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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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Happy family of five moving briskly through a bustling airport

Ready for takeoff?

At long last. That vacation you've been dreaming about is finally here. As you plan your sightseeing excursions, hone your list of must-try restaurants and break in your new walking shoes, spend a little time planning for the flight itself. A few smart steps now can help you avoid any surprises in the airport and in the air. Going through security. Navigating the security rules can be pretty taxing, although a quick look at the Transportation Security Administration site will fill you in on the latest. The TSA rules make it clear that you can bring diabetes-...

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Hammock swaying peacefully from leafy tree over sandy beach overlooking a tranquil bay dotted with tiny islands

What would your perfect day look like?

By now, we hope everyone everywhere has realized that "perfect" isn't a thing. It's not a thing anyone can achieve, and it's not a worthwhile goal. Even those who look like they've achieved perfection will tell you they haven't. But that doesn't mean we can't imagine what One Perfect Day might look like. Here's what might be part of ours: Great hair. It's not all about diabetes. Good hair (or its analog, if you're more focused on another attribute) just seems to help us walk a little taller. 24 hours in range. Or mostly in range. No energy-sapping highs. No weird,...

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Seeking a sense of community? Here are 6 places to look.

Don't underestimate the value of diabetes online communities and face-to-face support in navigating life with diabetes. Here are some tips for finding places to connect. Ask at an appointment. Your doctor, educator or dietitian probably knows about groups that meet in your area, and if they don't, their colleagues may. Just ask. Plan on showing up one time, even if you think you don't need it or won't like it. Then decide if you want to stick with it. Talk to JDRF or the ADA. Your local chapter of the...

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A steaming coffee cup and socked feet atop a coffee table in front of a cozy fireplace

Keeping it chill this holiday

The holidays are awesome. Well, except for the feeling that your to-do list is infinite, your time is not your own, and you may still be seated at the kids table in your 30s. Come to think of it, sometimes "awesomely stressful" is more like it.                 Try some of these approaches to lowering the heat on yourself.  Give the gift of time (when you'll have more of it). The pressure to find the perfect gift—and pay for it—can be pretty great. Before you write us off as being corny, think about it: ...

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Keep laughing through the highs and lows (and we aren't just talking about blood sugar)

Diabetes isn't just a blood sugar rollercoaster—it can be an emotional one, too. After all, nobody can be at the top of their game every hour of every day, year in and year out. Taking care of your emotional health can be just as important (and challenging) as managing your blood sugar. Fortunately, if you're getting one of them right—the physical or emotional side—the other one is likely to come easier. Here are three thoughts on keeping a positive, hopeful outlook. Don't check out this winter. It's easy, especially if you live in the north, to see winter as one long self-care vacation. It...

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5 additions to your back-to-school-with-diabetes supply list

You've got the DMMP and the 504 or IEP down.* You've filled a "low box" with snacks and hypo treatments to keep at school—and stashed some in the backpack. And you've met with school staff. So what else can you keep on hand for the challenges of the new year? Books for friends. Younger kids may want to share diabetes-themed picture books or printed coloring sheets with friends, so they can understand why your child eats extra snacks, checks blood sugar or leaves the room throughout the day. Ask the teacher if you can distribute materials to the whole classroom. A Blue Friday...

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Why we heart American Girl

There's a new kid in town, and she's winning with type 1 diabetes. The new American Girl® Diabetes Care Kit for Dolls includes everything a doll needs to check her blood glucose, pump or inject insulin, and even treat a low. Who knew a lancing device could be cute? The accessory kit was inspired by an 11-year-old girl who created an online petition, gathering more than 4,000 signatures. She'd just been diagnosed a few months before, and wanted her doll to be just like her. Naturally, that included learning about and managing her...

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Christel Oerum of DiabetesStrong shows blood glucose result on Accu-Chek Aviva Connect meter

Why I didn’t share my diabetes openly for 15 years (and why I do now)

In partnership with: BY CHRISTEL OERUM (DIABETES STRONG) Everyone’s diabetes journey is different. The way you live your life with diabetes today versus 10 years from now is inevitably going to feel and look very different. Where you currently are in your journey will also affect how much of your life with diabetes you choose to share with...

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