About Leighann

Leighann of D-Mom Blog

Leighann of D-Mom Blog

Leighann Calentine is the author of the book Kids First, Diabetes Second and the website D-Mom Blog.

She is married with two children, has a graduate degree, and works for a major university doing research. Her daughter “Q” was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May, 2008 just a few months shy of her fourth birthday. Her son “R” was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve, which is a congenital heart defect. Both children are thriving.

Located in Illinois, Leighann is available for travel to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, as well as trips by air.

Read more about D-Mom Blog. See recent press and blog coverage. Hire her for freelance work or social media consulting.

Kids First, Diabetes Second Book

Leighann is the author of the book Kids First, Diabetes Second which was published in the summer of 2012 and is receiving great praise.

Social Media & Diabetes Advocacy

National Wildlife Federation Be Out There Founding Mother: As a founding mother, Leighann and her family took a week long challenge to spend an hour outdoors every day. Read about her family’s experience with the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There Challenge.

Diabetes Advocates: Original member of The Diabetes Advocates, a not-for-profit program that pools the resources of its members to do promotional activities that are too difficult or expensive to do independently.

Social Media Summits and Forums: Leighann has attended social media events around the country for various diabetes-related companies including Roche, Medtronic, Sanofi, and Lilly.


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.

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

ShareCare Now: Included in the Top 10 Online Influencers in diabetes in November 2011.

Wego Health: Nominated for a health activist award in the “Advocating for Another” category in December 2011.

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

Newspaper, Magazine, and Book Coverage

Diabetes Forecast: Enjoying Halloween When You Have Diabetes (October 2010)

The News Gazette: Mom Makes Sure Life is Sweet for Her Diabetic Child (August 3, 2010)

Smart Money The Wall Street Journal Magazine: Price Cuts on Playthings (December 2009)

Parenting: Mom Debate (October 2009)

Woman’s World: You Deserve the Best Popsicle (August 17, 2009)

Self Magazine: Surprising Milestones (August 2009)

Wall Street Journal: The First-Grader’s First PC (November 1, 2007)

Product Reviews

Product Reviews: She often talks about products that her family purchases and uses right here on D-Mom Blog. If you would like your diabetes- or food-related product, company, or program reviewed on D-Mom Blog, please use the contact form.


Please use the contact form or e-mail her [leighann (at) d-mom (dot) com] if you are interested in:

  • Hiring Leighann for freelance writing or diabetes social media consulting
  • Inviting Leighann to a blogger outreach trip
  • Submitting a product for review
  • Asking how she can become an ambassador for your brand
  • Securing advertising
  • Obtaining quotes for your publication
  • Have questions about parenting a diabetic child
  • Or just want to sit and have a cup of coffee
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