This week, a conversation about a medical mystery and a family's search for answers. Nine-year-old Jack Smith was diagnosed with type 1 as a toddler, but in the last year he's become allergic to insulin. His mother, Jaclyn, shares their story with Stacey.
About 2% of people with type 1 diabetes have an insulin allergy, but it’s almost always tied to a type of insulin. They are able to switch and can continue dosing without issues. Jack has reacted to every available type of insulin & all methods of injection or infusion.
Note: This interview was taped 2/28/2017, just before Jack was to go back to Duke for a new treatment. As it airs (3/7/17) the first IVIG treatment Jaclyn mentions resulted in some serious side effects, sending Jack to a local hospital. He's recovered and plans are in place to try to prevent those symptoms at the next infusion.
This week, Meri Schuhmacher-Jackson shares her unique story. Three of her four sons have type 1 diabetes. Several years ago her first husband died after a short & intense battle with cancer. Incredibly, Meri found love again. She's remarried and she and her husband have nine children between them! Meri shares her story on her blog "Our Diabetic Life."
Plus.. a look at a high protein frozen treat called ProYo. This caught our eye after Stacey sampled it at a JDRF Walk and learned the company donates to diabetes causes. Founder Nathan Carey explains how he started the business.
And Diabetes Podcast Week may be over, but we hope you consider support Spare a Rose and our sponsor, Wildtree, all month long!
Stacey's son, Benny, was diagnosed with T1D the first weekend of December 2006. It was one month before he turned two. His big sister, Lea, had just turned 5. This week, Stacey, her husband, Slade, Lea, and Benny all share their stories about how their family's life was changed and about how they've all managed over the last ten years.
This episode also kicks off a contest with Sierra Sandison's Sugar Linings Swag company! We're partnering to give away four shirts for the holidays. Please go to https://www.facebook.com/diabetesconnections/ for all the information and enter!
This is a longer show than usual so it might be helpful to have a guide when the segments begin. You can refer back or skip ahead:
00:07:49 Stacey & Slade
00:43:43 Stacey & Slade (continued)
This week we feature an outstanding family that lives life with never a dull moment. Meet Greg and Kristina Dooley, parents of triplets, Max, Mia & Isabella. Isa, as they call her, was diagnosed with type 1 just when she was two years old. At the time, the family was living abroad. We talk about Isa’s diagnosis, living with type 1 and raising triplets and how as a family they’ve reached out to, and been embraced by, the diabetes community. All three children started Kindergarten this year.
This episode also marks a milestone, as the podcast passes 50,000 downloads! To celebrate we're giving away two gift cards, but we also want to hear from you! Please leave a review on iTunes or on the Diabetes Connections home page by 9/27/2016. Two winners will be selected by random. Full information at www.diabetes-connections.com and click on "Helpful Links" for this episode.
Thanks for listening and for helping us share stories like that of the Dooley family to more and more people!
Happy Mother's Day! This week, Stacey looks at motherhood &diabetes from two inspiring perspectives. Karla Reed is the motherof NASCAR driver Ryan Reed, diagnosed with type 1 when he was 17years old. Karla talks about what she's learned in the five yearssince - a time when Ryan moved across the country to start hisNASCAR career, became a spokesperson for the American DiabetesAssociation and got his first big Xfinity win. Ginger Vieira is amom with type 1 diabetes; her little girl Lucy is 18 months old.Ginger shares her experience of a carefully planned and managedpregnancy. She's now teaming up with her diabetes educator, friend,and fellow T1D mom, Jennifer Smith, to help other women with type 1who want to start a family. Stacey also shares a little bit abouthow a decision her mother made nine years ago, influenced the wayshe and her husband care for and think about her son's T1D.
In Type ONEderland, Finding Hope in the Hard Places, Elizabeth Maxon tells the story of the surprises found when life does not go according to plan. Her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and a thyroid disorder at the age of 5. Stacey also talks with Carolina Panther Kyle Love. Cut by the Patriots two years ago when he was diagnosed with type 2, Love shares the challenges of managing his professional weight (300+ lbs) with managing his diabetes. Stacey also explains why, on his 9 year anniversary of diabetes, her son wants to share an idea called #DFriends.
Speaker & author Moira McCarthy shares an emotional experience from a recent JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. Moira has been on several JDRF rides but this was the first with her daughter, Lauren (diagnosed T1D at age 6). Stacey also talks to Kady Helme, who works at JDRF and recently took part in an artifical pancreas trial.