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Learning From A T1D Sibling, Who’s Now A Diabetes Educator

When Shaina Hatchell’s little brother was diagnosed with type 1 at age nine, she knew her life – and her life’s goals – had changed forever. She decided she would teach everyone about diabetes when she grew up. Now a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, Shaina has written “Shia Learns,” a children’s book to…

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Minisode #11: Let’s Stop Saying: “Kid First, Diabetes Second”

It didn’t take long after my son was diagnosed for someone to tell us, “Kid first, diabetes second.” Benny was diagnosed in 2006, but that phrase has been around a long time in the diabetes parenting community. I get it. We shouldn’t take away all the things that make childhood fun and special, because of…

“Rip It Off and Squeeze It Out” – A New Way to Treat Lows

What do you use to treat lows on the go? One of the newest options is a flexible necklace, filled with 15 grams of fast-acting glucose. The Thrive Glucose Gel Medical Alert Necklace is easy to take with you, rip off and open if you need it. The idea came to first responder Kris Maynard…

“Everything in Life Seems Like It’s Connected to Food!” Celiac Mom Author Ann Campanella

There’s a lot of overlap between type 1 diabetes & celiac disease, including how hard it can be to get a diagnosis. People with T1D are thought to have ten times the risk of developing celiac and even more have a sensitivity to gluten.  Ann Campanella went for years knowing something was wrong with her…

Bolus Maximus – Diabetic Men Talk Tough Stuff

Have you heard of Bolus Maximus? Behind that great name are two men with type 1 looking to bring new resources to the community talk about the tough stuff. This week, Stacey talks to Brandon Denson and Matt Tarro. They share their stories and what they hope to achieve with Bolus Maximus. Check out Stacey’s…

The Baby-Sitters Club & Type 1 Diabetes in Media

The Baby-Sitters Club comes to Netflix! The beloved series features a character who lives with type 1 diabetes. How did the show do portraying life for a 7th grader with T1D? We talk to New York Times Bestselling author and winner of the National Book Award Robin Benway. Robin loved the books as a child…

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The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom, Real-Life Stories of Parenting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes is now available

Order now and Stacey will sign your copy!

Raising a child with type 1 diabetes is full of challenges, but you are not alone! Join the honest and witty Stacey Simms for real-life stories of T1D parenting. Stacey’s son was diagnosed just before he turned two. He’s now in high school! In her new book, Stacey shares how mistakes and mishaps can actually be a diabetes parent’s secret superpower.

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Behind the Scenes with Stacey


Stacey Simms is the host and producer of Diabetes Connections. She’s also an author, speaker, and voice-over artist. Stacey spent more than 20 years in local TV and radio broadcasting, mostly working very early morning hours.

Stacey’s been sharing her family’s story with type 1 diabetes since her son’s diagnosis in 2006. Read her blog, find speaker reviews and audio samples at our partner website.

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