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CWD Welcomes Our Clinical Director

T-1 Today, dba Children with Diabetes, is proud to announce and welcome Marissa Town, BSN, RN, CDCES as the non-profit’s Clinical Director.  Town will be responsible for overseeing Friends for Life conference faculty, working with the CWD team to develop conference programs, and will oversee clinical content on the ChildrenWithDiabetes.com digital platforms. Diagnosed at the age of two, Town has had type 1 diabetes for 31 years and grew up attending the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conferences since the first event in 2000. A nurse and diabetes educator, Marissa has worked in a diabetes clinic, as a pump […]

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How I Managed Diabetes on My Summer Vacation

Did you venture out to the beach this summer? Go on any hikes? Finally figure out that coveted pizza bolus? Did you switch diabetes devices during the hot, hot heat of summer? Did you spend multiple hours on hold with your insurance company? Did you drink a too-warm juice box to treat a low? How did you manage diabetes on your summer vacation? We want to hear from YOU!  Send your diabetes-during-the-summer stories to our editorial team at [email protected]!  

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Being Prepared

Planning ahead for emergency situations, like the hurricanes and wildfires we are currently experiencing, can lead to better outcomes. If you haven’t created an emergency plan, or put together your emergency kit, now is the right time to get started. You never know when disaster will strike, so it’s a good idea to have a diabetes emergency kit prepared and readily available, just in case. Your diabetes emergency kit should have essential diabetes supplies, copies of prescriptions, some food and water, and be stored in a water-tight container. Should you find yourself faced with evacuating your house due to severe weather, […]

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FDA Approves Minimed 770G Insulin Pump for People with T1D

Medtronic has just gained FDA approval for their next generation of insulin pump – the Minimed 770G hybrid closed loop system. The press release states that the “newest insulin pump system offers the company’s most advanced SmartGuard™ technology, as featured in the MiniMed 670G system, with the added benefits of smartphone connectivity and an expanded age indication to children as young as 2.” According to the announcement from the FDA, the 770G system is “a bluetooth-enabled version of the previously approved MiniMed 670G System (with other modifications), is a hybrid closed loop system that works by measuring glucose levels in […]

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Help Change the Future of Diabetes Care and Treatment

Our friends at the T1D Exchange need your help!  The T1D Exchange is dedicated to improving care for people affected by type 1 diabetes through the use of real-world and clinic-derived data to drive research and innovation. The organization has amassed a comprehensive database of type 1 diabetes health information, providing clinicians, researchers, industry partners and advocates with the resources and services they need for better decision support and population health management. With an unparalleled focus on Quality Improvement, the T1D Exchange is changing the future of type 1 diabetes care and treatment.  Visit their website for more information about […]

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MoFFL Meetup on August 17th!

Join the MoFFL’s (Moms of Friends for Life) for a Virtual Happy Hour! We will be meeting via Zoom on Monday, August 17 at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT. The theme is COVID Hair We Don’t Care: Wear your favorite hat! Register in advance for this meeting: https://cwd.is/MomsZoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting – hope to see you there!

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MoFFL Meetup on August 3rd!

Join the MoFFLs (Moms of Friends for Life) for a Virtual Happy Hour! The MoFFLs will be meeting via Zoom on Monday, August 3 at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT. Show your MOFFL spirit and wear your favorite FFL shirt for the happiest hour with your best friends! Register in advance for this meeting: https://cwd.is/MomsZoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting – hope to see you there!

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A Letter From Laura

In the CWD weekly staff meetings, we’ve been working through all the details of our upcoming Virtual Friends for Life Orlando 2020 conference.  We’re excited for what’s coming, but of course there are moments when we stop and think about what we’re not able to do this year.  COVID-19 has reshaped so much of how we, as a world, are able to connect right now, but we’re still a community.  We’re still a CWD family.  And today, Laura Billetdeaux has penned a letter to our community, sharing her thoughts. I miss you. In a normal year, two weeks before a […]

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That VFFLO Feeling

While our team recovers from the fun and excitement of our first Virtual Friends for Life Orlando (VFFLO) event, held online last week, we took some time to reflect on what just happened, and why it matters.  CWD President, Jeff Hitchcock, and VP of Education and Programming, Laura Billetdeaux, shared some of their initial thoughts. Laura said, “In the week or so prior to VOFFL, I could barely keep up with the number of people registering. I started to get nervous, wondering if the ‘warmth’ of FFL would – could – be felt by thousands of people when conveyed in […]

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More Diabetes Studies Recruiting Now

Looking to participate in a clinical trial to help move the needle on diabetes research in 2020?  Here are some trials that are currently looking for participants, or will be in the very near future: Closed Loop From Onset in Type 1 Diabetes (CLOuD) – The purpose of the study is to use a novel treatment approach, the artificial pancreas, after diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D) to improve glucose control with the anticipated improvements of residual C-peptide secretion. DiabetesSisters, along with the ADA and the ASCES, have requested additional information about Fasting in Diabetes Management to further a previous […]

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