This is Type 1: Real-Life Type 1 Diabetes

This is Type 1: Real-Life Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is challenging, frustrating, and life-changing. Each Tuesday, join Colleen Mitchell and Jessie Tuggey, life-long diabetics, as they talk about real life with Type 1, discussing the impact it makes on their lives without defining them. If you have type 1, know someone with type 1, or just want to learn more about this incurable condition, this podcast is for you.

Episodes

February 20, 2024 34 mins

Taralyn Jamieson was diagnosed at 8 years old and spent most of her 28 years with T1D trying to ignore her blood sugars.

It wasn't until she settled down in her personal life that it became a priority to get her health under control, but by then it was too late to avoid complications.

Taralyn shares why we need to talk about the reality of diabetes complications that are difficult to hear about, but harder t...

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Have you ever wondered what exactly we mean when we say "support system"? 

In this episode, we break down what T1D support systems are, why they're important, and what ours look like.

What to do next...

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Dr. Maureen Michele, an MD and parent to a T1D kiddo who also had pediatric neuroblastoma, joins us to shed light on why it's so important for parents to understand and embrace resilience.

As scary as it is to see your child diagnosed with T1D, it's also scary to navigate it while dealing with fear, overwhelm, and grief from it.

Dr. Maureen shares practical tips for parents of kids with chronic illness t...

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January 9, 2024 43 mins

With the changing of the years comes a new set of annual goals, and this year is no different. 

Join us in this episode as we review what happened for us in 2023, both on the T1D front as well as the rest of our busy lives, and as we talk about our plans for 2024.

Listen to the end for an important announcement!

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January 2, 2024 12 mins

The honeymoon period happens right at diagnosis, if it happens at all. 

In this episode, Jessie and I talk about what the honeymoon period is, how long it lasts, who gets it, and why it only happens once.

This is an MVP episode from our very first year of podcasting.

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December 26, 2023 13 mins

The last two months of the year can feel like a whirlwind of "let's just throw out all our routines" because Halloween kicks off the season of candy, food, get togethers, more food, family drama, even more food... you get the point.

By the time we land in the week between Christmas and New Year's (AKA what I call "black hole week") it feels like all is lost because we just spent the last two months igno...

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December 19, 2023 61 mins

Diagnosed at age 6, Richard Vaughn has lived with it for over 75 years now. Richard joined us on the podcast to talk about his experience with so many years of T1D.

The most surprising thing I learned? Richard did not know his blood sugar for 40 years.

Now, age 81, he has very few complications or health problems related to T1D. Richard is a wealth of information for any T1D and their families.

He’s one o...

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December 12, 2023 44 mins

Who do you talk to about partying safely? 

Intimate relationships? 

How weed and alcohol affect your BGs? 

The Diabetes Link has "answers to even your most cringe questions, shared by people with diabetes (and reviewed by medical experts)." 

As they say, it's overwhelming to look for resources on topics you probably won't feel comfortable asking your care team, so The Diabetes...

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December 5, 2023 22 mins

Do you experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter months?

As T1Ds, we can be impacted far more than the average person by the physical symptoms of SAD. 

Learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder, the symptoms, what causes it, what can help, and strategies as T1Ds you can use to mitigate the effects of SAD in your winter.

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November 28, 2023 25 mins

Diabetic ketoacidosis (also known as DKA) is a dangerous medical complication of untreated T1D. 

In this MVP episode, we discuss what causes it, the risk factors for going into DKA, symptoms to watch out for, how to treat it, recovery, and prevention in the future. 

We also briefly touch on the difference between diabetic ketoacidosis and nutritional ketosis.

This episode was originally aired on July 27th...

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November 21, 2023 12 mins

Do the holidays stump you when it comes to your diabetes management? 

Are you super stressed out during all of November and December and find that your BGs respond in kind?

In this episode, Jessie & I talk about common strategies for T1Ds to remember going into the holiday season, especially with American Thanksgiving knocking at our doors this week.

No matter how you celebrate during the last two mon...

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November 14, 2023 17 mins

What do you do when your pump breaks? Are you prepared? What's the process to get a replacement pump? 

Both Jessie and I had our pumps break recently, in different ways. 

We both had to contact support and get replacement pumps, but in this episode we detail exactly what happened, how we handled it, and what the general process is to rectify the situation.

It's not IF, but WHEN. Are you ready?

Wh...

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November 7, 2023 29 mins

Why is it important to foster and keep connections with other people who have type 1 diabetes? 

Megan Ehlers joins us on the show to share her experience as a kid with T1D whose first trip to diabetes camp and the exposure to other kids with T1D helped change how she thought about herself.

Now, decades later, she's stayed close to those friends she made at Camp Shady Brook, and had an awesome full-circle mome...

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October 31, 2023 24 mins

Halloween can be a difficult holiday for people with type 1 diabetes because of the emphasis on all the candy and treats. 

In this episode, Jessie and I talk about how to approach Halloween as a T1D, stay safe at parties (if you're of the partying age), and things to keep in mind when you're planning your Halloween night out. 

T1D can be spooky! Don't let Halloween haunt you!

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October 24, 2023 9 mins

I have 20 years of T1D kids' camp under my belt, but didn't have a chance to go to a camp just for adults with T1D until this year. 

Connected in Motion held their Colorado Slipstream in August 2023, and it coincided perfectly with a work trip, which made it super easy to say YES!

I had an absolute blast at this camp. 

Check out all the things available at camp, hear what my favorite experiences...

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Myriam Roy, a T1D from Quebec, Canada, has lived with T1D for over 25 years. With her psychology background and research into the science, she was able to prepare and plan for her pregnancy such that she had a natural, complication-free experience without medical intervention.

While all pregnancies have an element of luck involved with whether things go according to plan, Myriam defied the expectations many T1Ds face from ...

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October 10, 2023 34 mins

At times, we may self-sabotage our diabetes self care and management even if it's not what we want to do long term. 

In this episode, Jessie and I talk about what self-sabotage is, what causes it, and what to do about it. 

Remember that you are not alone on your T1D journey. 

If you need help, please reach out to us or a member of your care team, or someone from the DOC.

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October 3, 2023 21 mins

Kaycee Parker, author of Devotions on Diabetes: A 30-Day Journey to Anchor Your Soul, joins us to talk about perspective shifts with type 1 diabetes.

How often have you thought that diabetes is a punishment from God? Kaycee's devotional is the answer to that debilitatingly painful question. 

Having lived with T1D for over 30 years, Kaycee only just recently (within the last year or so) had the perspective shi...

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September 26, 2023 16 mins

I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 28 years as of September 19th, 2023. 

This is part two of a two-part series in which I'm sharing 28 lessons from those 28 years. 

Many of these lessons we've covered in podcast episodes all to themselves, but it's worth putting them all together in a couple easy-to-digest episodes that summarize the biggest lessons over those almost three decades.

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September 19, 2023 15 mins

I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 28 years as of September 19th, 2023. 

This is part one of a two-part series in which I'm sharing 28 lessons from those 28 years. 

Many of these lessons we've covered in podcast episodes all to themselves, but it's worth putting them all together in a couple easy-to-digest episodes that summarize the biggest lessons over those almost three decades.  

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