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.

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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.

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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,

Jess

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

Type 1 update at Mount Sinai is back + it’s my 3rd time at the SAME d-event?! #t1update15

I love the internet and all, but let’s meet IRL (in real life)!

 

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I’ll be at the Animas Type 1 update at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto on Saturday April 11th.

As you can see in the above photo, the hash tag has been set (#t1update15), so get your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram game on.  Get ready for information and more importantly, inspiration.

This year will be my 3rd time attending the SAME event. You can read my blog on last year’s event here.

Plus, here’s my 2014 Type 1 update profile highlight. Guest speaker Terrence Teixeira: Canadian triathlete, adventure-seeker and all round type 1 super star. Read it here

It still shocks me how quickly time flies, and how much changes as the years go on.

I’m excited to see familiar faces but equally thrilled to hopefully meet new friends as well. If you see me (I’ll be the one snapping lots of photos), don’t hesitate to come say hello!

Details below. Don’t forget to RSVP by e-mailing rdales@its.jnj.com or call 905-464-4939.

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Animas Canada has kindly chosen to support me with the Dexcom CGM as I continue to train and advocate for active living with type 1 diabetes . I believe in full transparency and appreciate that Animas Canada does not review or approve my blog posts. They want me to share my honest experience with the device. All opinions and posts are purely my own. There is a permanent link on my page on this sponsorship which you can read here

The value of time- starting training season 

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Season has just begun. Low symptoms are morphing hard. 

Nowadays a low consists of pounding headaches, running to the ladies and bad next day hangovers. 

It’s making the start of this training difficult.

It’s crappy. I’ve cried…hard. But one thing is for certain, t1d has taught me the value of time. When I’m feeling good and bg’s are rocking, I try to remind myself to enjoy every minute of it.

Live up your weekend.

Xo,

Jess

 

 

 

Let’s get physical: working out with a CGM

IMG_8456-1I’m off the market.

Officially attached… at the abdomen?

2015 is going to be filled with lots of races but with the added bonus of a continuous glucose monitor.

I did a summary of the Dexcom after a week trial last year in April. Read it here. Now I’ve got one- and am ready to train this season.

Any workout tips for a newbie to the CGM world?

 

New year. New season. New CGM. Let’s get started.

Xo,

J

Animas Canada has decided to support me in my athletic journey with a CGM. 

I believe in full transparency so I’ve made a disclosures page on my site which clearly states this sponsorship.

 

 

 

Stephanie Brodie- Toronto’s queen type 1 fitness instructor

Ever meet someone who motivates and inspires you and he or she doesn’t even know it?

Meet Stephanie Brodie.

She was one of them for me-a person who by the simple act of sharing her athletic life with type 1 diabetes, helped me live mine to the fullest.

Stephanie is a fitness instructor, certified RPM spin instructor, half-marathoner and Connected in Motion ambassador.

Thank you Stephanie for sharing this inspirational quote!

XO,

J

50 sec video: Connected in Motion’s Skate Night

Am I going back in time to the roaring 20’s? Yes, yes I am. Enjoy the video.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hot food never tasted so good! It was pretty cold out yesterday but a bunch of us type 1’s laced up and skated through the night. Lots of laughs, lots of fun-always the way with Connected in Motion!

XOXO,

J

1 post + lots of love: Type 1 diabetes CAN be a blessing in disguise.

Last week I was fiddling around with one of my favourite iPhone apps called Word Swag and I made this:

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Posted on Instagram. Tweeted. Put it up on Facebook. Then…magic happened. Positive love was flowing! On Instagram I saw people tagging and writing such heartfelt messages to one another. And Facebook-oh so much ❤ too.

So please drag and drop. Download. Spread the love. E-mail it to someone who needs it.

Type 1 diabetes brings lots of challenges, but it also gives us a lot back in return if we care to look for it.

XO,

Jess

Now what? After the big race…

I’ve been singing Disney songs ever since my race. Aladdin. Little Mermaid. You name it, I’m singing it….poorly mind you but with big hand gestures and sometimes twirling.

Okay, a lot of twirling. But hey, I’m celebrating right?

Realizations? I love the long run. I prefer half-marathon distances to 5 and 10 km races.

Another marathon? I think that’s very likely.

For living well with type 1, for life in general. Here’s your Monday Motivation:

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IMG_0094Bummed to have missed Connected in Motion‘s Slipstream this year so sent some active vibes their way during my workout yesterday.

XO

J

 

3 tips for your first marathon with type 1 diabetes

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 2 years and 3 months since diagnosis.

5 weeks into a 16 week training program for the Disney Marathon. My first. Race date? January 2014.

Here are 3 tips that have really helped me in tackling this distance so far. Share with me your advice 🙂

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We have soccer, crossfit, and swim coaches…running should be no different. When you step out of leisure running and want to complete distances like the half or full marathon, I strongly suggest hiring a coach. You don’t have to shell out big bucks either. Work out a barter system with someone or negotiate a deal.

For me, I hired a coach who is a good friend of mine. We worked out a great system where we both helped each other out with the skills we have. This will be one of the best investments you make into your running. She knows my personality, the challenges I face with t1d and all my other health challenges that come into play.

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Type 1 author/speaker and good friend Shawn Shepheard once told me, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

In training. In career. In life.

Be ruthless. Make sure that those around you are supporting your goals (whether it be a marathon or something else). Good people motivate, inspire and keep you accountable.

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Nailed a run with smooth bg’s? Finished a great workout when you really didn’t feel like hitting the gym?

Maybe you passed a certain mileage point or hit a PR.

It’s important to treat yourself for the mini milestones but also just for taking part in the process altogether. We all know t1d is unpredictable. You’re a star.

Happy running!