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The Girls Guide to Diabetes reminds that caring about your health is patriotic. 

And pursue this tasty list of edible plants that come in red, white and blue! 

Everybody deserves a massage week!  
July 10-16
And of course you deserve one too! The  Diabetes Council shared how  shiatsu massage can benefit those with diabetes. 

Just use common sense and safety precautions when utilizing massage with diabetes related conditions. 

World Emoji Day
July 17

It's hard to imagine there was ever a world without our expressive little friends; and what better way to celebrate their existence then World Emoji Day! 

Of course, you can see where this is headed...diabetes emojis of course! Learn more about how diabetes-specific emojis came to life in this interview, courtesy of A Sweet Life

And admire the cute little buggers here !

But what about Type 2?  Well, emojis are inclusive of course! 
There is even a helpful but entertaining app called Emojifit just for you! 

National Lollipop Day 
July 20 
There is a surprising amount of history associated with the humble sucker, from old medicinaries, to Shirley Temple, to the Wizard of Oz and more

Or, explore a hilarious list of lollipop "facts". 

There is a "Lolipop Study" happening in  England , looking long term at factors like diabetes and heart disease. 
Finally, we've mentioned it before, but Canadian Drew Dudley (no relation) has a most memorable TedTalk called "Leading with Lollipopsthat is absolutely worth re-visiting. 

JDRF Children's Congress 
July 24-26 

In Washington D.C. join Oregonians " Anya" and " Rohan" at the JDRF Children's Congress as they help educate  America 's leaders about diabetes! 

Tour de Cure Oregon & SW Washington 
July 29 

Join the American Diabetes Association, Fred Meyer and the Red Riders as we walk, ride and run to banish diabetes at AmberGlen Park

CDbasketball Camp
July 30 - August 4 
Get ready to put your fidget spinners down and play some basketball! Chris Dudley Basketball Camp is in...

16 Days
19 Hours
2 Minutes 
45 Seconds 

CDF staff is gearing up and excited to see our past campers and thrilled to meet all new campers! See you in the evergreens of Vernonia! 

Recipe of the Month: 
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~1 cup birch xylitol 
~1/3 cup strong brewed tea of your choice (cherry/lemon, raspberry, chocolate)
~2 tsp extract of your choice (cherry, strawberry, banana, lemon)
~Few drops of natural food dye if desired
OPTIONAL: 1 to 3 Citric Acid powder (natural sour taste) 

More info!  

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Type 1 Diabetes Can't Stop this Athletic 11-Year-Old from Pursing Her Dreams
Meet the winner of the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp Scholarship!

Written by Diana Herbst 

On most days, Kari Seekins is on the sidelines of a soccer field or basketball court watching her athletic 11-year-old daughter Allie compete or practice with her highly-competitive teams.  In school, she's a top student whose adorable good looks and outgoing charisma already have boys swooning on Valentine's Day. "A kid like Allie looks perfect and does everything great," says Kari, 44. "No one knows what she has to do to get there."

Allie has type 1 diabetes, diagnosed when she was 5. And to get where she "looks perfect" requires an almost incessant focus on maintaining Allie's blood sugar levels. "It's a constant juggling act to keep her numbers good," Kari says, "and there is not a second in the day I am not thinking about it."

Allie must think about every carbohydrate in every morsel she puts in her mouth to make sure her blood sugar doesn't go too high. Kari and husband Derek, of Hawkinson, Washington, carefully monitor Allie's blood sugar and insulin therapy for dips and highs - on constant alert during school, while Allie plays sports, and when she is sleeping.

Many nights, Allie's blood sugar dips and she is awoken by Kari or Derek to have some juice.

"If you forget about type 1 diabetes you will be in the hospital," Kari says. "It's so encompassing, it's a relentless disease."

Yet despite her worry about the possible dire complications from type 1 diabetes, such as loss of vision, falling into a coma or even death, Kari has never tried to curb Allie's indomitable spirit. And, Kari says, her daughter has never let diabetes "define her."

"She believes in herself and that's what makes me happy," says Kari. "She wears her insulin pump and she lets it show and that to me is the most important thing. "

"As a parent of a Type 1 diabetic, my biggest concern was her trying to hide it," Kari continues. "Her not being embarrassed, being so comfortable in her own skin and taking ownership of it makes me really happy."

This summer, Allie will live and play with other kids with type 1 from July 31 to August 4 at the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp, a week-long overnight camp for children with type 1 diabetes, thanks to winning a scholarship the camp gifted to DiabeticLifestyle. (Dudley is the first person to play in the NBA with type 1 diabetes.)

Allie says she is "super excited" for camp and being surrounded by other kids with type 1 diabetes. Says Allie: "No one will say, 'What is that? Why are you poking your finger?"

Where Are  They  Now
Tommy Osborn
1. How many years did you attend camp and what was the last year that you attended?   
I attended camp as a camper for about three or four years (I can't remember exactly), plus one year as a helper.  My job while I was a helper was to keep the Gatorade and water jugs full for the activities during the day, as well as help out with whatever was needed. 
2. What is your favorite camp
All of camp? That is kind of a tough question to answer.. One of the activities I really enjoyed was all the team and individual competitions/challenges that took place towards the end of camp, those were always exciting whether win or lose.  Also, that giant slip and slide was awesome!
3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care?  
One thing that camp really helped me out with was carb counting, and how important it is to consistently check your blood sugar throughout an active day.   Also, the effects that different foods can have on your sugars, like pizza for example, or fattier foods.
4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp?
I stayed in contact with a couple campers for a year or two after, but not too much after that.  Although sometimes I would get a call or text/message while camp was going on, which I really enjoyed!  Made me a little jealous I was not there though..
5. Do you  have any advice for present or future campers? 
Never let anyone pull you down or tell you, you cannot do something because of your Diabetes.  There are many resources out there nowadays that can be very helpful, so do not be afraid to ask for help/advice with Diabetes.  I have been through some rough patches with my Diabetes and did not want to ask for help at first, but once I did and was more under control I felt so much better!
*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...
I did go to college for a little over a year up at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.  Amazing town and great school!  Now I have a career in the industrial piping industry as an Inside sales Rep.  It doesn't sound very interesting, but it is a very rewarding and challenging job that I do love!  I do a lot of hiking/camping and have been working on my photography a lot lately.  I also participate and help raise money for the JDRF walk every year in Seattle for the past 10-12 years.  Go Team Oz!  I am not married nor do I have any kids...yet.  I live in the small beautiful town of Bow, WA.

From Silverton, Oregon to Nashville, Tennessee ... and we know him when? 
" "I'm a big storyteller, I like songs with meaning, not just noise that puts people in a good mood, but something that connects with them on a deeper level - and I hope that the music that I create will do just that."

Ben Rue came to Nashville by way of small-town Silverton, OR, where he grew up the youngest of three brothers on his family's 2000-acre grass seed farm. Driving a combine since he was 11, Rue wasn't one to shy from the hard work of the farm, but found himself writing songs and creating his own music as he worked. 

Ben was a camper and then on staff for years at CDbasketball camp. 

Check out more info about Ben here
And download some of his hits here

Have a safe and fun
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Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation