November, 2015 Edition 
November is National Diabetes Month
Read the President's official proclamation, recognizing the critical importance of this month! Get the facts, take action and share in the cause with JDRF

The Human Trail
A diabetes documentary 

This innovative documentary film about finding a cure for diabetes goes where no other diabetes film has gone - straight into the laboratory!

School Management and Response to Diabetes
Believe it or not, there are schools who are actively discriminating against or failing to adequately support children and families with diabetes. The New York Times reports on some shocking stories across the nation that will both raise your Thanksgiving hackles and break your heart.
The Invisibility of Type 1 Diabetes 
Riva Greenberg 
In her compelling piece in The Huffington Post, Rita Greenberg describes what life is really like for those with diabetes.

From Type 1 Ultramarathon! 
Alexx Collins Type 1 inspirational runner takes diabetes and running to an entirely new level - the ultramarathon!! 

Veteran's Day
November 11
Take time on this day to celebrate and recognize the veterans in your life, and to help educate others that veterans are at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes than the general population, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs!

World Kindness Day 
November 13

Not that we need an official day to do it, but World Kindness Day is a great day to be extra nice to everyone you see or meet, and maybe to throw in some extra thoughtful kind acts - even at least for this one day!

Type One Nation 
November 14

Join the Chris Dudley Foundation, JDRF and other partners at the Nike campus to tackle diabetes as one united front! 

Thanksgiving
November 26

Diabetes Health offers advice for type 1 and type 2 when handling the big holiday meal, while some added tips for feast day come from Massachusetts. However, it is Caroline of Colorful Eats who eloquently describes the essence of thankfulness that can lift you up and somehow be a supportive partner in managing an approach to this disease whether on Thanksgiving when taking time out to be thankful, or frankly on any day.

Recipe of the Month: 
Sugarless Pumpkin Pie
Ingredients:
1 (9inch) pie shell
1 egg
6 packets granulated artificial sweetener
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup evaporated milk

Directions: Click here!


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type 1 diabetes ...
It's been just over two months since Love Bug, and the rest of us simultaneously, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I shared the story of the diagnosis in the first postand then answered frequently asked questions and gave a glimpse of our day in the second. For this post, I've written about things I've learned and how I've changed. After this, I'll get back to the makings and bakings and cookings.

In terms of handling the type 1 diabetes diagnosis initially, I tried my hardest to keep myself together. I held it together fairly well when the doctor confirmed the diagnosis. Standing in the exam room, I got tears in my eyes but quickly blinked them away because there was no time for anything else. I had three children to care for, I didn't have time to fall apart. I held it together as I packed food and clothes and drove in end-of-the-day traffic to the hospital. I held it together while Love Bug was examined and tested again in the ER. I held it together when MJ, and then later my mom, arrived. I held it together as I shuffled the boys, my mom and myself to our car to go home for the night while MJ and Bug stayed. As my mom directed the car towards home, I let go. I wept and my body started shaking. The adrenaline I'd been running on had ceased. I finally allowed myself to feel everything.

It felt like a death. Our way of life, the way we were living, ended that day in August. We will never go back to what life was like before. The easy, uncomplicated, basically straightforward existence we had was no more. It died. While I was thankful to know the reason behind the symptoms, thankful for good medical care and so unbelievable thankful I could still see, hold and talk to my Love Bug, I was also filled with loss. Loss of the life we had and would have had, loss of the life Bug would have. I didn't want this for Bug. I didn't want this for my family, for me. The sorrow I felt and still feel today is heavy and deep.

As we drove home the first night, I explained to my mom the kind of life I had envisioned for us, now that it was completely changed. I told her how I wanted one of those lives where we experienced all those common, universal things most humans encounter as they inhabit the earth. A life where we exist, endure the basic highs and lows, the trials, the loss, the joys, the sorrow, and then die. Nothing especially spectacular or radical, I mean, to the outside world. A life we made, full of our family and friends, love, laughter and memories. She turned to me and asked, "So you wanted a life where you didn't get dirty?" I thought for a moment, shameful of my weakness, and responded, "Not this kind of dirt." In the dark, I knew what I didn't want. Unfortunately, some things aren't a choice. 

By Amy Christie, and reprint permission from this heart of mine blog.
Where Are They Now?...  
Christian Schlenker
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 attended camp for ten years - six of them as a camper and four as a camp counselor. The beauty of camp is that all the years seem to blend into one fantastic moment of nostalgia. 

2. What is your favorite camp memory? 
To be honest, my favorite camp memory has to do more with the people that I have been so lucky to meet and interact since my first time at camp in 2003. One of my good friends is Grady Kestler, who I shared a bunk with for 5 of the years that I was a camper. I remember staying up way too late into the night telling stories and laughing, while relating on a level that we would have never been able to except that we both have diabetes. It is amazing to see how something that most people see as a curse can bring people together.

3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care? 
I learned so much about diabetes, but the biggest thing that I learned was that I wasn't alone. I was not the only athlete struggling to reach a higher level with diabetes, and other people also had bad control days. To this day, I find encouragement knowing that I'm not the only one out there living life with diabetes, and that friends are only a call away. 

4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp? 
Well I am related to another one of the former campers, so that helps! My younger brother and I both attended camp as counselors. Besides that, I do still stay in contact with a few former campers. Luckily, even when I'm not at camp, I try to visit Portland or the area when I have vacation time during the summer. I also was blessed to live in the same city for a brief time as the big sister I never had who I met at camp, Jenna Stern. It's amazing to be a part of the lucky few that have an opportunity to be part of this community. 

5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 
Enjoy every moment that you get to be at camp. You will never get an experience where you get to relate with people on this level and make friends all around the country. Diabetes is a blessing in the sense that it gives us something in common, which leads to an amazing community. You have the chance to do this and build friendships that will last for years to come.

6. Tell us about yourself since your camper days...did you attend college and where...are you working...are you married...do you have children...anything else you would like to share.
Since I was a camper, my life has been a bit of an adventure. After my time as a camper, I went on to play college basketball for two years at Colorado Christian University. After some knee injuries derailed my basketball career, I became a bit of an international traveler - visiting 7 countries, briefly living in Germany and even doing some relief work in Haiti after the earthquake. In 2013, I embarked on my biggest adventure yet, marrying my high school sweetheart, who has also had to learn about my diabetes and what it is like living with a diabetic.
A year later, I graduated with a Bachelors in Theology and a Bachelors in Global Studies. I moved back to my hometown, Albuquerque, New Mexico, to teach Senior Apologetics and Worldviews at a small Christian school. I continue to live an active lifestyle hiking, playing basketball and enjoying the outdoors. One thing that my life has taught me is that through all the adventures that I have gone through, diabetes doesn't need to hold me back and actually can be just as much a part of the adventure.
Chris Dudley Head shot PT

Sincerely,

Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation