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Looking Back on 2023

It was quite a busy year here at CWD! We began the year with our annual staff retreat in January where our key leaders met to discuss and plan our upcoming events. The retreat also serves as a time for staff and key volunteers to bond further and discuss the trials and tribulations of living with diabetes. In February, we attended ATTD where we were honored to present our second annual CWD President’s Award to our Friend for Life, Dr. Irl Hirsh. We were fortunate to have Dr. Hirsh be a presenter at our Friends for Life Seattle conference a […]

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Pro Tips for Enhancing the Effects of Insulin

When you have diabetes, sometimes it feels like no matter what you do, your insulin is not working how it should. There are many very real reasons why it may not be working – the dose may have been too small, you could be injecting into scar tissue, the insulin could have denatured (gone bad), to name a few. Then there’s insulin resistance, which is happening more and more for people with type 1 diabetes, despite it being a key characteristic of type 2 diabetes. Here are some insulin hacks/tips to help make sure your insulin is working as effectively […]

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Screening for Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes basics pertinent to screening We know that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, meaning that the body’s immune system starts attacking its own body. The immune system is supposed to help the body fight off things such as viruses, flus, colds, etc. But sometimes it goes rogue and we don’t fully understand why yet. What we do know is that the autoimmune process is not an instantaneous event, but a slow progressive process. What this means is that we’ve figured out type 1 diabetes has three stages:1 What are autoantibodies? Autoantibodies are proteins in the blood that tells […]

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Visiting Lilly

Since CWD team “headquarters” is in Ohio, situated only a couple of hours from Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis, three of our local employees were recently invited to Lilly for an inspiring afternoon. We were invited to present Journey Awards to a handful of Lilly employees who live with diabetes. Lilly was the first pharmacy company to make insulin in the early 1900’s. In the main building, there is a beautiful hallway featuring the original brick building facades. According to our Lilly partner, Sarah Noel, this hallway still had a residual smell from the decades of bringing in animal pancreases to […]

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CWD’s Site Visit to Falls Church

Last week, the Children with Diabetes team headed to Falls Church, Virginia, to prepare for our Friends for Life 2024 Spring Conference. Falls Church holds a special place in many of our hearts, as we have held four conferences at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park. Though this location is familiar to us, we were met with a beautifully renovated venue as soon as we walked in the lobby doors. We are excited to bring our old and new families back to Falls Church for the first time post-COVID. We spent the next two days meeting with our friends from […]

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Celebrating the Wins in Diabetes

When you’re living with diabetes, or loving someone with diabetes, you have to stay resilient as much as you can. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and you have to be able to make it to the end one way or another. One of the things that helps me maintain my resilience with diabetes is celebrating the wins. Acknowledge the Suck I’m not suggesting that you focus only on the positives, because, as previously stated, there will be a lot of times when diabetes will make it impossible to see the positives. So, make sure you also acknowledge the “suck” […]

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Ringing in NDAM with our Friends at embecta

Honk honk!  HONK HONK! Hooonkkkk hoooonnnkkkkk! If you listen closely, you can almost hear the sounds of the taxis on the streets of New York City, right? As the CWD Team returns from the Big Apple, we can’t wait to share with you a brief recap of our experiences at Nasdaq in New York City. The Children with Diabetes team was invited by our Friends for Life at embecta to help ring the opening bell of the NY Stock Exchange on October 31 as a kick off to National Diabetes Awareness Month.  At the event, Children with Diabetes joined forces […]

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Test driving the Medtronic 780g

Each time I try a new automated insulin delivery (AID) system, I find there are things I like and dislike about the system. As with most things, you have to find something that works for you and your diabetes management goals. For me, one of my main goals for diabetes management is to reduce my burden while getting optimal Time in Range (TIR). For the last few weeks, I have been trying out the Medtronic 780G and I’d like to share my thoughts about the system. Not the Old Medtronic CGM Those of us who have been around the block […]

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ISPAD 2023 Recap

Goedemorgen! The Children with Diabetes team has just returned from Rotterdam, Netherlands and the 49th Annual ISPAD (International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes) Conference. We’ve had an amazing week connecting with our best diabetes Friends for Life in Europe and can’t wait to tell you all about our experiences abroad. Grab some french fries with a side of sweet ketchup and mayonnaise and let’s recap ISPAD 2023! Rotterdam, Netherlands The CWD team left different parts of the United States and flew overnight to Amsterdam, Netherlands. We were excited to connect in the Amsterdam airport, grab our luggage, and then […]

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Friends for Life White Plains 2023 Recap

It’s been a little over week now since the Children with Diabetes team returned from White Plains, New York. We’ve just concluded our Fall Friends for Life (White Plains) conference and our diabetes fuel tanks are overflowing after spending a long weekend with our Fiffles. Grab your hot apple cider and join me on a look back at FFL White Plains! Our conference weekend opened on Friday evening with registration where attendees were given their nametag lanyards and their orange or green wristbands. People with diabetes were given the familiar green wristband while the people that don’t have diabetes but […]

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