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Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms | Type 1 Diabetes

The diabetes news show you've been waiting for! Long-time broadcaster, blogger and diabetes mom Stacey Simms interviews prominent T1D advocates, authors and speakers. Stacey asks hard questions of healthcare companies and tech developers and brings on "everyday' people living with type 1. Great for parents of T1D kids, adults with type 1 and anyone who loves a person with diabetes.
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Sep 18, 2018

Big news for Abbott, the makers of the FreeStyle Libre. This summer the FDA okayed a shorter warmup and a longer wear for the glucose monitor. Stacey talks to Tim Dunn, Abbott’s Director of Clinical research. They talk about the challenge of longer wear, the practical info you need to know if you use the Libre, and a look down the road as they partner with companies like Bigfoot.

Plus, a protest planned at the end of the month – all about affordable insulin. We’ll explain how you can help even if you can’t be there in person. Information from T1International here.

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1:30 Stacey Welcome

4:30 Interview with Tim Dunn

40:30 #Insulin4All Protest information 

43:00 Stacey upcoming events & shares why in-person connection is important. She talks about the first time she and Benny met a little boy who wore an insulin pump and what a difference that made for them. 


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Sep 11, 2018

Letting go of your college-aged child is a challenge even without type 1 on board! We talk to the College Diabetes Network, a college senior with T1D and her mom about fears, communication and making it work. CDN recently surveyed parents about their fears and we'll share the top ten.

Plus, medical help for your 18+ year old child. Even if they're still on your health insurance plan, you can't assume you'll be able to help in an emergency or access their medical records. Here are a few articles to help:

Consumer Reports - Help your college aged child in an emergency

Grown & Flown - When your college kid has an emergency

And Stacey shares how what she calls on her of worst diabetes parenting moments became one of her best. 

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1:33 Stacey welcome, mentions Jewish holiday carb counts from Beyond Type 1 and Project Blue November

3:50 Interview with CDN's Stacey Cunnington, Courtney & Karlyn Gale

55:00 Stacey reads the entire list of Top Ten Fears Shared by Parents of T1D College Students

56:30 Know Better: Medical help for your adult child

59:15 Stacey's not-so-proud parenting moment

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Sep 4, 2018

It's been 20 years since Nicole Johnson took the crown, becoming Miss America. That was just five years after she was diagnosed with type 1. At diagnosis, her doctors told her she was too sick to continue college, to pursue her dreams of being a journalist and to have a baby.  Nicole shares how she overcame that prediction to go on to finish school, compete and win pageants and to have a child a few years later. We’ll also talk about some controversy among the Miss American organization today.

Other Miss America contestants with type 1 include Sierra Sandison and Caroline Carter (click to listen to our previous interviews with them)

Plus, one small step toward a DIY Omnipod Loop. Learn more about OpenOmni.

Stacey also shares a recent issue with Benny's insulin pump and what they did for a backup plan. 

This podcast is not intended as medical advice. Please contact your health care provider with any questions. 

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1:50 Stacey Welcome 

2:45 Stacey talks about the official launch of Jesse Was Here for those who've lost a loved one to diabetes

4:15 Listen to Nicole win the crown in 1998

6:00 Interview with Nicole Johnson

53:15 Stacey talks about OpenOmni (you can also learn more about NightScout here and OpenAPS here)

56:10 Stacey shares their issue when Benny's insulin pump wouldn't charge

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Aug 30, 2018

Tandem's Predictive Low Glucose Suspend is out! Stacey and Benny got the software update on Saturday, August 25, 2018 and this bonus episode includes Stacey's thoughts on how the first few days turned out. 

More information on the Basal IQ software here.

Head over to Tandem's portal to sign up to get the update if you already have a Tslim X2 pump and a Dexcom G6

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Aug 28, 2018

Instead of a rescue Glucagon shot, how about a nasal spray? A simple spray for emergency low blood sugar is in front of the FDA right now. We speak with Lilly Diabetes Senior Medical Director Dr. Thomas Hardy about the need for this product, what it is and how it works. 

In our Know Better segment.. a quick tip about Dexom’s G6 - save your papers!! More in Stacey's Facebook live video here.

And a bit about the Bike Beyond documentary.  Stacey says it wasn't what she expected at all. You can buy the DVD here or find out how to host a watch party. 

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1:35 Stacey Welcome - thanks to DiabetesMine and Jacobs Media (& Elsie Escobar) for featuring us in recent columns

5:30 Interview with Dr. Thomas Hardy, Medical Director for Lilly Diabetes

28:30 Stacey shares her mistake when she was training again on injectible glucagon

32:00 Dexcom G6 information - keep your paper

35:30 Bike Beyond - Stacey's review of the documentary

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Aug 21, 2018

It's time for back to school with T1D. Do you know your child's rights and how to best talk to school staff? We have an in depth conversation with Crystal Woodward, Director of the American Diabetes Association’s Safe at School program. 

Crystal talks about daycare, preschool and elementary schools. She knows her stuff - in addition to heading up the ADA's program, Crystal's daughter was diagnosed as an infant and is now an ICU nurse. 

Plus, a ready to use glucagon pen goes to the FDA.. what would the first room temperature-stable liquid glucagon mean for us? Find out about Xeris's product and the unique way they filed for approval.

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1:20 Stacey welcome and a little bit about sending Benny to daycare and Kindergarten. Mentions FB Live where we announced being selected as a Top Ten Health Podcast (The Podcast Awards)

4:45 Interview with Crystal Woodard about ADA's Safe at School

52:30 Stacey talks about easy podcast apps to use if you're listening on Facebook or through the website and want other options.

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57:00 Stable Glucagon goes to the FDA

1:02:30 Stacey hits the road! Reach out if you'd like her to come speak to your group.

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Aug 14, 2018

Can you pilot a plane when you have diabetes? Our guests this week say absolutely yes! Two private pilots, Douglas Cairns and Thor Dahl, share their stories and explain why they went after a world record recently. They visited the most US states in 24 hours, to show that a T1D diagnosis shouldn’t ground you.

We talk about the current regulations surrounding flying in the United States and other countries and why Douglas and Thor continue to push the limits toward change. Check out Douglas's websites Flying with Diabetes and Pilots with Diabetes.

Plus, a little bit of an editorial this week. Stacey talks about how she posted in her local group about the really widespread use of the word “dread.” She's not a fan - why she wants us to think before we use it again.

Stacey is the MC for the debut of Bike Beyond - The Documentary in Charlotte this Sunday 8/19. We followed them coast to coast last summer. You can hear more about the ride here and more about the plan for the documentary in this episode. Watch the trailer here.

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1:50 Stacey Welcome 

5:15 Stacey talks to Douglas and Thor about flying with T1D

38:30 Why "The Dreaded" is driving Stacey bananas - a little bit on language and fear

43:30 Update on Benny's return from sleep-away camp 

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Aug 7, 2018

One of the problems in carrying low treatments everywhere is actually carrying them. This week, learn about a glucose necklace expected to come to market this fall. Inventor Kris Maynard is a former fire fighter and first-responder who lives with type 1. 

Stacey talks to Kris about the product, gets some advice about medical alert bracelets, tattoos and what we can do before we call 911. Kris shares the frightening low blood sugar that prompted this new product.

Plus a little bit from Benny about sending kid with diabetes to non-diabetes sleep-away camp. He and Stacey chat in the car about what he does to make his four weeks away work out.

And we talk about Jesse Was Here. It's a new program from Beyond Type 1 and Jesse's mom, Michelle Page-Alswager. Michelle's blog referenced by Stacey can be found here. 

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1:40 Stacey Welcome

4:25 Interview with Glucose Revival Inventor Kris Maynard

17:35 Stacey explains Jesse Was Here

22:20 Stacey & Benny talk about camp (in the car on the way there)

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Jul 31, 2018

Diagnosed with type 1 at the age of nine, Mark Andrews dreamed of playing professional football. His dream came true earlier this year when he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. They kick off their NFL season this week with the preseason Hall of Fame Game.

Stacey talks to Mark about his diagnosis and how he manages T1D at practices and game days. Mark also shares how a teenager really feels when his parents worry about those highs and lows during sports.

Plus, a South Carolina firefighter gets a big surprise from OneTouch. We'll tell you about Perry Clanton’s Small Victory - he lost 96 pounds after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and now he's helping his fellow fire fighters get healthy.

And Stacey is one of the winners of DiabetesMine's Patient Voices Contest! She'll be traveling to their Innovation Summit in November. 

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1:20 Stacey Welcome

3:45 Interview with Mark Andrews

36:15 Interview with Bridget Kimmel from LifeScan and Perry Clanton, SC Firefighter

48:00 Stacey explains the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit

51:00 A little bit about Benny from summer camp - "A Letter From the Counselor."

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Jul 24, 2018

It's our very first show on the road, taped in front of an audience. Nothing serious. In fact, it was a game show – with trivia questions, limericks and more! Play along at home and see how you stack up against our contestants.

Our panelists are: Rodney Miller, founder of Bolus and Barbells, Christel Aprigliano, founder of DPAC, Christopher Snider, Community Manager with Tidepool and our scorekeeper/announcer is Moira McCarthy author of Raising Teens with Diabetes

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1:15 Stacey Welcome

2:20 Wait Wait Don't Poke Me - taped live at Friends for Life!

46:00 More information about the show - audio issues explained, Stacey explains some of the "inside jokes" during the show, including Scott Johnson of MySugr (he was sitting in the front row and we mentioned him a few times)

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