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Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms Type 1 Diabetes

The T1D news show you've been waiting for! Long-time broadcaster, blogger and diabetes mom Stacey Simms interviews prominent 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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May 21, 2019

For 14 years, Kerri Sparling has shared her story on the very popular blog, SixUntilMe. This month, she published her last post. We take a look back with Kerri and go beyond the blog. We also asked her mom, Debbe, to join us! Debbe shares what she thinks of Kerri's accomplishments and influence and we talk about raising a child with type 1 in a time with very different technology and tools. 

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In our Community Connection – help for people with diabetes who have insurance but still can't afford all of their supplies. We catch up with Diabetes Will's Way as they celebrate 5 years!

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And Tell Me Something Good – meeting your people for the first time. How diabetes conferences are good for the body and the mind. Listeners share their stories and Stacey talks about a recent TCOYD conference.

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00:00 Show Open - What's going on this week?!

1:46 Stacey Welcome - She shares a great mother's day present: Benny was Rufus at their local JDRF walk and Lea worked a food truck at the walk. Proud mama moment! Some info about the website - it's still under construction - you can listen to shows there but lots of good new stuff is coming!

5:15 Interview with Kerri Sparling and her mom, Debbe

40:00 Catching up with Lisa Oberndorfer, the founder of Diabetes Will's Way - she's Will's mom - as she marks 5 years of helping people with health insurance who still can't afford what they need. Will was diagnosed at 13 and just graduated high school this year. He was the valedictorian of his class! We also hear from Kathy who received a grant for her daughter's Dexcom CGM.

55:15 Tell me something good: Sarah is 26 just recently diagnosed and met her first T1D people at the EPIC conference in Denver. Stacey talks about the TCOYD conference and a specific session with Dr. William Polonsky of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute 


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Feb 5, 2019

Let's #Talk About Complications. That’s a hashtag created by this week's guest who's taking a topic that most of us would rather avoid, and putting it into the spotlight.

Chris Aldred is better known as the Grumpy Pumper and he wants us to stop being ashamed to talk about possible complications from diabetes and to stop the blame surrounding this dicey issue.

More information on his blog here

Find out more about Spare A Rose

Find out more about Diabetes Podcast Week

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Also this week, your diabetes educator is getting some help when it comes to staying current on technology. Stacey talks to AADE's Chief Technology and Innovations officer about a new resource for educators called DANA.

And, tell me something good: a big step forward for a 5 year old two years into her T1D journey and a big award for a tween.

This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider
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1:40 Stacey welcome, explains that Chris Aldred's son was just diagnosed with type 1 over this past weekend. She explains Diabetes Podcast week and shares a story about Nick Jonas's wedding reception, not far from where she lives.

8:30 Interview with The Grumpy Pumper

39:20 Interview with Crystal Broj

47:00 Tell Me Something Good: Congratulations to 5-year-old Rose who just checked her blood sugar for the first time! And congrats to 12-year-old Logan Merwin for winning the JDRF Spirit Award at Run Disney! Learn more about Logan, the Elbow Bump Kid


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Dec 11, 2018

Advocate and author Quinn Nystrom was diagnosed with type 1 as a young teenager, just a few years after her little brother developed T1D. Her high school prom date inspired the title of her book, "If I Kiss You Will I Get Diabetes."

Quinn shares her story, talks about running for office and tells us what's next. 

Plus, MySugr CEO Frank Westermann on how his company tries to help make diabetes suck less (and we get Stacey's reaction to that motto).

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2:00 Stacey welcome

3:00 Stacey shares podcast reviews (one is a question about the Facebook group, link below)

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5:00 Scott Johnson interviewed Stacey last week via FB live. You can watch that here or read the transcript! Stacey also shares the story of the first time she met Scott at the Friends for Life conference.

8:20 Interview with Quinn Nystrom

47:30 Interview with Frank Westermann

57:40 Stacey talks about events for next year


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Oct 23, 2018

Once called deliberately non-compliant, this week's guest is all about the importance of language when it comes to diabetes. Renza Scibilia has some strong opinions about why words really matter.

We’ll talk more about her non compliance – it has to do with her Looping, using one of the do it yourself options - and about her diagnosis as a young adult. Plus, information from Diabetes Australia and The Grumpy Pumper

In our Community Connections this week, the Type 1 Renegade Run is making noise in the Northeast. The event this past weekend marks the 7th year of this obstacle course and block party.

And a closer look at keeping insulin at the right temperature from the pharmacy to your fridge. JDRF, ADA & Helmsley Trust are teaming up to study this issue. 

Did you see Chris Ruden pop up in the NBC Titan Games promo?! Here's our interview with the T1D body builder from last year.

 
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1:30 Stacey Welcome - Syracuse and DC round ups, looking ahead to the DiabetesMine Summit

4:00 Interview with Renza Scibilia

39:40 Interview with Renegade Run's Tyson Sunnerberg

52:00 Know Better: insulin study

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Sep 27, 2018

A difficult but important interview with Nicole Smith Holdt. Her son, Alec, died in 2017 just after he came off his parents' health insurance and realized he couldn't afford his supplies. He began rationing insulin and died less than a month later.

Stacey talks to Nicole about how this could have happened and what her message is to the diabetes community and to lawmakers. Nicole will be at the #Insulin4All rally and protect Sept 30 at Eli Lilly headquarters.

More information:

Insulin4All Protest information

NPR: High Price of Insulin Leads to Lethal Rationing

Snopes: Did Alec Smith Die Because He Couldn't Afford Insulin


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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. 

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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 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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Jul 17, 2018

It's been more than 30 years since the play & then the hugely popular movie Steel Magnolias came out. It still continues to be a focal point for women, pregnancy and diabetes. When Stacey's local theater announced their production, she decided to put together this round-table of moms who have type 1. 

You'll hear from: Kerri Sparling, author of Six Until Me & “Balancing Diabetes.” Melissa Lee, Director of Community Relations for Bigfoot Biomedical & Kyrra Richardson, founder & Creative Director of Myabetic

Kerri, Melissa & Kyrra talk about their feelings around Steel Magnolias, their experiences with diabetes during pregnancy and now as they raise their children.

Resources:

JDRF Pregnancy Toolkit

http://www.jdrf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Outreach_pregnancy_12-14-12.pdf

Diabetes Sisters: 

https://diabetessisters.org/blog/qa-ginger-vieira-pregnancy-and-diabetes

https://diabetessisters.org/blogs/pregnancy-motherhood  

 https://diabetessisters.org/sites/default/files/FINAL%20POSTER%2007.26.16%20USE%20THIS%20ONE.pdf 

Beyond Type 1: Pregnancy Resources

https://beyondtype1.org/pregnancy/

Plus a big award for a diabetes group that made a big difference last year during those devastating hurricanes. Read the article from DiabetesMine

And Stacey clarifies her the circumstances around her receipt of the G6 system earlier this spring.

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1:30 Stacey welcome - taping from the Friends for Life Conference, so apologies about the rough voice this week!

4:30 Dexcom G6 clarification - Stacey received the system and one month supply free earlier this spring. She explains why she initially thoguht (and told listeners) that she was paying for it. She is now paying for all G6 supplies.

7:15 Steel Magnolias Roundtable with Kerri, Melissa & Kyrra

59:20 A big honor for Insulin For Life USA after their work during last year's hurricanes.

1:02:45 Benny's at camp doing cannonballs (please let that Dexcom stay on!)

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Jul 10, 2018

You’re hearing a lot right now about Children with Diabetes Friends for Life. The largest family diabetes conference in the world starts this week. But how did it begin? What's it about? You’ll hear from the founder of the whole event.

(This episode contains excerpts from our interview with Laura in 2015. You can listen to that whole episode here)

Plus, questions from the Facebook Group for Stacey. Some diabetes, some personal. 

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1:00 Stacey Welcome

4:30 Excerpts from interview with Laura Billetdeaux

19:45 Facebook Group: Ask Me Anything

40:00 Stacey talks about her latest Audible download

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41:50 Next week: Moms who have type 1 talk about Steel Magnolias

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May 1, 2018

People with diabetes often live with other conditions as well. Find out about a new campaign called Now You See Me, an effort by the folks at Riding on Insulin to educate about living with multiple diagnoses.

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Stacey talks to professional snowboarder and founder of ROI Sean Busby who lives with T1D and Lupus. It took Sean a long time to let an accurate type 1 diagnosis and even longer to determine he has lupus. He shares the story of that journey, explains how he got back to competitive snowboarding and why he started Riding on Insulin.

We find out more about ROI from Mollie Busby. When she and Sean aren't skiing and snowboarding and teaching kids how to love the outdoors, they live in a Yurt in Montana!

Visit Beyond Type 1 for more information on the #NowYouSeeMeCampaign

Find out more about the Charlotte ROI/JDRF event we talk about 

In our Know Better segment.. A new study about adults, type 1 and other autoimmune conditions.

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1:45 Stacey Welcome

4:30 Interview with Sean Busby

43:00 Know Better: study about type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune conditions

47:00 Community Connection with Mollie Busby

1:02:00 Stacey shares her Riding on Insulin story

Where will Stacey be?

     May: Lilly Blogger Summit

     May: JDRF One Challenge with Riding on Insulin

     July: Children with Diabetes Friends for Life

     October: Children with Diabetes Falls Church

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