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Staying in the Military After A T1D Diagnosis – Jason Cyr’s Story

Staying in the US Military ater a type 1 diabetes diagnosis isn’t easy, but it can be done. Meet Jason Cyr. Diagnosed in 2011 while deployed in Africa, he was able to return to the Army and retire on his own terms a few years later. Jason is an élite cyclist and now a cycling…

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“The Mission Hasn’t Changed At All” – JDRF CEO Aaron Kowalski on the Impact of COVID-19

JDRF began this year by funding more research projects than ever before, but after COVID changed everything, what does the future hold?  We caught up with CEO Aaron Kowalski to ask what their mission to “cure, prevent & treat” type 1 diabetes look like in a time when fund raising is down and the future…

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“It’s Not Going To Go Away” – The Future of Telemedicine & Diabetes

Have you seen your doctor remotely this year? Turns out that endocrinology is the number one specialty using telemedicine in 2020. We talk to Dr. Peter Alperin from Doximity about their recent study that says about 20% of all medical visits will be conducted via telemedicine this year. We also talk about what this means…

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The Amazing Race: Leo Brown’s Unique Diabetes Story

 Meet Leo Brown from this season of The Amazing Race! He lives with diabetes, but his story isn’t a typical one. Leo was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, where the body makes too much insulin, and had almost his entire pancreas removed. Leo will share his unique story and tell us about running the race with…

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Diagnosed On Halloween: Kelly Kunik Marks Four Decades with T1D

Halloween can be a challenge for many families touched by diabetes, but just imagine beng diagnosed ON Halloween. That’s what happened to Kelly Kunik in 1977. In this “Classic” episode from 2017, Kelly shares her story, her family’s unique experience with diabetes, and what led her to beginning her blog, Diabetesaliciousness, in 2007.  Check out…

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Ask The D-Moms: Finding Reliable Diabetes News Sources

This week Ask the D-Moms is back, answering a very different kind of question. How do you know what diabetes news is reliable? Moira McCarthy and Stacey both have backgrounds in professional news media. We’ll talk about medical studies, news sources and, community & social media info. Check out Stacey’s book: The World’s Worst Diabetes…

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

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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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