December 2017
'Betes Reads: Tell Me Something Real
It's rare that we see diabetes in the literature spotlight, but young adult romance author Kristen Keohe gives it a voice in her latest book, Tell Me Something Real.  The story is of Lincoln Brewer, a teenager living in poverty with an uninvolved mother, taking on the everyday challenges of type 1 diabetes.  While writing Tell Me Something Real, Keohe did research and immersed herself into the diabetes community to ensure she told Lincoln's story right.  CDF interviewed Keohe about her path to the character of Lincoln, the story of Tell Me Something Real, and how she managed to weave diabetes education into a captivating fictional adventure.  

CDF:  How long have you been writing? 
Kristen Keohe: I feel like I've been writing my entire life. I'm sure my mom has stacks of spirals in my old bedroom, all with stories or journals (oh the material!). I started seriously writing when I was a senior at Oregon State in 2006, learning literary technique, prose, the difference between literary fiction and genre writing, poetry, magazine and newspaper writing etc. I published my first young adult novel in 2010. 

CDF: Can you give us a quick overview of what your book Tell Me  Something Real is about and how it incorporates type 1 diabetes? 
Kristen  Keohe:  Tell Me Something Real (TMSR) is something I have wanted to write since I moved to Albany from Seattle in 2014. The minute I started working here, learning about the community and its people, I realized there was a story. It's not the only story--there are always so many--but the one I saw was clear: a teenage girl who wanted to survive, who needed (and often hated) to ask for help from a community who was mostly willing to help, even when they couldn't alleviate all of the difficulties. It too me two years of thinking of this, and wondering what her story was, before I ever put pen to paper and then transferred that outline into a Word.doc on my computer.  My main character, Lincoln Brewer (who is a female), has T1D, but she also has an unhealthy home life. Her struggle comes not just from managing a very treatable yet difficult and life-altering auto-immune disease, but managing it while also trying to manage other things, like finding a safe place to live, having a job, being a teenager who gets to make decisions based on want versus need, and falling in love... READ MORE

Tell Me Something More is recommended for ages 13+.
Purchase Tell Me Something More on Amazon HERE.

Who says diabetes accessories can't be fun?! The holidays are nearly upon us.  We've included some of our favorite gifts for your diabesties, making life with diabetes easier, brighter, and more fashionable!  Check out the Holiday Dia-Gift Guide HERE!

Stay on top of your blood sugars this holiday season with the Beyond Type 1 Holiday Carb Chart!  Read, print, or share it HERE. 

Congrats to our CDBC student-athletes who have committed to compete at the collegiate level!   Cade Brown (middle) will join the Baseball Team at San Diego State University and  Emma Dudley (right) will be playing basketball at Utah State University.  Cade and Emma joined their families and other student athletes on National Signing Day to announce their next st eps.  Are you a CDBC camper or past camper who has made the big college decision for next year?  Let us know!  We would love to hear about your next big adventure! 
As 2017 nears an end, we want to keep you updated on the efforts we are dedicated to here at the Chris Dudley Foundation.
Check out our Year End Letter to read about this year's Chris Dudley Basketball Camp, Diabuddies Dash, and our low income outreach program, Test Don't Guess.  Please share this letter with your friends and family to see what CDF is up to in the diabetes community! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and 2018!

  • Riding on Insulin: Oregon Camp - Mt. Hood: February 24, 2018 OR find an ROI camp near you here.  *Scholarships are available!
  • Chris Dudley Basketball Camp 2018: July 29-August 4. New Camper Registration will open at Midnight in your time zone on New Years Eve.  Visit for more information on how to register!   *Scholarships are available!
  • 2nd Annual Diabuddies Dash: Registration is now OPEN! Register HERE by January 1st for Early Bird pricing!  Visit for race details. 

WATN showcases past Chris Dudley Basketball Camp campers, now young adults with type 1 diabetes living active lives and following their dreams!  Want to participate in WATN?  We would love to hear from you at

Megan Winans
CDBC Camper 3 years; Staff 6 years

What is your favorite camp memory?
Each and every year brings a whole new set of memories that I hold close. My very first memory was actually before camp even started. I was laying in my hospital bed just a day after I was diagnosed and past camper, Luke Kopecky, paid me a visit where he told me that I had to go to this awesome diabetes basketball camp with him. Another camp memory that always sticks out in my mind is my first day at camp. In addition to
 diabetes, I also was  recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and had not got a firm grasp on the new diet. I had gone to a  few other basketball camps earlier in the summer where I had very limited food choices and was worried CDBC would be the same. Boy was I wrong, Gayle quickly greeted me, let me  know I would be eating meals  just like the other campers and she absolutely held up her end o f the bargain. #teamwheatless  

Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care?
Camp is, really, where I learned how to manage my diabetes while play ing sports. A week after I was diagnosed I started my first season of high school basketball where, looking back, I really had no clue what I was doing in terms of managing my diabetes while being active. After attending camp everything seemed to click and I remember sitting in the back of my mom's car and knowing that I could take on any challenge diabetes decided to thr ow at me. 

Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp?
I have stayed in close contact with many people from CDBC. I am fortunate enough to  call  three individuals my very best friends. I also love and cherish the texts and quick visits I get f rom many other people in the CDBC family. Just this past summer I was down in San Diego and Jenna heard we were both  in similar areas and so she drove all the way to the beach just to see me for half an hour before my flight took off. I also got to play in the same slow pitch league as Tatjana this summer and fall. Through my years at Pacific, Gibby joined the men's basketball staff so I got to see him on a regular basis. Social media has been my main mode of communication weather it's keeping up on Facebook or the 
occasional Snapchat I love  staying connected with people all year long.    
Do you have any advice for present or future campers?
My biggest piece of advice is to cherish the relationships with the people you meet at camp.   Camp has allowed me to see diabetes as a blessing, rather than a bur den, due to each of the individuals I have gotten to know over the years.   Whatever method you choose to communicate with others, make sure you do, you never know when you will completely change someone's day and give them the encouragement they need to keep fighting on. 

Tell us about yourself since your camper days 
Since my camper days I went on to attend Pacific University where I was able to play four  years of college softball and get my Bachelor of Science in Public Health. After graduating I  started working for Providence where I am in my third role with them, now at Providence St Vincent in their Neurology department. I am also in my second, and final, year of my master's program with Pacific University. Next August, the Saturday after camp, I will be walking across the stage and receiving my diploma for my Masters in Healthcare Administration. Upon graduation I plan to get my Diabetes Education Certificate and continue my career helping children with Type 1 diabetes. 

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