Natasha Gajewski, a healthy woman and mom became a self-quantifier due to an illness. In order to get a diagnosis by a doctor she had to track her symptoms. She developed an iOS app to help her do this. The app was built for her, but recently diagnosed patient with a complex autoimmune disease. In this talk, she shares her experiences about tracking symptoms for her illness.
The Arithmetic of Life
David Gordon does strategy at Intel. He's had diabetes for 15 years. He talks about diabetes and the importance of numbers from the perspective of a type 1 diabetic. He discusses how diabetes Type I is really the interplay of a way of life, carbs, your blood sugar, and the amount of insulin you inject.
Self-Monitoring and Cancer Survivorship
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ian started measuring even more of his lifestyle in the hope of surviving longer. In this talk, he shares how self-monitoring with a body composition monitor is a useful took for assessing cancer progress between doctor visits, potentially allowing lifestyle relationships with it to be explored.
After his grandma started to show signs of dementia in 1982, Ken Snyder became interested in knowing more about dementia and how he can lower his risk. In this video, he talks about his experience in lowering dementia risk by optimizing his diet. He shares how he did it and what he learned.
Which Grasses Aggravate My Allergies?
Thomas Blomseth Christiansen
Thomas Christiansen's allergies are aggravated when he runs during grass pollen season. For this project he used a GoPro to document passing vegetation and a device to record his sneezes in order to pinpoint which plants activated his nose.
Tracking my Son's Diabetes
Vivienne Ming is an accomplished neuroscientist and an entrepreneur. When she’s not conducting research or working on new ideas she’s busy taking care of her son, Felix. Two years ago Felix was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Vivienne and her partner tackled his diagnosis head on and started tracking everything they could. In this talk, Vivienne learns through tracking her son's heart rate and blood sugar constantly that stress is a factor of his blood sugar level peaks. She explains what they’re learning together about tracking her son's diabetes.
Experiments In Treating My Crohn's Disease
Four years ago, Ari Meisel was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. After a couple years of intense pain, sixteen pills a day, and another visit to the hospital, he decided to take control of his pain. So he started to track everything and eventually cured himself of Crohn's disease by experimenting with some unusual supplements, nutrition and fitness regimens. In this talk, Ari discusses what he learned from his experiment and shares his tracking regimen.
We Are Not Waiting
Dana Lewis became a reluctant self-tracker at the age of 14 when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Dana and her partner Scott Leibrand have been developing a DIY artificial pancreas that is built on top of the data flows from Dana’s continuous glucose monitor. In this talk, she describes the role that access to data plays in their DIY pancreas, with immediate and profoundly positive effects on her life. She also explains why she's constantly pushing for patients to stop waiting for solutions and go the DIY route.
Balancing Neurotransmitters In Neurological Illness
Sara Riggare had her first symptoms of Parkinson's in 1984 when she was only 13 years old. In this video, she talks about the medications that helps her to move, think, and function. In this video, she shares how she keeps up with her progressive neurological illness by tweaking and re-tweaking her medications through tracking, so she doesn't have to take the generic prescription. The medications are essential to live her life, but she has learned that the dosing can be modified to allow her to still feel like herself.