For Nepal.

Couldn’t have said it better. Let us be so incredibly grateful for what we have. Thank you to Dr. Anne Marie Hospod, an Ironman-in-training with t1d for this thoughtful post.

The Health Club with Dr. Anne Marie MacDonald

Weeks until the full IM in Wisconsin: 20

Weeks until the half IM in Tremblant: 8

It feels wrong to talk about triathlon and training after a terrible natural disaster has shaken and devastated Nepal.  Knowing that a friend of mine was stationed at the Everest Base Camp (she is thankfully ok) has shaken me. We know life is fragile. Having type 1 diabetes reminds me of life’s fragility. Having lost my father at a young age reminds me to remain in the present moment. My challenges have allowed me to grow, and become someone who appreciates every little, wonderful, thing. And yet, as challenges come and go, we sometimes forget that this life really is beautiful. Stunning. The ability to laugh and connect with one another. To love. To share. We are so blessed. Events like this earthquake certainly remind us – in a brutal, quick, face-slapping way –…

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Diagnosed with T1D on Christmas Day. Shawn Shepheard shares his story at JDRF conference in Regina

IMG_0613   Imagine being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Christmas Day. Can I get a refund on this not-so-sweet gift? That’s what happened to Shawn Shepheard. At that time he was 30 years old, engaged to be married. If you’re looking for inspiration on living well with diabetes, this is it. He recently shared his story and how he turned it all  around at the JDRF conference in Regina. Read the full story by The Star Phoenix here. Xo, J

Grief-stricken, heartbroken and lifted. The Animas type 1 update event.

I am going to make a plea to you now.

If you are reading this: feeling alone, overwhelmed, depressed and often angry about living with diabetes, I beg of you…

Find help.

Please find help in creating that circle of positive support, those to stand beside you through this journey.


Event: Type 1 Update, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. April 11, 2015

During Michelle Sorensen’s talk at the Type 1 Update, she shared a short video that verbalized exactly what I wanted from my own dream team. This video confirmed to me why I have chosen the people I have at this stage in my life, and why others are no longer here.

It was powerful and here it is.

What did you think of the video? Were you at the event?

For me, this video made me tear up. I saw clearly why some of the people that used to be in my life are now gone. They weren’t bad. They weren’t unaccepting. They just couldn’t provide for me what I needed and you know what? Maybe the people that are now out of my life are grieving the loss of the previous me, the person I was before diagnosis (of diabetes, my neuro disorder, the list goes on). And that’s okay.

There’s no blame to be had.



Now as I sit here writing this, I am so incredibly grateful for being able to listen to Michelle speak at the podium and say so many things that I just needed to hear outside of my own head.

Over the next while I will be blogging more on the Type 1 Update event, focusing in on different topics each time.

If you would like more info now, here is a roundup of all the tweets that day.

Lots of love,


The Type 1 Update is an Animas event. Animas Canada has kindly chosen to support me with the Dexcom CGM as I continue to train for triathlons, cycling and running events. I believe in full transparency and appreciate that Animas Canada does not review or approve my blog posts. Please read the full disclosure here