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Afterthoughts DSMA Live: ‘Rents | Katy Killilea of Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes

Katy and FamilyKaty Killilea of Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes joined us on last night’s DSMA Live: ‘Rents.

Katy’s son, Briggs, was eight years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. That first night in the hospital, she started writing her blog.

Since Briggs was diagnosed, Katy discovered through Trial Net that both she and her other son have markers for T1D. Listen to their experiences, including how her son was treated and can now pass the glucose tolerance test that he previously failed.

We touch upon so much in this show, including our admiration for Mr. Mike Lawson’s video series. We all want to know which is your favorite. Head over to Bigfoot’s blog and let us all know!

Please mark your calendars: we will be holding a special Twitter chat on Monday, March 16 focusing on a topic just from this show. Join us at 9PM EST and follow #DSMA!

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#DSMA for Parents of Children with Diabetes



I am excited to announce, we will be co-moderating a DSMA ‘Rents Edition Twitter chat with Phoenix Children’s Hospital Diabetes Program.

Topic: Caregiver Burnout 

When: February 16, 2015 at 12 PM ET

Where: Twitter

Follow: @DiabetesSocMed for the questions and include #dsma in your tweets

Hashtag: #dsma

Interested in participating, but not sure how? Check out Kerri’s post, Diabetes and Twitter 101.

We are searching for a team of parents to help come up with content for monthly (for now) chats. If you are interested, please send an email to cherise@diabetesCAF.org.

Afterthoughts DSMA Live: ‘Rents | Sandy Struss

Sandy StrussSandy Struss has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 26 years and has dedicated her life to being “a force for good.”  She says that diabetes has given her a profound awareness of her own mortality, and believes that each of us has the opportunity to make a difference in the world with the gifts we’ve been given.

Sandy recognized early on that even though she didn’t like having diabetes, she had a choice to make – she could be bitter because of it, or she could be better in spite of it.  The journey hasn’t been easy, but she’s proud of the woman she’s become.  At 43, she continues to rock life as a “diabadass” and is currently training for her 2nd Tough Mudder obstacle course race.  Professionally, Sandy works as the Marketing Manager for Animas Canada.

Please listen in to the archived show with Sandy and hear about her diagnosis story at the age of 17, how she managed in a different country through her college education and how she became a Tough Mudder Diabadass!

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The Winners Are…….

I am honored to host Best of Betes Blogs for the month of December. The people in the diabetes online community are great storytellers; they spare no details in sharing what life is like for type 1, type 2 or being a care giver. The stories told by the community is what makes the diabetes online community unique and awesome.

I am excited to announce the Best of Betes Blogs for December. Best of Betes Blog “winners” can snag this amazing logo to share with your readers.

Best of the Betes Blogs

Best Use of Humor

Best Vlog

Best Use of Photography

Best Advocacy

Best Reference to a D-Celebrity

Best Story of a D Meet-up

Best non-D Related Post

Best Post by a Type 1

Best Post by a Type 2

Best Post by a Type Awesome

Best story of a D-mistake

Best Motivational Post

Best Diabetes Art

If you are interested in sh


Nominations by:

Scott E: http://rollinginthed.wordpress.com

Sara: http://momentsofwonderful.com

Laddie: http://testguessandgo.com

Mike: http://www.thediabeticscornerbooth.com/

Sara is looking for Best of Betes Blogs host for 2015, if you are interested, send her an email at bestbetesblogs@gmail.com include “I want to host” in the subject line.

Afterthoughts DSMA Live: ‘Rents | Stacy Mitchell on Local Support

Stacy, CJ and familyStacy is the mom of 5 year old kindergartner Caden James.  Caden James was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April 2011, two days after his second birthday.  Completely unaware of the disease or anyone currently living with type 1, Stacy reached out on social media to find other diabetic families.

Within a month of Caden James’ diagnosis, Stacy became active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Alabama chapter and worked to create a local outreach group called the Bolusers of Birmingham.  The Bolusers of Birmingham now have over 140 families affected by type 1 diabetes.  Caden James wears an Animas Ping insulin pump and a Dexcom G4 continuous glucose meter.  Nightscout, the CGM in The Cloud initiative, is also part of Caden James’ apparatus.   Stacy and her family reside in Birmingham, Alabama.

If you missed it live, listen to the archive and learn how you get easily get a local support group started near you!

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