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#128: Rachael Jacques | Did COVID Kick Her Dormant Diabetes into Action?
The connection between COVID and diabetes has been all over the news, but I hadn’t met anyone who can speak to this until interviewing Racheal Jacques. In this episode we discuss her family history of chronic conditions, including Type 1 diabetes, and how she received her T1D diagnosis shortly after recovering from COVID.
BIO: Rachael received her type 1 diabetes diagnosis a year and a half ago after having COVID. Sheknew it was likely the case as she was exhibiting the classic symptoms of excessive thirst andweight loss. T1D also runs in Rachael’s family as her younger brother has lived with the same diagnosis for over 30 years.
Prior to navigating her own journey with T1D, she worked in the community health educationspace and was inspired to develop concrete, accessible tools to facilitate injection site rotation.In 2010, she brought to market Tartoos (targeted tattoos) with the hope of making one aspectof diabetes management a little easier. Since that time, she has pursued a career in children’smental health and is passionate about advocating for the unique mental health needs of thoseliving with diabetes.
Thankful for the supportive community around her, especially for her brother, family andfriends with T1D, Rachael has felt the power of peer support and is looking forward tocontinuing to learn, grow and thrive with T1D.
Rachael, her husband and 3 boys love spending time hiking, making music and playing withtheir goldendoodle, Hutch.
#127: Rob Howe | Information is a Great Currency
It’s always nice to connect with someone equally as passionate as I am about serving our community. Rob Howe is a fellow podcast host and serial entrepreneur making a difference in the diabetes space. In this episode we discuss Rob’s latest project and how we can work together to reach the underserved – one Regional Food Bank at a time.
BIO: Rob Howe has been living with Type-1 Diabetes for 18 years. He is an Entrepreneur, Marketing Strategist, Podcaster and former professional basketball player. In 2015, Rob founded Diabetics Doing Things, in an effort to raise awareness around the amazing things that Type-1 Diabetics are doing around the world. Over the years the podcast has grown into a media company driving practical applications for people with Diabetes.
As of 2022, Rob’s podcast has been downloaded over 1.5 million times, from listeners in over 70 countries. Rob also is co-founder and Managing Partner of Recreation Dallas, a performance creative advertising agency located in Dallas. Rob lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Erica and their fur babies, Michael J. Fox, Rowan and Enzo.
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#126: Lisa Hepner | The Human Trial
In June 2022, The Human Trial documentary film was released by writer and director, Lisa Hepner who was given unprecedented access to participants in the sixth ever embryonic stem cell trial in the world. Behind every breakthrough are those who risk everything for everybody else. In this episode we get into the hard hitting details as to what this means, moments of personal reflection, and if the cure really is on the horizon. I truly believe Lisa and her team are bridging the much needed gap between the people living with diabetes and the research teams who are working diligently to be the first to “cure” Type 1 diabetes.
BIO: Lisa Hepner and her partner Guy Mossman run LA-based Vox Pop Films, a production company specializing in non-fiction content and commercials. For the last 25 years, Lisa has produced a variety of films and programs for Sony Pictures Classics, HBO, A&E, PBS, Lifetime, Discovery, MTV, TLC, and the CBC. She has produced for acclaimed directors Jonathan Demme, Michael Apted, Julie Taymor, and Lisa F. Jackson, among others. When she wasn’t in the field, Lisa worked at the PBS station, 13-WNET, producing a variety of programs, including the Emmy Award winning series, Air: America’s Investigative Reports. In 2003, she co-directed the feature doc, Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines. Shot in Afghanistan, Argentina, Burundi, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the US, the film premiered at the UN in 2003 and aired on PBS in 2004. She has lived with type 1 diabetes for 30 years, for about as long as she’s worked in film and TV. This is Lisa’s feature directorial debut.
#125: Chad T. Lewis | Doing Diabetes Differently
Chad T. Lewis’ new book, “Doing Diabetes Differently: Empower a Healthier You,” breaks the mold of traditional diabetes care. In this episode, Lewis touches on his Type 1 diabetes journey and thoughts on the diabetes care hierarchy. This provocative interview, comments from reputable sources referenced in the book, and takeaways, will have you thinking about your diabetes management – differently.
BIO: Chad T. Lewis spent a career in higher education, at different times, as a counselor, dean, and professor. Chad earned two graduate degrees, one in business, the other in education. He coauthored business courseware and management textbooks for major publishers, and published research in peer-reviewed journals in human resources, management, and education fields. He became a Joslin Medalist in 2018, having survived type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years.
Chad just published Doing Diabetes Differently: Empower a Healthier You (River Grove Books, 2022). He wrote to help people to do the disease differently and better. He also wrote in the hope of expanding the conversation within the diabetes community, especially among care providers. His book isn’t a “If I can do it, so can you!” trope, nor does it slam diabetes standard practice and conventional wisdom and, in the process, invent The One Best Way. Rather, it’s a place to find, by topic, a diabetes answer; a question the reader might ask a care provider to get one, or a reference to consult to find one.
An important goal of the book is to help readers to have more active and productive conversations with care providers. Chad accomplishes this objective by occasionally but respectfully bouncing off established positions and published work of the American Diabetes Association and various experts. But he doesn’t grind an ax. We are all in this together.
Chad also wrote to give back. Sales from Doing Diabetes Differently will benefit the Diabetes Daily Grind.
#124: Nupur Lalvani | We’re All Sailing in the Same Boat
Can you imagine black ants being attracted to sugar as part of your diagnosis story? Well, today’s guest, Nupur Lalvani shares her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis and everything she has going on in her very active advocacy life. She is the founder of the Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation, India’s largest patient-led support group for people living with all types of diabetes.
BIO: Nupur Lalvani has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 8 years old. She is the Founder of Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation which is a registered non-profit and India’s largest patient-led support group for people living with all types of diabetes. She runs marathons and ultra-marathons (successfully led India’s first type 1 diabetic team at the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker) & loves coffee and gardening.
#123: Patricia Daiker | What Are You Willing to Do Today?
Seeing diabetes every day can develop denial and avoidance of the disease. In this episode, Patricia shares her journey to compassion for herself and other people living with this disease. She explains – diabetes should not define our purpose as she reflects on how denial, anger, bargaining, and depression are all connected to unresolved grief.
Patricia Daiker is the owner and founder of Better Diabetes Life, a company that provides support and services to people living with diabetes. She has been a registered nurse since 1985 when she spent over 15 years bedside in Intensive Care and Emergency Services before transitioning to HealthCare IT in 2000. In 2017 she stepped away from corporate leadership and created programs to help people living with diabetes learn the coping skills necessary to avoid burnout. Always pursuing cutting-edge solutions, she is one of 500+ Board Certified Nurse Coaches in the US. This burgeoning holistic practice encompasses all aspects of the self – body, mind, and spirit- and helps individuals identify and address their barriers to better health. She has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since 1991 and pumping since 1999. She doesn’t believe in perfection, but is a big fan of persistence and “better every day”! She has 2 amazing kids – Sophie a Junior in high school and Sam a Freshman in college.
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!