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#151: Molly Schreiber | An A1c of 5.0 was a Badge of Honor
I connected with Molly Schreiber after reading a heartfelt LinkedIn post about her family history of Type 1 diabetes and the tragic loss of her father. Molly is a patient living with multiple health conditions and an active patient advocate within those communities. In this episode we discuss growing up with a T1D dad, her personal T1D diagnosis, and how her role as Community Director gives her the privilege to spend time with patients, caregivers and patient advocacy focused organizations.
Molly Schreiber is a patient living with multiple health conditions including Type 1 diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and is an active patient advocate within those communities. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, two children, and their mischievous cat. Molly has spent her career working in healthcare, previously working for: a Johns Hopkins Medicine pediatric affiliate and the American Cancer Society. Currently, as Savvy Cooperative’s Community Director, she has the privilege of spending her time with patients, caregivers and patient advocacy focused organizations. She strives to amplify the voices of the underserved in all facets of her work.
* Savvy Cooperative
#150: Jazz Sethi | Finding People Who Believe in Good Work
Jazz Sethi, is the founder and director of The DiaBESties Foundation – a global movement to make those with Type 1 Diabetes feel heard, understood, supported and celebrated. She is also a certified diabetes educator, a professional dancer, choreographer, theatre artist, and a published author. In this episode we discuss what living with T1D in India looks like, D-Coded, and her ever growing advocacy efforts.
Jazz Sethi is the founder and director of The Diabesties Foundation – a global movement to make those with Type 1 diabetes feel heard, understood, supported and celebrated – with a dedicated youtube channel, monthly meet ups, Awareness tours, education programs, access and advocacy drives and several other creative projects. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 13 and currently on a pump, CGM and DIY Loop.
She was the IDF’s Young Leader of Diabetes for South East Asia for 2019-2022 term representing India. The Diabesties Foundation works closely with Diabetes India, RSSDI, and NHS England for developing projects and publications. Jazz is also a certified diabetes educator and did her training with the IDF program.
She is also a professional dancer, choreographer, theatre artist and a published author. She completed her training from Broadway Dance Center in New York and the AEF from Florence. Her mantra is simple – Live Happily and Bolus Regularly.
The Diabesties Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the healthcare sector. We are actively involved in creating diabetes awareness and spreading Type 1 diabetes education to Indian society at large. We believe that healthcare is a fundamental right as well as duty of every Indian. From healthcare providers to family, friends and relatives, we are all stakeholders in this journey. We also work predominantly for Awareness, Advocacy and Access. Diabesties is a movement dedicated to making every individual living with Type 1 diabetes, non-communicable diseases and disabilities feel heard, understood, supported, loved and celebrated.
* Diabesties Foundation
#149: Kayla Chorley | Normalizing These Experiences
Kayla Chorley, is a certified Canadian Counsellor and therapist whose practice extends her support for individuals living with Type 1 diabetes and focuses on areas of burnout, diabetes distress and hypoanxiety. Having lived with T1D for 23 years, she is deeply passionate about supporting mental health in our community. In this episode we discuss diabetes and mental health, and her experience with Canadian healthcare.
Kayla Chorley, BEd MACP CCC, is a certified Canadian Counsellor and Counselling Therapist based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Through her private practice, Pineapple Therapy, she extends her support to individuals living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), primarily focusing on areas such as burnout, diabetes distress, and hypoanxiety. Additionally, she can be found at the Edmonton Diabetes & High-Risk Foot Clinic once a month and serves as a committee member for the annual Diabetes + Mental Health Conference, held virtually each year.
Having lived with T1D for 23 years, Kayla is deeply passionate about supporting the mental health of the T1D community, drawing from her personal experience of the emotional toll that living with this chronic condition can take. She firmly advocates that mental health and wellness are key components of diabetes management, often overlooked in diabetes care.
As a result of her dedication, Kayla has been invited to speak about diabetes and mental health on numerous podcasts and had the honor of providing a keynote address at the 2023 JDRF Walk For the Cure. Furthermore, she regularly hosts webinars for parents and caregivers who are supporting children and teens living with T1D.
Kayla provides both online and in-person counseling services to individuals across Alberta and various other regions of Canada.
Beyond her professional life, Kayla enjoys camping in the mountains, walking her dogs, spending time with family, watching Oilers games, and collaborating with her partner on home renovation projects.
* Website – Pineapple Therapy
* Perfectly Imperfect Post
#148: Zippora Karz | Be Open to Not Being Perfect
Zippora Karz is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet, and a diabetes spokesperson who hopes to continue to inspire people to live healthy active lives through her work as an author, teacher, and motivational speaker. In this episode we discuss her misdiagnosis, life as a ballerina from an early age, the importance of journaling, and learning how to manage diabetes while on stage.
Zippora Karz is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances. She was featured in a variety of roles choreographed by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins as well as works choreographed for her by such choreographers as Peter Martins and Lynne Taylor Corbett.Miss Karz danced with the New York City Ballet from 1983 through 1999. She now serves as a teacher and repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, rehearsing and staging Balanchine’s choreography for a host of national and international dance companies. She is also a diabetes spokesperson and educator who regularly addresses major diabetes conferences and organizations worldwide.
Zippora’s memoir “The Sugarless Plum” has inspired people all over the world to live happy and healthy lives. “The Sugarless Plum” is now translated in Slovenian.
Zippora also authored a children’s book, “Ballerina Dreams.” The story teaches children, with and without Diabetes, that they should not give up on their dreams no matter what challenges they face.
She is currently guest faculty at the prestigious Colburn Dance Academy in Los, Angeles, California.
Zippora hopes to continue to inspire people to live healthy active lives through her work as an author, teacher, and motivational speaker.
#147: Farhaneh Ahmadi | Humanizing the Diabetes Experience
Farhaneh Ahmadi is the Founder and CEO of eddii, a virtual in-app character designed to engage people living with diabetes. Her vision is to make every eddii user feel motivated to achieve long-lasting health outcomes, and enjoy doing so! In this episode we discuss her personal Type 1 diabetes journey, the inception and benefits of eddii, gamification, and why the app operations are based in Oklahoma.
Farhaneh Ahmadi did her PhD in Biochemistry at Cambridge, where she focused on signaling pathways of innate immune cells and her Masters in Immunology at Oxford. She started eddii when she was doing her MBA at Harvard. She volunteers at many healthcare organizations and worked as a consultant in London before founding eddii. She enjoys going for long walks, good coffee and skimming through biz books.
eddii: eddii is a virtual in-app character designed to engage people living with T1D. Using games, educational character-led activities, and AI-enabled conversation (coming soon!), eddii becomes a smart health buddy, giving users real-time feedback, support, and in-app rewards in return for healthy behavior. In addition, the app integrates users’ real-time Dexcom CGM readings, delivering updates on blood glucose levels, in turn reducing stress levels for T1D parents.
* Early Access Program
* App Store
* Google Play
#146: Harold Hamm | Game Changer
Harold Hamm is world renowned for his entrepreneurial spirit and successful career in the oil and natural gas industry, but there is SO much more to this story. In this episode we discuss how a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis was a personal game changer, the Giving Pledge, the International Biomedical Research in Diabetes Award, and his commitment to solving many of humanity’s greatest challenges including diabetes, energy poverty, literacy and education.
Growing up in rural Oklahoma, Mr. Hamm went to work in the oil fields as a teenager and established Continental Resources in 1967 at the age of 21. He built a grassroots startup into a Top 10 oil producer in the U.S. Lower 48. As a voice for America’s oil and natural gas industry and as the leader of one of America’s top E&P companies, he has helped to make America energy independent.
Mr. Hamm also co-founded and serves as Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, which aims to preserve the millions of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenues generated by onshore drilling and production activities within the United States. Through his work with DEPA, Mr. Hamm is widely recognized as the man who led the charge to lift America’s 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports.
Mr. Hamm’s industry leadership also includes serving as past Chairman and present board member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, as a founding board member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, and as past president of the National Stripper Well Association. In addition, he served as Founder and Chairman of Save Domestic Oil Inc., which successfully brought a trade case against four countries trying to put American oil and gas producers out of business.
A national leader in promoting health, education, and energy industry advocacy, Mr. Hamm has devoted much time and resources to championing a healthy and secure future for all Americans. With the goal of finding a cure for diabetes, he has donated more than $65 million to date to the world-renowned Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma. The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is at the forefront of diabetes research – inspiring progress toward a cure, education of health care professionals and families, optimal care for those living with diabetes, and effective prevention strategies. To further spark the minds of the world’s brightest scientists, he established the Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes, a $250,000 biennial award celebrating the scientific achievements of an outstanding researcher, team of researchers, or research institution.
Mr. Hamm is dedicated to preparing the next generation of energy industry leaders. In 2012, he helped establish the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of North Dakota. He has also funded numerous education initiatives across the nation, including college scholarships, classroom technology, and school capital campaigns.
Mr. Hamm has received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions. Platts Global Energy Awards honored him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his legacy of leadership, innovation, and commitment to bringing America to energy independence. Platts Global Energy Awards also has named him “CEO of the Year” and at the same time named Continental Resources “Energy Company of the Year.”
He was named the recipient of the “Chief Roughneck Award” by U.S. Steel Tubular Products, and one of 13 corporate and civic leaders across the U.S. to receive the “Horatio Alger Award” for his outstanding leadership and triumph over adversity to achieve success. He was also honored by Oil and Gas Investor magazine a...
WOW. shocked sad and disappointed
Diagnosed 50+ years ago in 1971, I blindly hoped that the world of newly diagnosed T1’s had improved drastically since they knew nothing in ‘71 and had no tools. I thought it was a good guess. WRONG! How can that be? Listening to Madison Thorn episode 111. I could cry. One request - I have brought it up to many with no luck so far. There is a dark hole out here - it’s filled with older long term T1’s. We need help. Many like me live alone with a complicated scary chronic disease that evolves with a whole new set of issues. Thanks for the podcast! Great job! So nice to listen to someone other all those by a parent of a young T1 that have “become” Diabetes. They are another issue.
Real Life Diabetes Indeed!
Thanks Amber for always keeping it Real and providing a safe space to talk about diabetes and all it entails on a minute by minute basis.
So refreshing to hear the always positive spin and humor “injected” in each episode. Nothing better than to hear the real diabetes stories from real people living with it day to day. It’s inspiring to see (and hear!) your commitment to helping is all live our best lives with diabetes. Cheers!
pod90 - comments
Listening to pod 90, just wanted to say hi and make a few comments. I'm type 1 for 22 years now, came off a pump 18 months ago. I am SDI - tresiba once a day, and afrezza for bolus.. it is great, both the tresiba and afrezza - no stacking!! the freedom from devices, and IOB is really nice... look into it! Also, Mark is correct, atm, no option for driect to watch on Dexcom. But I am sure that isn't too far off.
nice pod, keep up the good work!