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Save the Date  
April 22, 2017
Run like a leprechaun  for the pot of gold! (well, there's not really gold at the end, but you will feel like a million bucks as you complete your run)!  Sign up yourself, friends, family and co-workers for the Diabuddies Dash in Keizer Oregon which will benefit CDFChoose from 5K or 10K. Learn more, be active and get inspired at Diabuddies Dash!

If you would like to volunteer for this event, we would love your help! More info here

March is...National Umbrella Month!     
Yes, March actually is National Umbrella MonthNow, of course you are asking, why on earth is this important? Well, first of all there is even a nifty health coach named Umbrella with Dee Second, you, too, can have your own diabetes umbrella.  And lastly, its fun just to look at this charming umbrella graphic from testguessandgo

World Kidney Day
March 9
The heart organ gets all the  love  since it is the highlight of February. However, did you know that those kidneys are  their own  critical and important organs too, and thus the need for World Kidney Day!? Diabetes is actually the number one cause of chronic kidney diseaseKeep taking care of those kidneys!

National Potato Chip Day
March 14
National Potato Chip Day   is very unlike the other strange, obscure holidays. Most of those other holidays recognize things that we don't  think about  enough like: "Dentists" (thank your Dentist on March 6! ) or "Barbies" (a shout out to Diabetic Barbie). 

However, potato chips are the opposite - too many of us celebrate the almighty potato chip way too often and all year round! Whether you are a ruffled, barbecue, thinly-sliced, or flavored fan, there is a chip-to-please out there for everyone within far-too-easy reach all the time.

The cons? Pretty obvious. High in saturated fats or trans-fats, high glycemic index, hard to eat just one... (Although sweet potatoes are better).

The pro's? They're, um, delicious! (And, they sustained the Irish until the 1845 Great Famine).

Choosing baked chips over fried can make a big difference! Regardless of how you prefer them or slice it, go ahead, celebrate and indulge at least a little. It's Potato Chip Day: #NationalPotatoChipDay !

St. Patrick's Day
March 17

Is having diabetes lucky? "OMG You're so lucky!" is what some people exclaim to this young  woman in the UK dedicated to fitness, but she sets them straight

An Irish gentleman, Moderator "Terry 4" on the Tudiabetes Forum has a whole list of things he feels lucky for related to his diabetes. 

The Lucky Few, of course, with a song and a  prayer might also actually agree! 

Diabetes Alert Day
March 28
90% of the MILLIONS and MILLIONS of people with Type 2 diabetes don't even know they have it! Get the toolkit to share, and encourage everyone to take the test - you never know what they might find

National Doctor's Day
March 30
For someone with diabetes, the Doctor is a pretty important person! What better day and way to show them appreciation then on National Doctor's DayWhether it's with the classic red carnation, a card or a tweet, your doctor will be happy to hear from you! 

Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards
Deadline April 1
If you are a young tennis player ages 14-21 living with diabetes, you could qualify to win one of multiple scholarships and awards started by Novo Nordisk and Billie Jean King who lives with Type 2, commemorating the tennis champion Donnelly sisters who also both had diabetes. Get your application for the annual Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards here and hurry to apply before April 1! 

Patrick Racy
Pat is a freshman center for the Jumbos who has stepped into quite a big role in the last couple weeks. While he was splitting time at the backup center spot at the beginning of the season, with the recent injury to Tom Palleschi '17 a couple weeks ago, Pat has been called on as part of a double-barreled post presence for Tufts. Coach Bob Sheldon has been using Pat and senior center Drew Madsen '17 interchangeably over the last couple of weeks, relying on the freshman for big minutes off the bench. Read more...

Recipe of the Month: 
Homemade Potato Chips 
1 med. russet potato (about 5oz.), washed, unpeeled

1/2 tsp. kosher salt (or salt-free seasoning such as Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend) 

1/2 tsp. mild chili powder

More info

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Why I Choose to Celebrate My Diabetes on St. Patrick's Day

Reprinted with permission from diabetic lifestyle. Author,  Quinn Nystrom  is a national speaker, diabetes ambassador and author of the book "If I Kiss You, Will I get Diabetes?" This inspirational diabetes advocate is also the founder of Dateline Diabetes, a diabetes nonprofit. She and her younger brother were both diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in their childhood and she has continued to dream BIG ever since.

Dia-versary: The celebration of the date a person was diagnosed with diabetes.

Intriguing and confusing term to many, including Webster (maybe that's why the term hasn't been added to the Dictionary yet). I'm sure people are puzzled why someone who was diagnosed with a chronic, incurable illness would celebrate the date of that diagnosis year-after-year without fail.

Let me tell you why I continue to believe this is a DO...

Even 18 years later, I still vividly remember the kelly-green frosting (it was St. Patrick's Day) painted on the vanilla sheet cake that was sitting on my lunch tray the day that I had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. A friend who was sitting at my usual lunch table auctioned off my piece of cake to my other girl friends, declaring that I would not be able to eat sugar again. I was panic stricken. I clenched up. Frightened that my friend was speaking into a megaphone for the whole junior high cafeteria to hear. I remained a frozen mute in the navy blue plastic chair.

It took me months to speak publicly that yes in fact I had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but that in no way that would limit my life. I've used that initial wound to now travel around the country and speak to over 250,000 people about diabetes. I still get ignorant comments and questions about living with diabetes (check out my next blog on a recent event I had where a gentleman asked me why I was overweight), but what has changed is the strength  of my voice. The voice that God gifted me with has become stronger and more confident as the years have passed. And trust me when I say, that is a far cry from my gawky 13-year-old self who sat in that chair in the lunchroom, and couldn't form a sentence to respond to the bad joke being thrown around.

So how did the concept of a dia-versary ever come about for me?

From the first year that I was diagnosed, my parents adamantly said that March 17th  would be a day of joy, reflection on another year where the battle had been fought, and subsequently I had been victorious. They didn't measure my success on what my blood sugars were, or what the doctor's report said. What was of upmost importance to them was if in fact I was living a life not defined by a chronic disease diagnosis. They did this by each writing me a card, giving me a small, sentimental gift, and usually a dinner out (my choosing!). Some of my friends have even joined in to show me their support by mailing me a card on this date or shooting me an e-mail. I have saved every single one of those cards because there are some days that are tough, so I will go and find my box and read the words of encouragement from the people who love me and who I love the most.

A friend of mine recently shared of their own past struggles of facing adversity as a child growing up and that him and I, though different life events, had a similar effect on our lives. He stated, " You've lived your life in a way where you didn't let diabetes define you, but it certainly refined you. " I believe we've all faced adversity at some point in our life that we weren't prepared for. What helped me was my faith and the family and friends that surrounded me with positivity. We are the only ones who CHOOSE how we are going to handle the events that are thrown our way.

I take every St. Patrick's Day to celebrate the woman that God has formed me into. He brought me down to the valley to fight the battle of this disease, but equipped me with the strength to climb up to the top of the mountain to shout the words that I had made it to the top.

Author's  Statement 

Hello CDF,

I always say that the day that I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes was certainly one of the worst days of my life, but it was also one of the best. No one wants to be diagnosed with a chronic, incurable illness. But over the last 18 years of living with it, I've also seen the positives that it's brought into my life. I hope that my blogpost about "celebrating" my dia-versary resonates with you, and may we all look for the positive in any situation that we face.

Quinn Nostrum 

Where Are They Now
Mike Farrell
1. How many years did you attend camp and what was the last year that you attended?  
My first year at camp was 1998, and the first person I met while waiting in line was Joe "Sweetness" Edwards. Not only did we meet while checking in, but we were bunk mates - much to Joe's chagrin - and we the 1-2 punch of the Suns on the lower court that year. I couldn't make it last year, due to football training camp at the university I was working for, but I just accepted a new job in the Washington DC area, so hopefully it'll allow me to return this summer. 

2. What is your favorite camp memory? 
Talk about a hot seat question.  Man, this is a tough one. There was one year that David Wagenblast and I decided to do push-ups for every basket our team scored (and because we're two certifiably insane people we wound up doing this for several years in a row). We thought it would motivate the team to play together on the offensive, and work hard to get turnovers on the defensive end. We also thought that it would be a good workout for us. It was. By the time Friday rolled around I don't think I could lift my hands above my head, but it worked. David and I were (and continue to be) incredibly buff, and our team had great chemistry, mostly based on the fact that they loved to tell us how many push-ups we would have to do once the game was over.

3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care?  
I think the most important thing I learned is that while you have to own how you react and respond to your own condition, you are never alone with it. Every year there are 100 people at camp who are smart, generous, and are going through the same things. I've got life long friends that I'm constantly talking to about how to handle adverse situations, not only with diabetes but in life.

4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp?
You know how people will often give you a look that says they feel sorry for you once they find out you have diabetes? I always tell them that it's not the easiest at times, but that without it I would have missed out on so many great friendships that I'm, in a weird way, happy that I got diagnosed so many years ago. It's true that diabetes changes your life, but the people that I have met, that I get to call life long friends, have changed it for the better. 

5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 
The energy and enthusiasm that you bring dictates how good camp will be. And, yes, in large part it's a factor of how you personally will experience those 6 days, but both energy and enthusiasm are contagious. If one person wakes up and says that today is going to be a great day, that mentality easily spreads. For those that have attended the camp, think about the day that the Trailblazers staff members come out to Vernonia. Whether it's Bobby Medina, or the Trailblazers FIT team, it is the most exhausting day of the week. But, I bet it's also one of the best.  Not only are you accomplishing something that is incredibly difficult, you're doing it with your friends, and once you find the right attitude, you are doing it with a smile. That's something that can easily be replicated once you head back home from camp.  It won't always be easy, but that's where you've got your friends that you've made at camp to fall back on, as well. 

*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...
So I have attended or worked at camp for over half of my life at this point, and I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 15 (old age alert). Since I started going to camp, I went to Lafayette College (BA), UCF (MA), and have held several jobs, twice coaching, twice doing sports marketing, and now I work as a digital content producer in Bethesda, MD for Comcast Sports Network. I just started at the beginning of the year, so if any of you are headed to the DC area, give me a shout.
Chris Dudley Head shot PT
Happ y St.Patrick's Day!

Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation