December, 2015 Edition 
Christmas & Diabetes 
Enjoy a plethora of tips for the holiday season for everything from meals to gifts to parties to emotion, compliments of "Death to Diabetes."

British Youngster's Diabetes Holiday Hit 

Phoebe Maddison's holiday hit "My Life" released last December deserves a rerun. While it may not have reached number 1 on the charts in the UK, she is still an International Emmy Kids Award winner and is spreading a priceless message about diabetes. Listen here!

Diabetes at Christmas 
Having a laugh! 
While diabetes itself is of course no laughing matter, it is important to lighten up once in awhile. Have a few giggles at some classic holiday movie characters whose expressions act out some classic t1d diabetes dilemmas 

Santa Speedo Runs & Dashes
December 12

When it comes to raising money for diabetes, anything goes, right? But in the Midwest and East, they're getting down to the basics - literally. Running a 5K in December in Illinois perhaps Ohio, or maybe Atlanta not quite so bad but Massachusetts in your speedo swimsuit????!!!! These guys (and gals) don't look cold in the pictures, but brrrrrr...! 

National Flashlight Day
December 21
It's hard to believe, but yes, there really is a National Flashlight Day! And it just so happens that it falls on the Winter Solstice, the shortest, darkest day of the year! Probably not a coincidence. A flashlight is always a good thing to have, whether for emergencies or for fun! Plan to get out of the dark, shine more light on diabetes; and stock up.

Star Wars Takes Over the Gingerbread Village! 
Seattle, Washington  
thru January 3, 2016
Sheraton Seattle Hotel takes the 23rd annual FREE traditional gingerbread creation to a new galaxy where all donations benefit diabetes through JDRF.

Recipe of the Month:
Paleo Peppermint Fudge Snowballs 
This raw paleo peppermint fudge recipe is easy, healthy, and tasty! 

What you will need: 
1.5 cups of Dried dates, pitted
cup of Pecan nuts
cup of Walnuts
1/3 cup of Cocoa powder 
1/3 cup of Almond milk, Unsweetened
1.5 teaspoons of Peppermint, extract
1/4 teaspoon of Coarse sea salt 
cup of Coconut meat, Finely shredded


For the kids I gave them each about a quarter cup of dough on their plate, and let them decide what to do with it. One made one big ball, and the others made a few small ones. We all had fun!


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Something Every Person with Diabetes Needs To Hear...

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A Special Message for CDF: 
As a teenager with type one diabetes I developed a love and hate relationship with Christmas. I'd look forward to all the decadent homemade treats but I'd loathe the high blood sugars that would follow.

I dreamed of sending my diabetes on vacation, so I could have a day when I didn't need to carb count or insulin estimate but of course that was never an option. I'm hoping this article can lift you up this holiday season and remind you of how you're doing an awesome job!!

~ Melissa Shannon

I want you to do something for me right now!

Put your hand on your shoulder.

Now start patting yourself.

And Don't Stop!

"Don't ever stop giving yourself credit for what you do everyday!"

What I realized this weekend is: People who have minor colds and flus get compassion and empathy. 

When someone has a cold people say, "I'm sorry, you poor thing... I hope you feel better soon!"

Sometimes this even comes with offers for chicken soup or babysitting services.

A family member who had a cold over the weekend was greeted with these kind words, words I am happy to hear others say. I, of course, don't want to see others suffer... that's why I became a nurse after all. :)

But I felt a longing inside me.

Sometimes, as a PWD, I want to hear the same words! 

Sometimes I go years (and once even over a decade!) before I heard someone acknowledge just how hard living with type one diabetes can be.

24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

I kid you NOT... I went 10 years without anyone giving even a sentence of empathy!

And when a family member finally said something... it made me cry for a long time.

And to this day I often think of what that person said.

So here's what it was: 

"People have no idea how hard it is for you and how much work it is to live with diabetes"

The funny thing is: I had no clue they even noticed how hard it is! 

I know we have World Diabetes Day on November 14th each year. 

There's even an Invisible Disabilities Association. 
But we need the equivalent of 

Valentine's Day for people with diabetes. 

A day where people say: "Hey, don't you have that chronic disease diabetes? Wow, you're doing an awesome job!"

Or your husband or family or friend could send you a rose or a nice hand written card that says something like:

Dear friend,
I really do see the little things you do all the time.

Remember the time we went to the movies and your pump site came loose, so you had to leave?

I remember the time you said "no" to that piece of cake because you were keeping such tight sugars and wanted what was best for the baby.

I see all the times you check you sugar, the times you look a little tired because your sugar is high.

The feeling of defeat when you have to treat a low before dinner.

But please know... I see a courageous women who is a fighter and an inspiration!

I'm actually crying as I write this.

Maybe it's good enough to just write a letter like this to yourself.

I'm serious! This is a silent disease and you and I are often the only ones who reallyknow all the "little things" we do that add up to so much.

What would your letter say? I'd love to hear it... in fact, I'd really find it therapeutic. Drop me an email or let me know in the comment section.

Melissa Shannon commonly says that she: 
eats, lives and works diabetes! That's because she's a type one diabetes blogger at, is a Certified Diabetes Educator, and has had type one diabetes for > 15 years! Considering herself a diabetes advocate, Melissa has a special passion for pregnancy and type one diabetes. She hopes to inspire hope, health and humour in people with type one diabetes.
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Happy Holidays! 


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