Animas Annual Type 1 Diabetes Update Event at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

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Attending the Annual Type 1 Diabetes Update last year marked many firsts.

It was the first…

  • diabetes-related event I attended outside of my own hospital
  • hang out with my very first type 1 diabetic friend
  • chance meeting members of Connected in Motion
  • face to face encounter with a pump
  • hearing other type 1’s speak about their experiences
  • time eating lunch with other t1d’s (all-round checking bg’s and giving insulin? yes please!)

I was nervous, terrified actually. But when the day came to an end, I walked away feeling more confident, excited about new friendships and armed with more information about how to live well with t1d.

What a difference a year makes.

Last year’s speaker Shawn Shepheard was a stranger. Now he’s a friend and was this year’s master of ceremonies.

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Connected in Motion was an organization I looked at from afar, not sure I’d have the guts to actually attend an event. Now I’ve completed my first half-marathon proudly wearing their logo as I crossed the finish line. I also attended my first d-meetup with them playing trampoline dodgeball.

At the end of the Annual Type One Diabetes Update last year, I won a raffle to CIM’s Slipstream in the City event. Slipstream in the City was my first t1d outing with my parents and friend, another big step.

CIM’s Jen Hanson took to the mic this year to speak about traveling with diabetes.

Read Jen’s tips about exploring the world with type 1 diabetes here. 

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Before, during break and after the presentations I looked around the exhibit room floor and saw many familiar faces. Thinking back to last year, it has been an amazing journey to now.


Getting out there and connecting with others has made a huge difference. For me, much of that started here.


You can access all the informative tweets about the event via Connected in Motion’s Storify (a collection of tweets and photos). I’ll have another blog post on triathlete Terrence Teixeira’s presentation about being an athlete with t1d later on.

Hitting the gym with Shawn Shepheard, author of the new book Life is Sweet

“Instead of our usual coffee meet-up, do you want to hit the gym instead?”

That was the question I asked Shawn Shepheard aka. Sugar Free Shawn earlier this month and as the photo above proves, he was game!

Shawn is a friend, international speaker, motivator and diabetes advocate. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the launch of his new book, Life is Sweet.

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During the event a few of Shawn’s friends went up to speak, and I was so happy to hear stories about how he has motivated others to reach their fitness goals.

His book is a collection of life stories that range from funny to heartfelt.

Running his first marathon? It’s in there. This guy is a 3 time marathoner, 7 time half-marathoner and a 5km/10km race pro.

Fitness Q&A with Shawn Shepheard

What is your current workout routine?

I currently play hockey twice a week and hit the gym 3 or 4 times a week.

What have you found to be helpful when exercising and managing your bg levels?
It’s really important to test your blood before working out and adjust accordingly.  I also always have juice or Dex 4 with me.
What is your favourite way to workout?
Hockey, hockey, hockey 🙂
How do you stay motivated to keep up your fitness routine?
I know I always feel better on days that I am exercising.
Do you have any fitness goals? 
Although I am active, I am nowhere near where I want to be with my health right now.  I am committed to making better choices with diet and exercise everyday and have a goal of dropping 50 pounds over the next 6 months.

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Congrats Shawn on a successful book launch. You have quickly become such a great friend and supporter of mine. I’ve been very blessed to have met so many wonderful people along this journey, you being one of them.

Thanks for sharing your fitness story with us and see you at the gym!