This week, live TV, every day, with type 1 diabetes. What’s it like to do a morning show, getting up in the middle of the night to deliver the news of the day when you also have to think about where your blood sugar is? Cristina Frank shares her story, how she got to WMTW in Maine, how The Baby Sitter’s Club Books helped a cousin figure out she had T1D when she was 11, and how much the news business has changed in just the last few years.
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This week, living and thriving for 75 years with type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed in 1941, Judy Ball has seen incredible changes in diabetes management. There was a time before home monitoring when doctors weren’t sure people with diabetes could be trusted to even check their own blood sugar. We talk about how World War II affected Judy's initial care, her doctor’s connection to Banting & Best.. the scientists who unlocked the key to insulin, and how her great-nephew who also has type 1.. helped her change her routine.
Plus, a follow up on last week’s guest, Broadway performer Maddy Trumble and a little bit about Stacey's son managing diabetes during his first middle school play.
This week, Real Life Diabetes is a podcast hosted by the people behind Diabetes Daily Grind. Amber Clour & Ryan Fightmaster are two adults with type 1 who found the “grind” is a lot easier with someone who understands. Amber & Ryan share what inspired them to start their podcast, what they’ve learned and why they did an episode from a hot tub.
Plus, a group of friends had so much fun at obstacle course races.. they decided to start their own. We meet the group Type One and hear about their event, The Renegade Run
And a big name in country makes a big donation to diabetes research. Stacey shares her experience at a recent JDRF Gala; she was in the room when Eric Church donated one million dollars!
Scott Scolnick was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes more than 40 years ago. He shares his experience living with type 1 as a teen in the 1970s and the emotional moment when he walked his daughter down the aisle, knowing he'd worked so hard to stay healthy for that very special day.
Scott was one of the first people to try the Bionic Pancreas. He talks about what it was like to not worry about his blood glucose and how hard it was to go back to "normal" after the trial. Scott now works with Dario and explains its new meter, which connections to a smartphone.
Ernesto Prado always wanted to be an astronaut but when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teenager, that dream had to change. He found a way to work in the space program anyway, as a technical project manager at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. He says going to work every day is a dream come true, and he has even bigger goals for his career. Ernesto's journey wasn't easy, his family wanted him to keep diabetes a secret at first, and he had some very bumpy times in college. He shares what helped him get back on track, mistakes he's learned from and why he wants people with diabetes to keep pushing the boundaries of what others think they can do.
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Sam Talbot shot to fame as a finalist on Bravo's Top Chef, then helped found the new diabetes advocacy group, Beyond Type 1. Diagnosed with type 1 when he was 11, Sam shares his love of healthy food, clean eating and managing diabetes despite a very busy schedule & lots of travel. Our Community Connection this week is health coach Daniele Hargenrader, better known at Diabetes Dominator. She's overcome her own health and life challenges with gusto and now helps others succeed.
Julie Allred was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, a generation ago. Told she wouldn't live past 30 and would never have children, Julie proved her doctors wrong but eventually had so many low blood sugars that she couldn't drive or leave her house unaccompanied. Two islet cell transplants as part of a clinical trial have changed her life. Julie is also a school nurse; she shares advice for parents on working with school staff.
Wrap up 2015 with a look back at our top episodes of the year. Listen to excerpts from interviews with Nightscout co-creator John Costik, Nightscout Foundation President James Weddington & contributor Kate Farnsworth. You'll hear from Moira McCarthy, the author of Raising Teens with Diabetes, Richard Vaughn, who marked 70 years of living with type 1 this year (he was diagnosed in 1945!) and Dexcom Chief Technical Officer Jorge Valdez. To hear the full interviews - or any of the interviews from 2015 - visit www.diabetes-connections.com/archives/
Happy New Year!
Author Andrew Deutscher talks about his book, Typecast, Amazing People Overcoming the Chronic Disease of Type 1 Diabetes. It's a look at how some people are able to turn their diagnosis into motivation or inspiration, allowing them to achieve incredible goals. Our Community Connection features Check B4U Drive, a safe driving program aimed at teengers with T1D. And this week marks nine years since Stacey's son was diagnosed. She explains what she'd go back and tell herself on that day if she had the chance.
Richard Vaughn was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1945 at the age of six. This month, he marks 70 years of living with T1D. Vaughn shares how diabetes management and tools have changed over the years and why he thinks he's been able to stay healthy. Our Community Connection features a woman who's also lived a long time with type 1 (40 years) but still encounters some awkward situations. She shares an uncomfortable moment she had while traveling and how she dealt with it.
Stacey interviews Natalie Irish and Chase Pelletier, both part of the Animas Heroes program. Irish is a gifted artist who one day decided to paint in a unique and remarkable way. She “kisses” the canvas, using her lips to create her art. She appeared on Conan O’Brien show with her bright pink insulin pump in 2012. Her portrait of Conan still hangs in his show’s green room. Pelletier is a 19 year old touring car driver who’s already setting records. He’s part of the Drive 4 Diabetes program as well as competing in the F2000 open wheel racing series in Canada, and the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car-A racing series in the U.S.
Stacey talks to blogger, author and speaker Kerri Sparling, of Six Until Me. Kerri talks about the power of ordinary success with diabetes, how she decides what to keep private and the Spare a Rose charitable campaign. We'll also hear about a connection at theater camp and Stacey has some advice if you're looking to connect with other people with diabetes in real life.