Celebrating World Diabetes Month

It’s finally November, our favorite month of the year! Celebrating World Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day is really important to us and something we look forward to. Living with diabetes is a 365 days a year, 24/7 job, which means you deserve to celebrate all month long! Part of this celebration includes treating yourself, but it’s important to use the month as an opportunity to raise and spread awareness. So that’s the question: how can you celebrate World Diabetes Month?

First and foremost, make sure to spend some time for yourself. This can look like many things, and odds are you already have something in mind. The important thing here is that you actually do it. We often have things we tell ourselves we should do but never end up getting around to it. Not this month. You deserve some self recognition, a nod for all of your hard work. So whether it’s a massage, a night out or even a vacation, make sure you do it this month.

One of the biggest parts of celebrating World Diabetes Month is spreading awareness. Even though we’ve come a long way with science and public health knowledge, diabetes and the differences between the types are commonly misunderstood. The number one thing all of us can do is start the conversation. Talk about it at work, school, the gym, with friends, family, and even the barista making your coffee. Tell them November is World Diabetes Month, what the differences are between the types, and what the common symptoms are. Let them know where they can go for more information and where they can donate to research. The more people know, the bigger the impact and the quicker individuals realize the symptoms their experiencing may be diabetes. Don’t be shy this month, spread the word and share your knowledge!

Another way to raise awareness is to organize an event at work or with your family and friends. This can come to life in many ways. You can organize a walk or run, a game night, or even give a little presentation. If you do something like a walk or game night, see if you can raise money to donate to your favorite diabetes organization. No matter what the event looks like, spend some time discussing what diabetes looks like and what individuals should keep their eyes out for.

Finally, wear blue! Every day you possibly can, wear blue, and tell people why you are. As we’re sure you know, blue is the world associated color for diabetes. Once you tell others what the color represents, they’ll be reminded of diabetes every time they see you wearing it. Encourage others to join you in wearing the color and to tell others why they’re doing so, especially on World Diabetes Day, November 14th. Imagine how special it would be to see a large portion of your community wearing blue that day! Wearing blue is one of the easiest ways we can raise awareness.

Enjoy celebrating World Diabetes Month, because you deserve it. Spend some time for yourself and acknowledge all of the hard work you’ve put in to manage your diabetes. Educate the community and spread awareness where you can. Happy World Diabetes Month!

Transcend Warrior – Jennifer Rainey

My Story:

I transcend while living with diabetes by advocating for affordability, technology, and education through my current job and my pursuit of my MPA. As a public information officer for our county public health department, I am able to speak out for diabetics and help in education events throughout our county. Personally, I’m back in school to get my Masters in Public Administration to help advocate for policy change and budgets that include both awareness and funding for diabetes.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:6+ Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:7+ times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump

Transcend Warrior – Jen Murnan

My Story:

My diagnosis story is different than most. I had a total pancreatectomy in 2/2017 and had my entire pancreas, spleen, gall bladder, duodenum, and lower stomach removed. I am considered to be a type 3c (pancreatogenic) diabetic. My diabetes is treated very similar to type 1, since type 1 involves insulin dependence. Without a pancreas, I face insulin dependence and resistance and even brittleness at times due to missing the alpha cells the pancreas would use to produce glucagon.
I have faced a lot of health issues, but I stay optimistic and persevere through the battles I take on each day. I have found a passion for educating others about diabetes and living without a pancreas and using my Instagram as a platform for anyone who wants to listen.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:6+ Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:1-3 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump

Transcend Warrior – Sherilyn West

My Story:

In January of 2002 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at eleven years old. I remember my family doctor calling at 6 in the morning on a Saturday and telling my parents to get me to the emergency room ASAP! We got to the hospital and they were ready for me and rushed me in while my mother filled out paperwork. As the nurse hooked me up with all these scary beeping monitors she asked how I got there. I told her my mom brought me and was filling out paperwork…okay she said so she carried you? No, why? I questioned. Her eyes got huge and she said, “your blood sugars are 52 mmol/L you should be in a coma!” I was terrified, but even more so when they told us the diagnosis and my mother cried. I remember her asking if I’d ever be able to have children…funny how your mind picks certain things to focus your fear on. I don’t remember the answer but it continued to be a worry for her. Sadly my mother passed away in 2013 and never got to know that 17 years later I have a very happy, healthy 18 month old daughter and am thankful to say I’ve discovered Transcend Glucose Gels to help with the first trimester when we conceived our second child!

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:1-3 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump

Transcend Warrior – Madelaine Heidenreich

My Story:

Maddie is a T1D Warrior and learned about Transcend from the the sweetest guy she knows; David Robbins. Maddie and soon to be husband, David, are exhibiting health and happiness while sharing the highs and lows of living with Type 1 Diabetes, making them The Diabetic Duo. Maddie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on her 9th birthday and traded cake for insulin and syringes. She has goals of becoming the first woman with diabetes to travel to space one day and strives to help others who are going through the same challenges of living with diabetes.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:1-3 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump

How has Transcend helped treat your low blood sugars?

My fiancé, David Robbins, is also a Type 1 Diabetic and loves the Transcend products. I was traveling out of the country and David shared a few of the Transcend gels with me to use when needed. I usually take gummy bears or drink apple juice when my sugar drops, but I loved the convenience of carrying the gels instead. I also found them easy to open and use. Not only did I love the product, but I also love the story behind Transcend.

Transcend Warrior – Susan Cawley

My Story:

It has been a rough ride with diabetes. I started running to try and beat the disease. I still find it difficult to maintain normal, steady blood sugars when I run. I have done several half marathons and 15 k’s in spite of the difficulty of lows and highs during runs. I have a wonderful and very supportive family, which gets me through the ups and downs of blood sugars and life in general. Persevering is what I do to get past those literal ups and downs.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:1-3 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:4-6 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump

Transcend Warrior – Owen Lewis

My Story:

Our son Owen was recently diagnosed with type 1 through a routine annual check up with his pediatrician. Owen is our oldest child with two younger siblings. Always the bravest child, he has tackled the rough adjustments to this new life style with remarkable perseverance and determination not to make him any different from anyone else!

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:6+ Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:7+ times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Shots

You can find Owen on Instagram at @boomlewis4

Transcend Warrior – Peter Jutzi

My Story:

My story started, in a way, before I was born. My oldest brother was diagnosed at age 3, before I was born. My parents knew all of the symptoms, so when I started showing a few of them they used my brother’s meter to check my blood sugar level. It was slightly elevated, not even high enough for me to feel sick. I was diagnosed on December 18th, 1995 and spent most of the week before Christmas in the hospital. When it came time for my first insulin injection, the nurse asked if I wanted to do it myself, which wasn’t a problem for me. I never really thought much about it growing up. My parents helped me take good care of myself, and I was definitely an active kid. During my late teenage years and into my twenties, I went through a burnout that had me in dka twice. I started on a pump in September of 2018, and CGM in March of 2019. I’ve always been aware of lows, but haven’t really found the ideal way to treat them quite yet. I’ve had some success with juice boxes and granola bars, but I’m looking for a better strategy.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:1-3 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:7+ times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump

Transcend Warrior – Renee Goldsborough

My Story:

I had hypoglycemia most of my life. My pancreas just worked too hard! At one month before my 21st birthday it shut down and I had no idea. I went to the doctor for feeling sick and they ran tests. I was sent to the emergency room because I was in DKA and had no idea what that was. I was there for 3 days and started insulin shots. After a few weeks I was lucky enough to get my Dexcom. My life has changed a lot. I have other illnesses that make it harder to deal with, but I am grateful for my endocrinologist and my t slim pump!

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:7+ times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump

You can find Renee on Instagram at @rengolds_

Transcend Warrior – Anthony Boykins Jr

My Story:

I just try daily to keep my type 1 in front of me instead of behind me. When I was first diagnosed and in ICU I sought to stay ahead of diabetes rather than let it push me around.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:4-6 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump