In 2012 Leighann published her first book Kids First, Diabetes Second: tips for parenting a child with type 1 diabetes. Her website D-Mom Blog is one of the most visible diabetes blogs online. As a freelance writer, she has written editorial articles for corporate blogs and parenting websites. She is frequently asked for quotes about parenting and diabetes.


Kids First, Diabetes Second


D-Mom Blog


Eric Hoffer AwardKids First, Diabetes Second is a 2013 Eric Hoffer Award winner, receiving an honorable mention in the health category.

About.com: Kids First, Diabetes Second was a finalist for the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards on About.com Parenting Special Needs.

Healthline: Included in The 17 Best Diabetes Blogs of 2012 and The 17 Best Diabetes Health Blogs of 2013.

Diabetes Hero: Named by Accu-Chek as a Diabetes Hero Torchbearer in 2011.

ShareCare Now: Included in the Top 10 Online Influencers in diabetes in 2011 and “Top 10 Social Healthmakers on Diabetes” in 2013.

Wego Health: Nominated for a health activist award in the “Advocating for Another” category in 2011. Nominated as “Best in Show” in 2013.

Parents Magazine: D-Mom Blog was nominated in 2011 for the Best Kids Health Blog.

Alltop: D-Mom Blog is featured on the Alltop Diabetes Page

Freelance Writing

turn-diabetes-trash-into-holiday-treasure-1024x536Turn Your Diabetes Trash Into Holiday Treasures (Disney T1 Everyday Magic)

Halloween Crafts Made From Insulin Pump Supplies (Disney T1 Everyday Magic)

4 Brilliant Ways to Deal With Cupcakes and Other Classroom Treats (Disney Spoonful)

A Caregiver’s Journey to Pump Therapy Part 3: Multiple Daily Injections vs. Insulin Pumping (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

A Caregiver’s Journey to Pump Therapy Part 2: Challenges with Multiple Daily Injections (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

A Caregiver’s Journey to Pump Therapy Part 1: My Daughter’s Diabetes Diagnosis (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

Life With Diabetes: Caregiver Happiness (Sanofi The DX)

How Can We Raise Diabetes Awareness? (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

Diabetes Advice from a D-Mom: Five-Year Diabetes Anniversary (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

504 Plans (Sanofi The DX)

The Pros of CGMs for Kids (and Parents) (Diabetes Forecast)

Diabetes Heroes (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

People Say the Darndest Things…to People with Diabetes (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

Late Night Nerves? (Sanofi The DX)

Diabetes During the Holiday Season (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

As a Child Grows (Sanofi The DX)

Pump Anniversary: Celebrating Freedom (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

Easing the Worries (Sanofi The DX)

Tricks for Treating Your Child with Diabetes (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

Diabetes and Teacher Training (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

Diabetes School Supplies (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

Diabetes Show and Tell (Insulet OmniPod Suite D)

Getting Back on the Play-Date Circuit (Disney Family.com)

The Summertime Shift (Disney Family.com)

Guest Posts

After the Wedding (Lemonade Life)

Halloween With Diabetes: The Trick to Treats (Diabetes Mine)

The Cookies (Lemonade Life)

Quotes and Interviews

Telling Others About Your Child’s Diabetes (Diabetes Forecast)

What’s in Your Lunch Box? (Sanofi The DX)

What’s on Your Tray? (Sanofi The DX)

Enjoying Halloween When You Have Diabetes (Diabetes Forecast)

Mom Makes Sure Life is Sweet for Her Diabetic Child (The News-Gazette)

How One Pharma Company Is Making A Difference With Patients (Huffington Post)

D-Moms: Parenting children with diabetes (BabyCenter MOMformation)