Diabetes Hands Foundation's slogan is "no one with diabetes should feel alone." You'll hear from DHF interim executive director Melissa Lee. She did feel alone with her diabetes for a very long time and shares how she came to find support. This episode also features blogger and speaker Kelly Kunik about I Wish People Knew That Diabetes. It started as a hashtag on Twitter and is now blossoming into an exciting new campaign.
Sebastien Sasseville was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 22. Since then, he has climbed Mt. Everest, finished multiple IronMan races, run across the Sahara Desert and, last year, completed an incredible run across Canada. It took 9 months and equalled 180 marathons. We talk about his motivation (he says he's not really an athlete!) and what he hopes those of us who aren't climbing mountains or running marathons can learn from his exapmle
Going to college is stressful enough for most students and diabetes just adds another challenge. Stacey talks to Mindy Bartleson from the College Diabetes Network about resources to help students, families and even roommates. In the Community Connection, you'll hear from a sophomore student-athlete who explains what advice he'd give himself as a freshman. And Stacey shares something she wrote about diabetes, numbers and emotions that hit a nerve on Twitter.
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.