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Steel Magnolias to benefit CDF!

Do you live in the Portland Metro area? CPAC will be performing Steel Magnolias as a Benefit FOR Chris Dudley Foundation on Saturday July 16, 2016 at 7pm. 32405 E Columbia Historic Hwy, Corbett. For reservations, call 503 261-4273! For more info check out Steel Magnolias

Who's ready to see this beautiful
sign in 14 
days,  21 hours, 39 minutes and 4 seconds? 

T1d American Girl Doll

Bringing awareness and a little timely patriotism to diabetes, the American Girl doll now has her own diabetes care kit!


If you are a little bored this summer, and looking for something useful (and creative!) to do with all of these leftover Lego bricks and minifigs that are sitting in jumbled boxes in the closet or garage, what about joining in the fun of "Legobetes"? Using Legos to create diabetes messaging, type 1 Andy from the UK has turned Legos into awareness for diabetes!


If Hollywood Went Diabetic...

Check out this tongue-in-check list of hypothetical diabetes movie titles from DiabetesMine!  They could have been summer blockbusters, if only Hollywood had diabetes too. 

Cycling to Beat Type 2

Learning to ride a bike helped a teen face and overcome family generations of Type 2 diabetes.

A Carefree Community 

Parental concerns for t1d kids, especially as they sleep or are away from home, have been revolutionized by a group of parent "hackers" who have created technology that allows continuous monitoring along with peace of mind! The technology is free but parents are requested to "pay it forward" and help support other families with diabetes. Read more

T1d Kayaker is Olympic Hopeful!  

Young teen and white water kayaker Sage Donnelly has never let diabetes slow her down, nor her celiac's or thyroid diseases, making her what she jokingly calls a "triple threat."  If she is not in Rio, she still hopes to make the 2020 team!

BBQ Time! 

Savoring those delicious summer BBQ's with diabetes can create some potential discomfort for those with diabetes. Not to worry! Beyond Type 1 has you covered for tasty BBQ-ing t1d style while Very Well offers tips and diabetes-friendly recipes for type 2 to save the day!

Recipe of the Month: 

Frozen Strawberry Pops  
These frozen strawberry pops-made with sugar-free soda-are a very kid-friendly summer snack. 

*A heads-up, though: 
you have to freeze these overnight. 

  • large ripe strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
  • 2/3 cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate, slightly thawed
  • 8-ounce cans sugar-free lemon-lime soda

  1. Place the strawberries in a food processor or blender. Add the pineapple juice concentrate and pulse until fairly smooth.  (If you don't have a food process or a blender, you can do this with a handmixer.)
  2. Stir in the sugar-free soda until well blended.
  3. Pour mixture into eight 6-ounce paper cups. Freeze for 30 minutes, then stick a clean wooden stick into the middle of each pop.
  4. Freeze overnight.
  5. To serve, let stand at room temperature just until you can peel off the paper cup. Eat at once.

Click here for more info! 



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(Re)Thinking Summer Activities and Insulin Needs

from DiabetesSisters on June 29, 2016

Meri Schuhmacher-Jackson is mom to four boys, three of whom have type 1 diabetes. She is an active advocate within the Diabetes Online Community and authors the blog OurDiabeticLife. Muddling her way through with humor and hope, she wishes every family to know that they are not alone. In the following article, Meri provides some of her best tips and tricks for keeping her boys healthy and happy during active summer months.

As acting pancreases, we do a lot more thinking than we give ourselves credit for. When it comes to diabetes we make thousands of decisions a day. Many of which come so naturally it's hard to process the true amount of brain capacity it takes to keep the numbers in check. Summer tends to be my big wake-up call. A shift in the boys' insulin needs begins, and as such I need to make many more conscious diabetes decisions than normal. Situations arise, and for whatever reason the alarm bells start going off. "Meri! You need to think this one through! Variables! Think of all the variables!" Diabetes steps up the pace, and in turn, the cogs in my brain need to be dusted off. Below, please find a list of our family's summertime alarm bells:

1. Activity  basketball july pt
As summer vacation begins, activity becomes a factor right out of the gate. Sometimes my boys become totally sedentary, playing video games, recovering from finals or the end-of-school-year frenzy. Other times, basketball camp starts right away and they are running themselves crazy from morning until night. Either way, change in activity changes their insulin needs. Patterns of high or low blood sugars inevitably emerge, and basal changes must be made.

2. Heat 
Next comes the heat. Keeping insulin cool, keeping low blood sugars at bay after swimming, and remembering to actually take off their MiniMed insulin pumps BEFORE the boys jump into the water all come into play. Swimming brings so many variables, sometimes I feel like my brain is swimming in numbers. Should I pre-bolus for the missed basal while the boys swim? Will that missed basal be a plus since they are so active? How often should I have them break to test their blood sugar? Will they go low tonight because of all the activity today? Again, did they take off their insulin pumps before they jumped into the pool? (The Medtronic support team sent us two replacement pumps after two cannonball jumps into the pool during our Disney vacation one year. I still suffer from post-traumatic stress every time the boys jump in the water.)

3. Diet 
Also, our diet changes as summer starts. Sometimes we seem to subsist for days on only fruit. Other days we are going out to dinner to beat the heat and our diet is full of fat, hidden sugars, and sneaky carbohydrates. We all know restaurants like to add sugar so their food tastes extra good. Giving a good scientific-wild-guess on carbs within a restaurant meal can be full of angst and regret, and require a ton more brain power than one would think. Case in point: Chinese food buffets. The square-wave bolus feature on the MiniMed pump is a lifesaver. It helps us to research websites for nutritional information beforehand to get an idea of what we are in for as well.

4. Travel 
Then there is the traveling. Planning plane trips, or car trips brings up issues we were impervious to months before. I always review the TSA guidelines before flying with diabetes. It helps to know our rights. They can be found here. At the airport, Medtronic says it is ok to go through the metal detector - but not the new full body scanners - with their MiniMed insulin pumps. I've learned it's our right to refuse the scan and get the pat-down instead. Life-saving apple juice will be questioned and sometimes even require a long conversation with security. Being far away from home requires thinking ahead on supply needs. I like to bring twice the amount of supplies that I anticipate we will need. And when swimming is involved I like to bring enough for a set change every day...just in case. Also, if we are traveling out of the country, Medtronic can provide us with a loaner pump as a backup, just to ease our minds. Better to be safe than sorry when traveling far from home. With long car rides, sometimes a temp basal is in order. I always have a long talk with our endocrinologist and CDE before we travel...they are a wealth of knowledge!

These alarms are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to summer, but our thought process will adapt, experience will be our teacher, and problem solving will prevail. We may have to make a lot of educated guesses, but we are capable...and the fact that we are putting in the work is half the battle anyway.

Happy summer, to you and yours! 
Read more from DiabetesSisters.

Reprinted with kind permission from Meri Schumacher-Jackson. 
Still Waiting...
Keyona, age 9

Spirited and spunky Keyona continues to wait for that just-right-adoptive family who can embrace her Type 1 diabetes, parent her with a forever-commitment and help her heal from her time spent in the foster care system. Are you that family? Or maybe you know of someone who has the love, courage and passion to parent? Learn more about Keyona here! If you have questions or are interested, please email oare@nwresource.org.

Where Are They Now
William Hofmann 
1. How many years did you attend camp and what was the last year that you attended? 
I attended camp for 2 years and the last year I attended was 2004.

2. What is your favorite camp memory? 
My favorite camp memory was when the counselors would set up the giant slide-n-slide on the back hill. That alone was worth going to camp! One other memory I have is just how beautiful the surroundings were. The setting of the camp is amazing and very much gives you the classic summer camp look and feel. 

3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care? 
I learned all kinds of things at camp to improve my diabetes care. Going to see the doctors before dinner and talk about what you were going to eat and the appropriate dosage of insulin taught me about routines and how important they are in caring for your diabetes. Getting in the habit of thinking about the meal you're going to have, the carbs and the amount of insulin to have before you eat was great to have ingrained at a young age. They were also very good at looking back at your numbers from the last couple days and making adjustments that day. This is so important to learn, because going to the doctor every 6 months and having them adjust your dosages and ratios is not enough. Diabetes is very much 'on the fly' and always changing, which can't be captured or controlled once every six months. 

4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp? 
I stay in touch with a couple of people from my area that all went to the camp at the same time. It was a great way to meet other kids from neighboring towns and cities that also had diabetes that I would have never met otherwise. 

5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 
My advice to future or present campers would be to carry over what it feels like to be around doctors, nurses and diabetes experts who are taking care of you at camp 24/7 giving you the ability to 'forget' you have diabetes for a little while. While it is a condition that requires around the clock care and attention, you have to learn to live with it, not have your life dictated by it. And use technology to be empowered by diabetes not burdened by it! Finger sticks and insulin injections are a constant reminder to live in the moment!

*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 my camper days I went to college at Ohio University and majored in finance. I moved to New York City after I graduated and work in finance. I have a wonderful girlfriend that I met in college who is starting nursing school in the fall and is going to be an incredible nurse. 

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