How To Be T1D Smart(ies) Around the Holidays

The reality is whether you are an adult living with T1D or parenting a kid with T1D, having a plan for the holidays, balance, and tools at your disposal is not optional. So, here are four ideas to get you started.

The Vision of Bigfoot Biomedical

At Bigfoot, we reject the way it has been. We believe there is a better way of living ahead of us, and that, until there’s a cure, technology can serve us as well. We believe you deserve relief from the burdens of T1D.

Bill Carlson. The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Bill Carlson will be racing in the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He was the first person with Type 1 diabetes to compete in an IRONMAN in 1983 and since then has inspired other athletes with Type 1 to compete. He's formed the ROI Endurance Team that today boasts of 36 athletes with T1D. This is his story and how Type 1 has never held him back.

After They Took My Pancreas

He then took my husband aside and said he operated on the pancreas of a patient two weeks prior and the patient died; my husband should call my friends and family. It appeared I wasn’t long for life and he wanted to make sure history didn’t repeat itself on his watch.

Saving Lives in Style

When people ask me what I do, I show them my medical ID bracelet. Or bracelets. I’m usually wearing a few, not because I need all that extra engraving space, but because I absolutely love my medical ID jewelry. And I should. It’s been the cornerstone of my life for the last 15 years.

The Incredible and Courageous René

In Mexico, if you want to live you better go to the hospital by your own means. We have no car though. My mother tried to carry René as best she could to the Green Cross, (an aid station 20 - 30 minutes from where they live). When René entered the emergency room, my mom says that he almost couldn't walk.

An Indian Woman’s Journey with Type 1 Diabetes

The reality hit me when the doctor came on the day of my discharge to demonstrate to me how to take insulin on my own with the help of an insulin pen. In short, how to prick and pierce myself with needles everyday. He told me in simple language, “You can’t forget taking insulin as you can’t forget to breath.”

Finding Isa

I looked at that tear-streaked face and I couldn’t bring myself to say it. I couldn’t bring myself to tell her that we couldn’t send her and her bag of medical devices and supplies to our unsuspecting new neighbor’s house. I couldn’t tell her that maybe they wouldn’t be okay with the responsibility of having her under their watch.

Dating and Diabetes

From here I had to slowly figure out the whole dating "thing." Between butterflies and firsts, I also had the additional challenge of navigating my diabetes and how it would apply to my romantic life.

Ava August — A Pop Star in the Making

I wrote and recorded my first original song that is now on itunes called "You Let Me Fly." The song is dedicated to all of the people living with Type 1 diabetes. It is about a girl that lets her imagination "fly" her into her dream world for a day without T1D.

“You Have Sugar” — Being Diagnosed with Diabetes in India

If you are currently not fully-diagnosed or are pre-diabetic and look like you have all the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes and someone comes with herbal medication or some homemade concoction that they swear by, do me—hold on, do yourself—a favour and say, “NO.”

My Balancing Act

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Dealing with any disease takes a toll on our sanity, and understandably so. I try not to judge my emotions as they arise. Breathe, acknowledge them, and then exhale.

Part One: We Knew

I looked up at Jim and said, "I can't go. They are going to need to keep her for a few days, and I can't go." He just held me, the same way I knew he would hold her.

When Does This Ride Stop?

You realize that the very reason you hate Type 1 diabetes is because you can't control it. No matter how strong you feel when the ride comes to a stop, you know it's going to start spinning again. You just have to ride it out.

Losing Sight

"Your daughter could, at some point, need you to administer a life-saving Glucagon injection. What will you do if you can't see well enough to do that correctly?