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Speaker Spotlight: Cherise Shockley

We are proud to have powerhouse advocate Cherise Shockley as part of our 2019 Orlando faculty.  She’ll be joining a panel of diabetes online community leaders to talk about peer support and how the Internet can make a difference in your diabetes care. Cherise was diagnosed with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in adults) June 2004. She is the founder of Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (#dsma), creator of the Blue Fridays initiative and WOCDiabetes (Women of Color living with Diabetes). Cherise is a subject matter expert in diabetes social media, online communities, and peer support. She is a wife, mother, and […]

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Behind the Scenes with FFL Faculty and Friends

Wondering who is behind some of your favorite Friends for Life sessions and programs?  Your FFL Chats host Sam Billetdeaux, living with type 1 diabetes, sits down with a dozen different Friends for Life personalities to talk diabetes, their experiences at FFL, and how they make diabetes work for them. Check out the full slate of videos and if you’re feeling inspired to share your own story, click the button below!

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Team Orange

For seasoned Friends for Lifers, the green and orange bracelets show us that we’re not alone.  Green bracelets are for people living with diabetes, and orange bracelets are worn by people without diabetes who support a friend or family member with diabetes. These groups support one another, and the difference they make is felt in every session, every discussion, and every connection. Sierra Abel and Sarah Lanning, siblings of PWD, work with their fellow siblings of people with diabetes to encourage frank and honest discussions about what it’s like to be an “orange bracelet” amongst the “green bracelets” at Friends […]

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Speaker Spotlight: Justin Masterson

Justin Masterson is a strategist and designer heavily rooted in the pursuit of deep human insight. His career began as a news anchor and feature producer for NPR, where he learned that every story is a human story, and that even the most complex problems are, at their core, human problems. He was thrilled to find out that the business world had a place where you could not only tell the stories of complex human issues, but actually innovate to solve them. His decade-long career with Seek has been hallmarked by success after success in leading the research, ideation, strategy and […]

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Won’t You Be my Fiffle?

“Fiffles have truly become my family and the experience of finding true friendship at a diabetes conference goes far beyond a diagnosis of diabetes.” Whether you call them “eff-eff-ells” or “fiffles,” the friends you make at Friends for Life will help make living with diabetes easier.  And this week, we’re very proud to host an essay from CWD Mom and Forever Fiffle Leigh Fickling, talking about why the connections made at FFL are lifelong and important.

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FFL Chats on YouTube

Sam Billetdeaux sat down with some of our Friends for Life faculty last summer, and the result is our new FFL Chats series on YouTube.  Hear from a duo with orange bracelets, a T1D strongman, a CWD board member, and more talking about their experiences at Friends for Life and why Children with Diabetes is one of the best places in the diabetes online community to call “home.” Check out the series on YouTube and if you’re interested in sharing your FLL stories, we want to feature them!    

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What’s with the Green Bracelets?

“The bracelets? They were a mix of necessity and practicality, sprinkled with some pretty significant magic.” Have you ever wondered why people with diabetes wear green bracelets at Friends for Life?  Laura Billetdeaux tells the story of the green bracelets, and how they’ve come to mean so much to the CWD community.

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Speaker Spotlight: Jay Hewitt

Jay Hewitt is an athlete, attorney and keynote speaker. He is the only person with type 1 diabetes to qualify for the U.S. National Long Distance Triathlon Team, racing three years for Team USA at the World Championships in Denmark, Sweden and Australia. He raced 14 ultra distance and Ironman triathlons – a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and 26.2-marathon mile run—140 miles in one day, all while injecting insulin and managing his blood sugar. At the same time, he balanced work and life practicing law and presenting appeals to state and federal courts around the country. Jay has been featured […]

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Friends for Life FAQs

Are you getting excited for Friends for Life Orlando?  (We definitely are!!!!  See all those exclamation points?)  Whether you’re a first timer or a returning Fiffle, Friends for Life Orlando provides the community, education, and those moments of “me, too!” that you’ve been searching for. And we understand that the conference has a lot of moving parts, so we’ve put together this Friends for Life Frequently Asked Questions page to help you navigate the ins and outs of FFL.  If you have questions about childcare, meals, hotel accommodations, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.  Check out the FAQs […]

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Speaker Spotlight: Arthur Ainsberg

Arthur Ainsberg is a writer and a Wall Street executive. A veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Ainsberg has served in senior management and consulting roles at Oppenheimer, Odyssey Partners, and Morgan Stanley.  We are proud to have him as part of our FFL Orlando faculty this summer. Mr. Ainsberg is also a scholar on the Endurance, the early 20th century expedition to Antarctica by Sir Ernest Shackleton. In 2008, he published his first book, Shackleton: Leadership Lessons from Antarctica, which highlights the most important leadership lessons to be learned from Shackleton’s story. Mr. Ainsberg speaks and lectures frequently […]

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