August, 2016 Edition 
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2016 Chris Dudley Basketball Camp was epic this year! 

Rio now Tokyo Hopeful ...for the Olympics with Diabetes!

The diabetes community can be particularly proud  of Mandy Marquardt of Team NovoNordisk who hoped to race in Track Sprint Cycling in the 2016 Summer Olympics! 

Swim on...With Diabetes 

In "The Diabetic Swimmer"   USA Swimming outlines the science and specifics of swimming with diabetes, while legendary swimmer Gary Hall himself talks about the search for a cure. In the meantime, U.S. Army veteran and tri-athlete Sean Walsh relays his success pre-Brexit in England in the recent Invictus Games!

Feeling Flabulous? 

Well, it is summer and swimsuit weather, and whether we like it or not those love handles are, um, showing .   But wait!... Don't panic and try to lose it all just yet.  The great news is that scientists are  all the  closer to successfully figuring out how to put those extra pounds to  incredbly efficient  use to cure an individual's own diabetes

Service Dog Saves Boy 
with  T1d!

Yet, another example of where "man's best friend" recognizes a diabetes emergency and saves the day - and life - of his beloved owner!

Baseball Player Beats T1d! 

Diabetes has not slowed Canterbury's Shuck on the diamond! 

National Mustard Day
August 6

Believe it or not, there really was such a thing as National Mustard DayBetter yet, mustard is a terrific and as yet underrated and unrecognized summertime condiment. After all, what BBQ would be complete without it? Whether you prefer Dijon, spicy, classic, honey, beer or flavored, there are so many tangy mustards to choose from to either top off that burger, 'dog or 'brat, or to compliment your favorite salad dressing or marinade. 

Diabetes Training Camp
August 22-27

Check out this fun multisport diabetes camp, but guess what? Here's the surprising secret: it wasn't for kids... it was for adults!

National Heroes Day
August 29

Celebrated in the Philippines, this day commemorates all of the unsung heroes in their country who might be unrecognized, forgotten or overlooked for their important deeds. We know that everyone with diabetes (ah hmmm... yes we mean YOU!) is also a hero or heroine of sorts - as are all the helpers and special people who lend their support and love to you or those with diabetes on an annual, monthly, daily or even hourly basis. So today, give yourself a gold medal, or a  blue  heart, a smile in the mirror or even just a pat on the back! And do the same for the many other diabetes heroes in your life for their life-saving help.

Recipe of the Month: 

Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce  

  • 1/4 cup light diary sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijion-style mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey


In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, milk, mustard, and honey. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve. Makes 6 (1-tablespoon) servings.


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One of My Bright Sides of Type 1 Diabetes:

When I was diagnosed with type one diabetes I was 9 years old, I had no idea that it would affect me for the rest of my life. I didn't think about needing to test my blood sugar every time before I drove a car, I didn't think about how I could have a low blood sugar at my graduation, or that it might affect my future job... It just never occurred to me.  As I have gotten a little older (I'm 14 now) these have been thoughts of mine. Even though it can be hard I can still easily find ways to stay positive through it.  And I really wanted to share one of my bright sides  with you guys...
Friends!    I have made so many life long friends that I never would have met if I didn't have type one diabetes! In fact I think that I have more friends WITH diabetes than without diabetes! There are so many ways to make new type one diabetic friends... some examples would be camp, walks to cure diabetes, events based on diabetes, Facebook groups and more!

I have to give an extra shout out to my  texting friends ...  I can not stress how important it is to find a type one community to back you up. I wish I could explain how AMAZING it feels to be able to text a friend (who also has type one) and be able to say, "Uhg my blood sugars are 400" and get a response like, "Aw, I'm sorry! I feel you, my sugars were crazy yesterday! Are you drinking Diet Coke or something?" It feels so good to be understood. Your friends and family can sympathize and it's so nice. But to have those people who REALLY get it, is a gift.

HI! My name is Gwyneth Stewart. I'm 14 years old and live in San Luis Obispo, CA. I love football, baking, music, hiking, rock climbing, unicorns and rainbows ;) I work at an awesome toy store called Whiz Kids! I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for almost 6 years. I love looking on the bright side of life! Can't wait to connect with YOU! <3 Gwen

Where Are They Now
Patrick Maag
1. How many years did you attend camp and what was the last year that you attended? 
I attended camp for 4 years, and the last year that I attended was 2007

2. What is your favorite camp memory? 
Too many things come to mind when I read this question, but I will give you the top three:
1. Belly flop contest - this may have actually been a diving competition, but in order to win the contest, you would have to outdo Big Mike's belly flop from the top of the lifeguard perch. I still cringe at the thought of how he felt getting out of the pool.

2.Slip-n-slide - to this day, the CDBC slip-n-slide was the best I have ever slid. The perfect combination of baby shampoo, the steep hill, and the willingness to form a train of people made for some wild rides.

3.Tips - This four person game may have occupied more of my free time at camp than anything else. The game that involves a blend of outside shooting and creative rebounding will always remind me of camp.

3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care?  
I learned a lot about my diabetes and my body at camp. The most important thing that I learned was to not trust "how you feel". Although you know your body better than anybody else, you can still be surprised by your blood sugar reading. The constant checking at camp -- even in the middle of the night or when you feel "fine" -- was a good reminder of this, and after having diabetes for 18 years now, I am still surprised at my blood sugar reading sometimes. The other important lesson I took from camp was to be patient with my low blood sugars. It may not be what you want to do, but your best option is to just wait it out with a glass of juice.

4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp? 
I was lucky enough to go to high school and college with fellow campers, and social media has made it easy to keep in touch with people. I love getting snapchats from some of my fellow campers. I have also been able to connect with diabetics that I meet in Milwaukee, WI (where I now live). CDBC is always one of the first things I like to share.

5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 
Cherish your time at camp, and don't be afraid to talk to people about diabetes.

Looking back on my days at camp, I am extremely glad I had the chance to spend a week with a group of people facing the same set of challenges that I was. Everyone at camp has low blood sugars. Everyone at camp gets tested in the middle of the night. Everyone at camp has to understand what kind of food they are eating. While everyone has the same set of challenges, each camper also has a different perspective. Seeing everyone's slightly different approach was a great learning experience, and if I were headed to camp for the first (or second) time, I would try to not only make great friends, but also learn how other people handle their diabetes. We can always learn something from others, especially when they are facing the same challenge.

Don't be afraid to share what you know about diabetes. I ended up going to Marquette University and running cross country and track and field for four years, and managed my diabetes through it all. It was an incredible experience that helped me fine tune my understanding of diabetes. Because of this experience, I was able to speak to a recently diagnosed high school freshman about athletics and diabetes. He was participating in track and field, and one of my friends who coaches at the high school asked if I could come talk to him. I was able to give him some tips, tricks, and pieces of advice that I had learned (sometimes the hard way) over the years of competing at the Division I level. I was able to have the opportunity to share because all of my friends know that I am diabetic, and whenever they meet someone in the same situation, they let me know. I hope that I was able to reassure the high schooler and let him know that he could compete in sports for as long as he wanted if he took the few simple steps of managing his diabetes and listening to his body.

*Tell us about yourself since your camper days....did you attend college and where...are you working...are you you have children...anything else you would like to share...
Since camp, I attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with Matt Frost, a fellow camper. I was able to run cross country and track and field year-round and met some fantastic people, including some fellow diabetic student athletes. I studied finance and economics and now work in downtown Milwaukee in the financial services industry. Luckily, my firm has season tickets to the Milwaukee Bucks, and I get to several games every year. My wife and I also have season tickets to Marquette men's basketball games which will probably take a few years off my life from all of the hand-wringing, but "We Are! Marquette!"

Although, originally from Portland, OR, I'm calling the Midwest home for now. Getting married last year to a Minnesotan also helps make this place feel a little less further from home... If any campers are coming through the area, please let me know! I would love to meet up!
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Enjoy the end of Summer! 

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