#135: Rachael Dyer & Scott Alexander Ruderman | Pay or Die

Rachael Dyer and Scott Alexander Ruderman are the directors of Pay or Die, a feature documentary that provides an inside look at how the soaring price of insulin in America is threatening, if not deadly. 

We’ve heard WAY too many stories about people rationing their insulin and this film documents what life is like with this disease and the impact it has on our pocket books. 

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#134: Serena Valentine | The Change We Want to See Starts With Us

Serena Valentine, was misdiagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in her twenties. This misdiagnosis is one of the many reasons she is a passionate advocate for health equity, eye health and diabetes education. In this episode we discuss Serena’s misdiagnosis, diabetes complications, healthcare disparities, food deserts and her advocacy efforts.

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#133: Thapi Semenya | I Need to Take Myself Seriously

Thapi Semenya is in her final year of law school, is an IDF Young Leader in Diabetes Trainee, a Dedoc voice, a professional advisor for the Luna Project UK and a strong diabetes advocate. We connected on LinkedIn after I read her mindful post about lowering her A1c and what steps it took to get there. 

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#132: Lauren Cox | A Totally Different Ball Game

Lauren Cox, the first ever WNBA player living with Type 1 diabetes, did not let a T1D diagnosis at an early age keep her from reaching personal and professional goals. In this episode we discuss her diabetes management tools on the road, and on the court.

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Help Me Celebrate My 39th Diaversary!

It’s time to celebrate! On January 28th, I’ll roll into my 40th year living with Type 1 diabetes. Each year as this milestone approaches I reflect on how I’ve managed my diabetes over the decades. I’ve created a few ideas on how you can join me in celebrating another eventful year living with this disease.

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#131: Jessica Landon | Embracing the New Normal

Jessica Landon, like many T1D parents, is doing her best to put a positive spin on the new “normal” life she and her family are living. In this episode we discuss how and why her family celebrate Lindsey’s diagnosis date, a Facebook post and the flood of comments from the online community – both good and bad.

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Just My Type | Drew Now

Hi, I’m Drew Now. I’m a Canadian musician living in Nashville, TN. I recently released a new single called TYPE. It’s the story of my boyfriend, Ryan and I. Ryan is handsome, athletic and a successful entrepreneur. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was only 9 years old. Since dating him I’ve learned slowly about his diabetes. He handles it so well that sometimes I forget he even has it.

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ER Visit – You Know Your Body Better Than I Do

I set out to run a few errands and when I returned home I had a weird feeling in my gut that came out of nowhere. I started sweating and had the chills at the same time. I immediately thought COVID, but before I could administer a home test, I began projectile vomiting. 

Rewind a few steps – before I left the house my blood sugar was low so I ate lunch without shooting up (aka bolusing).

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#130: Justin Eastzer | The Burning Man Experience

As we roll into the New Year, I’m reminded how living with Type 1 diabetes can make things a little challenging at times. In this episode, Justin shares how he wasn’t going to let his new diagnosis keep him from having the time of his life at Burning Man, an annual event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where people gather for around nine days to celebrate artistic self-expression. Good times.

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#129: Valerie Cantella | The Gift of Good Enough

Valerie Cantella’s message, recovering perfectionist, resonates with me on SO many levels. In this episode we discuss how different phases of her life and diabetes management helped her recognize and fully embrace the mindset – the gift of good enough.

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