diaversary.” On October 21st of this year,  Continue Reading »

Meet Steven! Learn How He Tracks His Carb Intake

Tell us about yourself. My body was not metabolizing what I was eating because my pancreas wasn’t working. As a result I had a Whipple procedure on January 3, 2006. At this time, I was still not a diabetic. On July 7, 2008, I retired from my job as an Educational Administrator for the New  Continue Reading »

Making a Difference in People’s Lives

Before I started working at Glooko, my knowledge about diabetes was very limited. My mother is a person with diabetes (PWD) and all I knew was that she takes a daily insulin shot. It seemed completely normal to me when I was a child. Because I also have extended family members who have diabetes, their  Continue Reading »

My Glooko Internship: An Unexpected Journey

My Glooko marketing internship started a little different than most. While many with job opportunities in the Bay are excited to work for a tech company, as a person who was raised in the heart of the Silicon Valley, my expectations were lukewarm at best. I had just finished finals the previous Friday and had  Continue Reading »

Winning at Life with T1D

I was 10 years old when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Back when I was that young, there was no blood sugar testing or HbA1C test. Pork insulin and urine testing were the norm for any person living with diabetes in those days. With so few resources, education became critical. So I went to a  Continue Reading »

Glooko: My Professional Passion

When you’re a kid, you see adults going to work and coming home tired. You don’t know why they’re tired, so you fantasize about what their day is like and sometimes you wish you could be in your parent’s shoes. As time progresses, you find your specific area of interest, and if you are lucky,  Continue Reading »