This past August, a group set out to complete the North Coast Trail – a trek around the northern tip of Vancouver Island. A place only accessible by boat, home to the densest population of black bears and cougars on the continent, and known for its knee deep mud, vertical climbs, and ankle tweaking cobblestone beaches. Each of the trekkers lives with type 1 diabetes.
As a special challenge for this milestone year along his journey with diabetes, Logan chose to run at the annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in support non-profits that have supported him in his journey with diabetes. Logan ran the 10K for Children with Diabetes and the 5K to fundraise for JDRF. He raised over $24,000 and was the youngest runner on both teams.
Amanda Jo was in first grade when she was asked to draw a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up. She drew a girl singing on the radio. Skip ahead almost 20 years, and a diabetes diagnosis later, and Amanda and her former touring partner, Billy Lee, have joined forces as the duo Truckstop Honey. This year they signed a record contract with Winter Records and released their single, Polaroid, to country radio.
Upon FDA approval of Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM compatibility, thousands of existing t:slim X2 Insulin Pump users were able to add CGM integration to their pump from home using their personal computer, without waiting for their insurance to cover a new device. Just four weeks after launch of the software update, one-third of users have already updated their pumps via personal computer. Of the t:slim X2 Pump users who have taken advantage of the software update, more than 85% indicated they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the update process.
t:slim Pump user Dee Ann Gauthier remembers traveling by bus on Sundays from Clara Barton diabetes camp for girls to Dr. Elliott Joslin’s private estate in Vermont where she spent the day eating watermelon and petting his horses with other girls with diabetes. 50 years later she walked through the doors of the Joslin clinic to accept her 50-year Joslin medal that recognizes individuals who have lived with insulin-dependent diabetes.
Tracy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1991, two days after her 8th birthday. Through her career as a Pediatric ICU nursing supervisor, she has helped other people with diabetes. Learn more about how she cares for her own diabetes while taking care of her patients and their families, sending them home from the hospital with the example of someone who has lived well with diabetes for 25 years.
Kyle Aarup is a fourth-generation off-road racer. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age six and two years later was in an accident while practicing on his home track, which fractured his C1 and C2 vertebrae and ripped all the muscles and ligaments off the base of his skull. Read more about how Kyle finished his 2016 Pro-Buggy debut season with two championships, diabetes, and all.
When Liam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7, his parents promised that he could keep doing all of the things he loved doing. Liam returned to rock climbing just three days after his diagnosis. Dedication and hard work are inherent characteristics to the sport of rock climbing, which have helped shape the way Liam lives his life.
Morgan and her identical twin sister, Megan, studied in Tanzania through a University of Georgia study abroad program. They extended their trip to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro with classmates and their professor before heading home to the U.S. Here she shares the secrets to summiting successfully.
Kerri Orr, one of Tandem’s very own People Behind the Pump recently returned from a thrill-seeking journey off the coast of South Africa, where she fittingly celebrated her diaversary and 20 years of “surviving and thriving” with diabetes by going on the trip of a lifetime.
At Tandem, Chris manages or contributes to a variety of projects within the Marketing Department, spanning print, digital, and video production. As someone living with diabetes, he is focused on creating content that addresses the real-life needs of people with diabetes, in both our educational and promotional materials.
Will Cross wondered if Mera Peak would mark the end of his high altitude carrier, but his first trek with his t:slim G4 Insulin Pump gave him inspiration to continue climbing.
At school, she’s the captain and president of pretty much everything and participates in a shocking number of community activities. Her experiences receiving diabetes care have impacted her life path and influenced where she currently spends many of her volunteer hours giving back to a hospital system that has supported her through the Riley Dance Marathon.
We’re in love with this dynamic brother-sister duo. Parker and Madison live in Encinitas, California, where they can be found bouncing down their blood sugars on their backyard trampoline, between soccer and gymnastics practices.
Riley Jenkins is an honors student at the University of Georgia. She’s dual-majoring in biological sciences and nutrition science and will soon begin a research project on mitochondrial capacity and muscle endurance in individuals with type 1 diabetes.
Christopher Wilson is behind the scenes of 84 chapters of the Surfrider Foundation. He enables supporters, volunteer activists, and chapter leaders to focus on what they do best - protecting the ocean, waves, and beaches.
Angie Crabtree is a full-time diamond painter. She started taking painting lessons at 5 years old, and began teaching painting at age 12. We caught up with her about her passion for painting and her transition to insulin pump therapy.
Allen Hogan uses a vacation day almost every other Friday during hiking season. The mountains call and he must go.
Mindy Bartleson is on a one-way trip up the Eastern Seaboard. She is certainly no stranger to new frontiers and life transitions.
Jay Haapala is a 17-year-old high school junior, an Eagle Scout, national award winner, community leader, animal lover, and aviation geek on his way to being an FAA Licensed Private Pilot.