Just the Facts #1: Dr. Andrew Bugbee | Diabetes in Animals

This particular podcast subject, diabetes in animals, sparked my interest after I learned about Quincy, a koala bear at the San Diego Zoo, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2018, was insulin dependent, and wore a CGM. It made me think – why do animals have diabetes and is it the same as mine? Fascinating!

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Forty Years of Defying Diabetes: A Swinging Journey from Diagnosis to Doctorate

FORTY. Forty years ago today, a worried, but determined grandpa took his sick 17-month-old toddler to her pediatrician. My grandpa flatly told the pediatrician that his granddaughter was sick and he knew she had not just diabetes, but Type 1 diabetes. The pediatrician basically laughed and said, “There’s no way this kid has diabetes—she’s too young,” but my grandpa didn’t quit.

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#140: Elizabeth Vesely | I Went Gung-Ho!

It took me months to nail down an interview with Elizabeth Vesely after seeing her Facebook post about taking the polar plunge and it was well worth the wait. In this episode we discuss her misdiagnosis, addressing diabetes denial, and what living life to the fullest while you still can looks like for this T1D world traveler.

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#137: Reverend Mireya Martinez | I’m All About Being Real

Reverend Mireya Martinez was a panelist on the Crushing: The Burden of Diabetes on Patients session during SXSW in Austin, Texas where she dominated the conversation in my opinion. In this episode we discuss her life as an insulin dependent person living with Type 2 diabetes, healthcare disparities and how she is writing her own story.

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My COVID Free Bubble Has Popped

I tested positive for COVID after living in a bubble for literally four years. I’ve been such a hermit, wore my mask when no one else did, avoided crowds and felt serious social anxiety most of the time, but it finally got me. My COVID free bubble has popped.

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#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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#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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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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#114: Insulin Pump Therapy Leaders | Defining Progress in Daily Diabetes Management, Part #2

Imagine a future where diabetes is the last thing on the mind of people living with it – that is progress! In part #1 we got an inside look at how the insulin industry is spurring each other on to make advancements in diabetes management. In part #2 we continue the conversation with the leaders in the insulin pump industry, alongside my well-versed cohost, Mark Carter. As a little refresher, we had the pleasure of hearing from Michael Hill, VP of Global Portfolio Marketing at Medtronic, Dr. Trang Ly, Senior Vice President and Medical Director at Insulet, and Dr. Steph Habif, a behavioral scientist at Tandem.

Let’s jump back into this topic and learn more about how you can define progress in daily diabetes management and what’s on the horizon for insulin pump therapy. 

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