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Inspiration Exchange Diabetes Moments Episode 1: Introducing the Inspiration Exchange Diabetes Moments Podcast with Shelley and Todd

In Episode 1 of Inspiration Exchange Diabetes Moments, Cherise had the opportunity to chat with Shelley Landes and Todd Laderach from Roche Diabetes Care Customer Marketing team about peer support, new strategy and more. Show Notes Get to know Shelley and Todd...

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Charm

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. - e. e. cummings Some people are born lucky—or maybe it just seems that way. What's their secret? Here are a few ideas for living your own charmed life. Choose. You decide whether to see the positive or negative in any situation. So focus on the beautiful sunrise instead of the heavy traffic. Keep your eyes peeled for the magic, and fight the urge to dwell on or discuss the things that don't go your way. Give. And keep giving—without keeping score....

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12 days of stress tips

Ready to start ringing in the holidays? We're putting our own spin on the 12 days theme, however, if you observe Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, feel free to pick your top 8 or 7. Day 1: Don't let them ruin dessert. Chances are, some well-meaning person will want to make a diabetic dessert just for you. That's sweet (although the dessert certainly won't be). Do an end-run around this looming disaster by offering to bring dessert, and then showing up with the real thing. It's the holidays. Day 2. Make your own list and check it twice. Write down every gift, task and grocery item. What doesn't need...

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You, Me and the D

In the world of weddings, October is the new June. Love is definitely in the air. Whether you're navigating a new relationship, enjoying a decades-long partnership or saying your vows this month (Congratulations!), let's turn our gaze toward the other person in the pair―the one who doesn't have diabetes, but still lives with it every day. Lows are scary. Know what else is scary? Watching someone you love go low. It's awesome to have someone to worry about you. Sure, it can get frustrating, but a partner's fear often comes from not knowing how to help. That's pretty easy to fix. Define "help...

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He says. She says. D says.  Who gets the last word in a couple with diabetes?

When Scott was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago, he knew just who to talk to. After all, his wife Cherise has lived with LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) and been a powerful advocate for the diabetes community for nearly 15 years. Since it's...

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Fight

The wisest thing I can do is be on my own side― be an advocate for myself and others like me. - Maya Angelou How do you know something is worth fighting for? And what battles are best left unfought? With diabetes, the answer is easy―everyone on this planet deserves quality diabetes care and resources. So maybe you don't need to take on the food police at every meal. Or set every helpful advice-giver straight. But this month, together we can take on the big fight and win. Fight for love. Help a kid with diabetes know they're not alone. Take part in the JDRF's #...

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Chill

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. – Guillaume Apollinaire The obligations are all tucked away (perhaps along with the decorations). For many, the post-holiday season can be a let down. But we see it as an opportunity to focus on yourself and chill. What haven't you had time for? Finish that book. Beach reads aren't just for the beach. Curl up under a blanket, brew some tea and read, guilt-free. Serve a meal. This may not sound like focusing on yourself, but you can easily extend a sense of gratitude by lending a...

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Country artist Ben Rue takes diabetes care on the road

Recently, we had the pleasure of passing a few hours in a tour bus with Ben Rue and his band, as they traveled between shows. We got a behind-the-scenes view of how he uses the Accu-Chek® Guide meter, so we asked a few questions. You've been living with diabetes for 17 years, so what's changed over that time? I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 14. It was a tough, transitional time—I was just starting high school and learning to cope with this condition. I realized when I saw my mom's reaction to the diagnosis that this was going to be a life-...

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A lifelong veggie avoider shifts into a healthier gear

As a police officer working night shifts, Rob ate fast food regularly and spent hours in the car. He knew it wasn't an ideal formula for good health. When his wife, Connie, noticed that minor cuts weren't healing as quickly as they should, Rob saw his doctor and learned that he had type 2 diabetes. Tell us a little bit about your diet before you found out you had...

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