April, 2014 Edition 
Rabbit Saves Owner with Diabetes!
This is an amazing story of a pet rabbit saving his owner's life in 2004 when the gentleman fainted from his diabetes. 
It's Okay to Laugh Sometimes (when you can)...at Diabetes
While it's no April Fool's joke, two comedians show how they make the most with humor of their diabetes.
Diabetes UK and Easter
Diabetes UK offers their own cautions and advice about Easter chocolate and treats, and about the latest thinking including sugar free chocolate from one of the finest London confectioners Rococo's! or no added sugar chocolates from Thornton's.  

Glowing Bunnies and Diabetes Research 
Yes, the two really do go together when you're looking at manipulating and testing genes! See them for yourself! 

Diabetes High Tech Treatment - Cost Versus Benefit  
Advances in technology are important if not critical pieces of learning how to manage, treat and cure diabetes. But the costs they come with can be high and somewhat controversial as the New York Times thoughtfully documents.

Diabetes Expo - 
April 5
Learn about the latest in the Washington diabetes community at the Washington State Convention Center.

Walk for the Cure - 
April 12
Check out how the crew in Bend, Central Oregon
walked  a 5K for JDRF! 

National Garlic Day - 
April 19
Not only has National Garlic Day arrived, but garlic is good and healthy for diabetes! 

Recipe of the Month: 
Asparagus With Slivered Garlic 
3 cups diagonally-sliced fresh asparagus
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp dry white wine
2 garlic cloves, slivered 
2 tbsp minced red onion 
1 tbsp lemon juice
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1 dash salt, (optional)


Blanch the asparagus for 3 minutes in a pot of boiling water and drain. 

Heat the oil and wine in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute for 4 minutes. 

Toss the mixture with the asparagus. Sprinkle lemon juice, pepper, and the salt to serve. 

Nutritional Facts:
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 35
Calories from Fat: 10
Total Fat: 1 g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 11 mg 
Carbohydrates: 5g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 2g  

Servings: 6 



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Spring Cleaning for your Diabetes 
By Regina Shirley 
Reprinted with permission from Serving Up Diabetes.

It's that time of year when we all get the itch.  We've been cooped up inside, too lazy and filled with comfort food to do anything besides count down the days until the snow melts.   Well, here we are!  We all get that 'bug', sort of that nesting instinct to go through our closets, buy new bed linens, let the light in and dust until you find yourself dusting the cat because there is nothing left to dust!

What about trying something a little different this year?  When you go to clean out your diabetes cabinet/drawer, make it a bigger project for yourself.  Here is a list of 5 things you can do this Spring to clean out your diabetes baggage, in more ways then one.


1.  Donate your old un-used supplies: Depending on the organization and the condition of your supplies, you may be able to take that unopened box of syringes that has never been touched or that free meter that is still in the box that you got from a diabetes expo and donate those goods to a very important cause.  AYUDA supports, educates and helps to keep hope alive in youth with T1D all around the world.  Check out their site for more info. If you have carb counting books lying around or other diabetes education tools, try calling your area diabetes camp to see if they could use them.  Same goes for any gently used electronics or sporting equipment that may be able to be used at a summer camp for kids with diabetes.  There are many other resources out there, so just Google 'donate diabetes supplies' and find an organization that best fits what you may have to offer, or if you know of one please leave it in the comments section of this post.


2. While your deciding on what to donate, take a good look and decide what you should have to keep!  Do you have an extra meter in case yours kicks the bucket?  Do you have an old extra pump laying around and your not sure it even still works?  Put batteries in these things and make sure they are still functioning so that when you do go to reach in and use them during a diabetes black-out (all systems breakdown), you'll know you have a reliable back up option.  If your devices are totally ancient, it's always fun to just keep them and show your great grandkids how you defied the odds...even with archaic machinery!


3.Check those expiration dates!  If you walk around my house right now you would find probably about 4 vials of opened insulin bottles in various places that I stop and change my site depending on where my daughter decides to scoot off to these days as I follow her around the house to keep her out of trouble.  Now, I could probably guess that at least a couple of them have been at room temp for more then 30 days and I need to organize that and throw them out.  Go through your fridge and check the dates on your insulin vials.  While your at it, do you have a vial or pen of long acting insulin in there for emergencies and pump-breakdowns?  You should!  Make a note to get a script from your Endo the next time you see him so that you can always keep a vial of long acting insulin on hand if you are a pumper.  While your at it, make sure he gives you a script for a new Glucagon pen... I'm betting right now yours is expired and actually you probably don't know where it is!


4. Doctor appts:  Have you put off your annual eye exam?  Do you keep canceling your Endo appt because you don't want to get a hand slap for a crappy A1c?  Well, cut it out!  Get going would you!  I've canceled my last two Endo appts for that very reason, afraid of the scolding I'm gonna get.  So instead, I decided to just make an effort to check my BGs even more frequently and make sure I am entering them all in my pump.  That way, when he see's that my A1c is undoubtedly going to be high, he can at least have lot's of data to work with when he downloads my pump.  Therefore I will get the most out of my visit with him.  I also finally realized I had been putting off seeing my eye doctor because I didn't want to make the commute back home to go to my usual guy.  So I made the effort to find a specialist closer to where I live now, and got that appt out of the way.  Stop procrastinating!


5. One final thing; you also need to spring-clean your BLOOD SUGARS!  I'm talking about no longer being lazy about changing your pump site, or rotating it for that matter, when you have had a string of highs that you can't seem to explain.  I'm also saying put sticky notes all over the house to remind you to BOLUS and not to wait until you realize you didn't bolus and end up chasing a high all day.  Whatever it takes.  I simply asked my husband to help me to remember to do this by telling me to just 'bolus' every time he sees me eating anything (that includes a couple Cadbury eggs you Easter candy hoarders!).  He saw me drinking a juice box the other day and he yelled 'BOLUS!'...come on man, I'm low! But at least he's trying to help me.


Whatever you need to do to clean out your diabetes this Spring, it will only help you to enjoy a healthier and happier summer!


Regina Shirley RD, LDN has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for over 21 years.  She has been a Registered Dietitian for eight years with over seven years of diabetes education experience in the insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring and insulin training environment. Her blog Serving Up Diabetes is meant to provide nutrition information, share everyday experiences of living with diabetes and add value to the already extensive online platform of the DOC (diabetes online community). 

Where Are They Now?...  


Scott Nigbor...

Have you wondered what your favorite counselor does for their day job? Or, perhaps you've lost touch with a CDF pal and would love to know what they're up to. Search no more! You can find out here in the alumni spotlight "Where Are They Now?"... Oh, and please remember to email and let us know what you are up to so we can feature YOU too!


1. How many years did you attend camp and what was the last year that you attended?  

I first attended camp as a camper for 5 years until I was 17  years old  in 2006.  I did return for two more years as a dietary aid and a counselor!


2. What is your favorite camp memory? 

My favorite camp memory is a really tough one to pick because there are so many!  I will always remember sharing an ice bucket with Coach Jason Maki after we both twisted our ankles and got "slap happy" with each other as he tried to coach the other kids and I continued to sit there laughing at him  - haha.  There is always the traditional: Big Mike belly flop off the life guard stand into the pool  or  Joey sneaking around the cabins using squirt guns through the windows to get the boys to go to sleep at night.  But my favorite memory of camp doesn't come from a single moment - it's the experience.  I think my favorite part of camp every year is seeing all the familiar faces again that I hadn't seen in a year ,  as we all live in different parts of the country.  And in that very second we all see each other, it's like we haven't missed a second of each other's lives and everything takes off again. 


3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care? 

I learned a lot from camp to improve my diabetes care! Most importantly, camp helped me cope with having diabetes . And  there is no bigger step in controlling and taking care of your diabetes than accepting it and then going on from there.  I struggled to cope with my diabetes as a child growing up because I didn't know another person with the disease and it always made me feel like I stood out compared to everyone else and that I was different.  I will never forget the feeling I had the 2nd day of camp after walking out of the cafeteria after lunch and I stopped right in my tracks and just looked around.  What I saw moved me forever, as a 13 year old.  I stared at 75 other kids my age - kids that I ha d  never met before until the day before, but yet were like my best friends already - outside, laughing, screaming, running, joking, and smiling.  The thing that was different was that they all have Type I diabetes, just like me.  And as I continued to look, had I not been at that camp, I would have never known the difference.  That feeling that I had that day changed the way that I look at life forever and  I  couldn't be more proud to tell everyone: I have Type I diabetes!  Since then, camp taught me the importance of checking my blood sugar levels 4 or more times a day and how to adjust your insulin and monitor yourself with strenuous activity. 


4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp? 

 I keep in contact with a couple of people from time to time online through Facebook.  I haven't seen anyone personally from camp since I was last there in 2008.  I'm recently looking to change how I take care of my diabetes -- who better to ask than other diabetics!  So I put out a Facebook post just the other day asking my fellow 'betic friends about they are doing.  It was amazing the responses that I got and how fast we once again raced through memory lane and laughing with each other once again!  I wish I could see everyone again and  that  it was easier to keep up with their lives! 


5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 

Advice that I would give to present and future camper s : always keep your head held high, embrace all the challenges of life, and live in the moment!  Enjoy every moment of camp ;  it is the most spectacular and special place in the world!  Also keep in contact with your friends from camp and continue to always be there for each other -- there is nothing quite like the diabetic bond that is created at camp! 


6. Tell us about yourself since your camper days...

Since camp, I moved to Minneapolis, MN (yeah, I moved out of Wisconsin... haha) and attended University of Minnesota Twin-Cities where I got my bachelor's degree in Kinesiology.  In my time there I was hired as an Athletic Trainer Intern for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team for two years.  I worked with the team and traveled with the team to work with the athletes including (yup name dropping  - haha) Eric Decker who is now playing for the Denver Broncos.  Once I graduated from Minnesota in 2011, I continued my education down in Iowa at Palmer College of Chiropractic where I am earning my Doctorate of Chiropractic and will be graduating in October 2014.  I'm currently working in clinics at school and giving patient care to all ages.  I will be returning to Wisconsin once again with my degree and will be practicing chiropractic back in my home state!  In June of this year I will be taking a trip to Fiji as a Clinic Abroad opportunity to serve the people of Fiji with chiropractic care for a couple of weeks.  I am currently single -- so 'hello' to all the single ladies out there!  

  Chris Dudley Head shot PT
Have a wonderful Easter!

Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation