April, 2015 Edition 
April is National Poetry Month! 
There have been many clever, creative and compelling poems written about the ups and downs of living with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Whether through the large variety served up on Poetry Soup; acknowledging NPR's

"Poets Give Voice to the Toll of Type 2"; the heart-wrenching honesty of authors on "Hello Poetry"; the sweet and not-so-sweet musings of "Syrup with my Pancreas"; or to the playful diabetes poem by Fizzy, Funny, Fuzzy,  either way there is a speckling, sprinkling and sampling of diabetes poetry for everyone to find and treasure. 



20th Year Chris Dudley Basketball Camp T-Shirt Design Contest! 
Do you like to DESIGN?Does leaving a legacy appeal to youAre you a fan of recognition and prizes? Then we have a challenge for you! In commemoration and celebration of the 20th year of the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp in Vernonia, Oregon this July, we want YOU to design the CAMP T-SHIRT. All are welcome to enter the design contest. (Campers, Staff, Friends of the Foundation, etc.) The winning designer will receive an extra special prize, plus your signature on the bottom corner of the printed shirts. Your legacy will last a lifetime!!! We want you to get CREATIVE and really capture the essence of what camp is all about. Over the last year, or perhaps over the last 20 years, what has CDBC meant to you? Please send your proposed design in any form to garrett@chrisdudley.org. Show us your best stuff "Dudley Dominator's"!

Co-Directors of Fun 

Diabetes and those Eggcellent Eggs!

More appealing research continues to reveal that eggs can have multiple benefits for those with diabetes. In "Cracking the Myth," research 

explores new thinking on cholesterol, as well as  

further support indicating that just maybe "Eggs are your Friends."  In fact, Mark's Daily Apple shares about a t1d individual named Shawn who feels that his Paleo diet, complete with lots of eggs and exercise, can be credited with incredible results for his t1d diabetes!

A Healthier Easter 
Many different countries face similar challenges when it comes to balancing health, diabetes and Easter treats. Diabetes Queensland offers tips from down under, Diabetes Ireland shares some gems from the Emerald Isles, and here in the U.S. Philips Lifeline offers alternative ideas for adults in particular, while Burnt Apple has some fun and festive ideas for all ages, and yet Naturally Sweet Sisters reminds us that there are still childhood memories and emotions to be considered. 

TypeOne TypeHappy...
"Hoppy Love" 

Diagnosed not even a year ago with t1d as a young adult athlete, Gretchen Otte is determined to remain active and inspiring in spite of the obstacles. In her TypeOne-TypeHappy blog, she makes sure to credit her best buddy and bunny Winnie with helping her to stay happy and healthy. 

Recipe of the Month: 
Spinach and Gruyere Quiche


Nutritional Information:
Servings Per Recipe: 10 
Per Serving:199 Cal.
10 g total fat
(3 g sat. fat)
9 mg chol.
210 mg sodium
15 carb 
1 g fiber
11 g pro. 



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20th Chris Dudley Basketball Camp Reunion
1st camp group photo 1996

WHEN: July 31, 2015 @ 2:30pm - 6:30pm

WHERE:@ Cedar Ridge (aka CDBC) in Vernonia, OR.  
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All past and present campers and families and staff are invited!! 

Please email garrett@chrisdudley.org if you are interested in attending this Fantastic Event!!  
More details SOON!!

Living Strong with T1D

By Sarah Kaye of www.sugabetic.me

"you have to try your best to turn the bad into the good... that is what diabetes forces me to do..."
 ~Sarah Kaye

  Having lived with diabetes for the past 26 years, I believe it has made me into a stronger person. Most people who wouldn't understand the true complexities behind this disease would probably laugh and say some uneducated remark in regards to laying off the 'fill in the blank'. What they don't understand is that there is so much more involved with control than just watching the foods we eat. Some doctors believe it is as simple as watching food intake, exercising, taking medications if needed, and keeping the numbers between the lines. But what others who don't have diabetes don't see - but that we do every single day - is the emotional toll that having a disease like this can have on us.


Growing Up 


For years, I resented that I had diabetes. I wasn't like others - the simplest thing such as playing outside or maybe having an extra biscuit at the table wasn't something I could do, or at least not as easily as them. My friends could go and do whatever they wanted without a single thought of how their pancreases handled the sudden burst of exercise, without worry over if their blood sugars would drop low later. They never had to worry about how having a day or two of high blood sugars affected their mood and made them into someone they weren't usually, and how the teachers just looked at you as being a "problem child" during that time. 

By the time I was 16, the emotional toll of the stress and strain, not to mention knowing the burden it must have placed on my own family, finally caught up with me, and I finally reached my darkest moment with diabetes. That night, I had reached the point of complete burnout and even contemplated self-harm, but my faith brought me through; and it's because of that I am here to share my story with you.

Moving On

Now, as an adult, those memories are still never far from my mind. I still go through the emotions of anger and resentment toward diabetes. I still get frustrated that in order to do some things, it takes much more planning on my part before I can do them - like going for an hour walk in the evenings, playing in the yard with my child, or even maybe going out for a treat of ice-cream. I get irritated when people ask "are you sure you can have that?" or when I hear the stories of someone's family member who "just didn't take care of themselves." 



Times of burnout still plague me when I go through wild glucose variations that just seem to have no rhyme or reason to them and I'm doing my best to control them, but I also know in the back of my mind that it just looks like I'm an uncontrolled diabetic on paper. I still cry in the shower when no one can see or hear me when the emotional toll just becomes too much or I feel, for some reason or another, that I have failed. I've learned that it's okay to let the emotions out. We HAVE to let them out; otherwise they can build up in unhealthy ways.


Making Good 


I've also learned to channel my emotions into advocacy and let that drive my desire to help others. I've tried to find the positives in this disease along the way to help me through because focusing only on the negative leads to depression and more resentment. You have to find the humor otherwise you will go crazy in this never-ending, life-long disease of rollercoasters. I have always been taught and fully believe that you have to try your best to turn the bad into good, and that is what diabetes forces me to do each and every day; that is why I am a stronger person because of it.



Sarah is a 30-something young woman from South Carolina. She's been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 4. She now works to bring light to living with diabetes through her blog, www.Sugabetic.me, with hopes that sharing her stories of both living with diabetes and her love of diabetes technology will help others along the way. She is also a wife and mom to a son and (coming soon) daughter, due in July.

Thank You, Thank You...


Dear Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust,


We so appreciate your continued support of the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp, generously provided through the grant award of $25,000.


Your thoughtfulness and recognition of the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp continues to create life-changing opportunities for youth with T1D, offering them access to inspirational experiences and connecting them to a network of support.


In supporting programs that provide "what is best for people living with T1D," the Trust speaks with wisdom; and straight to the hearts of those with diabetes. Research and technological innovations are critical, vital components of diabetes management and cure advancement, but it is through direct-service, people-focused projects that the Trust builds transformative communities and circles of care. CDF is thrilled to be a part of the Trust's integral and ongoing work. 


As we prepare for this year's programming, we look forward to celebrating, encouraging and cultivating personal growth and hope for these T1D youth and families who need it most. 


Thank you again for your invaluable collaboration.

Chris Dudley


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