The Type 1 Update at Mount Sinai on World Diabetes Day

How did you spend World Diabetes Day?

I know some of you in Toronto area had your butts glued to the theatre seats at Mount Sinai Hospital, listening to Sebastien Sasseville.

ICYMI: Sebastien ran ACROSS CANADA. He crossed his personal finish line in Vancouver on World Diabetes Day a year ago. Has it really been that long?

He was one of the highlights at this year’s Animas Type 1 Update.

I wasn’t there (announcement-I’m moving! Second obvious announcement- I am up to my eyeballs in things to-do to make this move as smooth as possible).

Luckily, I was able to grab some snapshots of what happened via Twitter and Facebook. This event is one of my favourites and I have been to it EVERY TIME since I’ve been diagnosed. I was bummed I couldn’t attend this year, but happy that I could have a look into the speeches via social media.

Here’s a graphic I made from Seb’s speech. Thank you Sandy for the awesome tweets!

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Here are some of the tweets!

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This one from Animas gal Sandy Struss.

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Lorraine is an RDE, CDE. Every time I hear Lorraine speak, I learn something a bit mind-boggling about diabetes. Here’s what I learned earlier last year at the same event:

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Temperature?! Cooking method? I knew diabetes was complex but had no idea these things effect your bg’s.

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Another totally “What the what” situation for me? The CGM which I have named Lumiere (because he lights up at night, my life and satisfies my Beauty and the Beast love awwwww), has been a real eye-opener for me.

There were some foods I thought were working with my body smoothly and others I thought I needed to stay away from. Lumiere let me look into what was happening in between the two hours pre and post meal.

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Now back to #T1Update15. The 3 S’s. L-R: Animas Tough Mudder champion Sandy, Sebastien and Master of Ceremonies Shawn Shepheard. Captain Steven C. Steele was on board too to talk about his piloting career.

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Lastly, a confession.

It’s been very very difficult to keep up my diabetes blog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I do my best, but I have started my own business now which eats up a lot of my time.

I’ve really been consumed with guilt over this, but today I declare after World Diabetes Day that I shouldn’t need to feel so badly.

I am living out my dreams as an entrepreneur and not letting diabetes stop me in any way. Not letting my seizures take away my push for gold. Refusing to let my hearing impairment stop me from enjoying social events.

It may not be displayed on social media but this, I realized, is the best example I can be to others living with type 1 diabetes.

I’m doing what I want, making dreams a reality, being focused on positive friends and family. This month and further on I refuse to put myself down because I am doing everything I ever wanted-with a little insulin on the side.

If you ever need a reminder of how to live well with diabetes, get out there and attend events like this one. Be informed. Be empowered. Most of all, appreciate the time we have on this earth.

Given recent world events I think it’s safe to say we are all being reminded that life is oh-so precious and we need to enjoy all the life that we have.

XO,

Jess

 

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Let the month of diabetes awareness begin!

If ever there is a time to get out there and connect with fellow t1d’s, it’s this month. There are loads of events happening in Toronto (and across Canada of course) and I wanted to share with you some of them so you can book those days off and meet up with your friends who just ‘get it’.

The earliest event is coming up on Wednesday:

I’ve interviewed both Michelle and Sebastian and trust that this talk will leave you feeling so much better about your diabetes management.

Call Calgary home? Why not mix and mingle with Connected in Motion?

Their next event is on Nov. 4th. Click here for more details! 

Sports your thang? Check out this event. Toronto Argos dress in blue too. #twinsies

And on World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14th, the annual Type 1 Update hosted by Animas will take place once again!

I go to this event every year (I went in the spring) and I think this may be the first one I miss which makes me really sad. I’ll be sure to cover the event in whatever way I can though. This 1/2 day has always lifted my spirits and made me feel more confident. I hope you can attend this one! Don’t forget to RSVP to Robin.
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There’s so many more events but here are the highlights. Feel free to comment and share any other events that you know of this going on this month.

And one more thing! What’s an awareness month without some profile pic changes? Check out this awesome campaign #T1DLooksLikeMe and get yours here.

XO

Jess

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