As someone who has struggled with anxiety, I know how challenging it can be to speak out and ask for help. Growing up with type one diabetes has been one of the greatest challenges I have had to face, but also one of the greatest gifts I have been given in my life. It has granted me the knowledge and awareness of how the everyday choices that I make have an affect on my health, both physically and mentally, it has allowed me to meet so many incredible people in the community and has guided me to live out my passion in life to help others.Read More »
When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 20 years ago there was no such thing as the ‘Diabetes Online Community.’ Heck, I’m pretty sure there wasn’t even such a thing as ‘online’. Sure, I went to diabetes camp as a child, and sure there was one or two other kids at my school that had diabetes that I knew of, but we never spoke or bonded over sharing our personal experiences about living with this disease. We lived in solitude with one another. I did’t meet another person with diabetes until about two years ago when I flew to Wisconsin to participate in a charity bike ride I had signed up for on a whim. Read More »
An interest that I share with my two (almost three!) year old nephew is baking, or as he calls it “making“. I like to get creative, test new recipes and tweak old ones with my own personal touch. I love finding a recipe that is considerably unhealthy and filled with foods that are common food allergens such as processed sugars, gluten, wheat, dairy, etc. and challenging myself to turn the recipe into a delicious and nutritious masterpiece. When I bake I let my creative juices flow and search for healthier alternatives for my family and myself. For me, it’s like a game or a challenge, and I’m determined to win!Read More »
Lately, I’ve been having to run out the door super early in the mornings and so I wanted to make something that I could grab on-the-go that was filling and nutritious. Perfect for T1D’s or anyone really, my latest breakfast creation is this sugar-free, fibre-filled bran muffin that will keep you full and your blood sugars steady all morning long!
The 2016 Amelia Island JDRF Ride 4-day weekend started out with a flight from Toronto, Ontario, to Jacksonville, Florida, with a connecting flight in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an early morning flight, and we had a few hours to kill at the Atlanta airport before our connecting flight to Jacksonville. Read More »
In the diabetes online community we often refer to ourselves as superheroes. We even compare our daily lives and diabetes management to having a full-time job that we didn’t apply for, and there’s no pay or vacation provided.Read More »