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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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11 roses smell just as good as a dozen

Want to make a difference in the life of a child with diabetes? (You know you do.) Here's the best Valentine gift you can give—participate in the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign. Instead of sending that special someone a dozen roses this Valentine's Day, buy 11 instead and donate the cost of that 12th rose to help a child with diabetes. Your Valentine will still get an amazing, Facebook-worthy bouquet, and you'll both enjoy knowing that you've done something good for someone who needs it. Spare a Rose, Save a Child is a joint...

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Grow

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust Who do you want to be next? If you're feeling like you're in a rut, spring is the right time to awaken your spirit and give yourself a fresh start. Create a positive plan. Choose a goal, a topic you want to learn more about or a trait you'd like to evolve. Think about what it would take to get there. Breaking the idea down into steps can help a vague goal take shape and make it real. Give your weaknesses a nod...

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Your personal pep rally

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe We can relate—lazy summer days are perfect for letting things slide. But as we look toward fall, it's a great time to review and remotivate. Here's how to rally around yourself and your self-care right now! Start Fresh. The trees shed their leaves soon in anticipation of starting over. You can do the same, letting go of old habits and trying something new. Remember, even if an idea didn't work last time, trying it at a new time and in a new way may be different−plus, you're different now too. Share...

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Zest

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. - Eleanor Roosevelt ​Zest is a happy word—it's even fun to say. Some people naturally have a zest for life, but it can also be cultivated. Foster zest by indulging your senses and enjoying little pleasures. Take the scenic route. You could get there faster another way, but isn't a great view worth leaving a little early? Follow your nose. Smell every candle, hand soap and box of tea until you find what excites you. After all, what's a better way to start...

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Day trip or dream vacation—how to take diabetes along for the ride

Whether you're trying on a new hemisphere or just enjoying a weekend away, we have a few quick reminders can help you get there ready to enjoy the destination. Use diabetes as an excuse to overpack. Traveling for a week? That equals six pairs of shoes and two weeks of diabetes supplies. Take double the testing supplies, medications, low blood sugar treatments, pump accessories and other medical items you think you'll need. And if you use a pump, pack as if you expect for it to quit working on the first day. If you're flying, keep everything in your carry on so you don't have to worry about your...

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How does Samantha's daughter do summer? Just like any other 4-year-old (with a few extra steps).

With a T1D husband, a 4-year-old diagnosed 2 years ago, a toddler who has tested positive for all diabetes-related autoantibodies and a 14-year-old son who has grown up fast as a result of it all, Samantha has learned a lot about managing diabetes without it getting in her family's way. We asked her to chat with us about what works...

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Your emergency road kit

Most of us wouldn't get in the car without having at least a spare tire—and at most, a set of flares, jumper cables, a jack, warm clothes, a blanket and the motor club's "Send Help" sign. But does your kit cover other essentials? Chances are, you already have hard candy or fast-acting glucose hidden in strategic places around your home, office and car in case of a blood sugar low. If not, here's your cue to do so. You can also set yourself up to be prepared by using this short checklist of items that can be kept in your on-the-go bag and stay well stocked at home for use at a moment's notice. A nutritious,...

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Newly diagnosed? How to explain diabetes to your children.

If you're a parent who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you're probably wondering how your diagnosis will also affect your children. Even though you may want to spare them from any upsetting news, they need to know. Here's how to start and continue this important conversation. Start with the good news Even if you're still feeling uncertain, let your first message to your child be "everything is okay." It's important that they know that diabetes is manageable, and that you're going to do everything you can to stay healthy. Stay positive when you break the news, too. Children know when their...

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