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        April, 2013 Edition 
International Children's Book Day- April 2
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In celebration of this literary day peruse a list of books on diabetes provided by Children With Diabetes.  
World Health Day- April 7
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This year's focus is awareness of high blood pressure, a factor that is important to watch, especially in conjunction with diabetes. 
Crystal Bowersox - April 27
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She's coming to Portland, OR to the Aladdin Theater! Read more about Crystal's history, her inspiration and her Portland ties. 
Vitamin D and Diabetes
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Researchers are still talking about the link between low vitamin d levels and the development of diabetes, along with using vitamin d as treatment for diabetes. 
Type 1 Rates Rising  
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According to a recent study, T1d diagnoses rates are rising in children, including in the UK where rates are the 5th highest in the world.


DxONE - 
"Heartfelt, honest, a must-see..."
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This short, narrative, award-winning film captures a family's struggles with their son's T1D. Watch the trailer and catch a glimpse!

Diet & Diabetes
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No matter where you live, navigating the different seasons with diabetes can be tricky.
Read more about practical tips from the UK. 
Recipe of the Month 
Strawberry Fields Lettuce Wraps
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Nutritional Information:
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Serving Size: 2 lettuce cups
Carb grams per serving: 4 
Calories(kcal): 73
Fat, total(g): 6

2 Tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 Tbs. Dijon-style mustard
1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
1/2 Tbsp. ground black pepper
1 1/4 cups finely chopped seedless cucumber
1 1/4 cups finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped radishes
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil
24 butterhead (Boson or bibb), or green leaf lettuce leaves
2 onces goat cheese (chevre), crumbled
Fresh basil sprig optional) 
Click here for directions to this wonderful salad!  
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Crystal Bowersox: Striving to Live Without Limitations 

By Nadia Al-Samarrie
Reprinted with permission from January 17,2013 by Please feel free to sign up for their complimentary digital magazine and newsletter. 



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Nobody thought for even a second that Crystal Bowersox's second-place finish on "American Idol 2010" meant that the 26-year-old was headed back to her native Elliston, Ohio, to resume a quiet life.


Instead, she moved 2,000 miles west to a new home in Los Angeles and quickly began a hectic round of recording studio sessions and public appearances. Today, along with her always frantic schedule, Crystal has to manage motherhood and type 1 diabetes. The result is a life without many pauses.


Recently, Crystal was kind enough to slow down and answer some questions from Diabetes Health publisher and editor-in-chief Nadia Al-Samarrie. In her wide-ranging responses to Nadia, Crystal tells why she kept her diabetes a secret from "American Idol" producers, talks about what it was like growing up, and names her biggest musical influences. She also reveals that acting was once her first love, and she describes how her father's fierce dedication helped her as a young girl and teen in her struggle against diabetes.

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Now working with blues legend B.B. King on "LifeFirstTM," a diabetes awareness campaign sponsored by OneTouch®, Crystal relates some profound lessons she's learned along the way.  


(Crystal's official website is 



Nadia: Looking back, when did you first sense that something was wrong?

Crystal : My parents divorced when I was two, and I lived with my mom. I was a small kid and weighed about 48 pounds in second grade. That was a toddler's weight, really, and it was actually my second-grade teacher who noticed that I was taking too many bathroom and water breaks. She punished me by taking away my recess, so I went home and cried to my mom. The thought came up it might be a medical thing, and, you know, it was. They checked my A1c, and it was out of this world. I was hospitalized for a week or so.


Diabetes was something my mom didn't recognize. She needed help recognizing that it was an issue. Since this was the early nineties, there wasn't a lot of diabetes education available. So my mom, dad, brothers-the whole family-were coming with me to the hospital and learning a new way of life from the diabetes educator there.

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Nadia: What was it like for you as a teen with diabetes?

Crystal : In my teen years, I was often sick. That had to do with the fact that I didn't really grasp the importance of diabetes management. And, oh yeah, like many teenagers, I could be horrible. I didn't have a stable home life, and that affected my blood sugar. It's possible that it was also the other way around, and that my blood sugar affected my behavior. Anyway, it was a struggle growing up with diabetes, but I also know it would have been a struggle even if I'd grown up without it. Teenage years? Come on! With teenagers everything seems so much bigger then it ever really was when you look back.
Nadia:Your father played a big role in your life as a person with diabetes. What was it?

Crystal : Diabetes is expensive, but, thankfully, my father worked in a factory and had been there a long time. So we had good coverage through him. I was really lucky for that, but it was tough for him because it put a lot of pressure on him to maintain the coverage. I definitely admire my dad for that, because I know he didn't want to work at a factory his entire life. But he did because he knew that's what we needed him to do. He was always there to make sure we had what we needed.


Sometimes when I had issues, I wouldn't come to him because I didn't want him to know that I was struggling. I've told stories about how I sometimes used to beg for insulin, but I didn't want to make that call to him, "Daddy, Daddy, bail me out!" I had my reasons, although my dad had definitely always been there to make sure we got things, Now we're all grown up and taking care of ourselves [Crystal has a fraternal twin brother, Carl], and I'm doing well. He's retired now, living in Ohio and riding his Harley all day, but I see him often.
Nadia: How did you start down your musical path? Who has influenced you along the way?

Crystal : I started piano lessons right around the time I was diagnosed. So from six to nine years old I was doing piano, then at about nine or 10 I realized that a guitar is much easier to carry and move around. I found a guitar in my closet and started picking out notes, and from there it just grew into this thing I realized I wanted to do.


My first great inspiration was Jewel and her album "Pieces of You." She played the guitar and sang in this kind of gritty folk style, and I soon learned how to play every song on that album. From there, other people who influenced me were Tracy Chapman, Melissa Etheridge, and Bonnie Raitt. In country, it was Willy Nelson and Patsy Cline.


Acting was actually my original passion. I first wanted to act in elementary school, and all through junior high and into high school I was in the theater and plays. But in high school I had a bad experience with a drama teacher, and that was it for me-I stopped. I just stopped, but kept pursuing music. I think that people who deal with troubled teens a lot should remember to approach everything with positivity, no matter how much of a jerk a kid may be. There were some things that were said that kind of stopped me in my tracks and affected me for life. So, I quit acting but stuck with music. But you know what? It worked out for me. read more of Crystal's interview.

Thank you Helmsley Charitable Trust


Here at CDF, we would like to yet again extend a special thank you to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for their continued and generous support of the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp. 


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Among their countless accomplishments, the Helmsley Charitable Trust puts forth thoughtful and conscientious efforts into helping fund groundbreaking research and innovations in the type 1 diabetes field. (For more information, please visit Helmsley Charitable Trust.)


Thanks to the Trust, numerous campers are receiving much needed financial assistance and will have the incredible opportunity of attending CDF Camp 2013. We so appreciate their help - thank you to the Helmsley Charitable Trust! 


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Happy April Showers! 
Chris Dudley 
and the Chris Dudley Foundation