September, 2016 Edition 
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Returning to School With Diabetes
A parent seeks to educate teachers about the needs of t1d kids in her open letter featured in InsulinNation, while the CDC offers practical advice for parents 
and NIH has actually been creating a comprehensive guide on "Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed"! 

Adults Getting 
Type 1? 
Apparently, it is becoming more and more common for adults to get diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. In some cases, it is at first being mistaken for Type 2!

Miss New Hampshire Spotlights Diabetes 
Sporting her pump and positive press, Caroline Carter - Miss New Hampshire 2016 brought awareness and advocacy to the Miss America stage! While she did not win the title last night, she has already been quite busy spreading smiles and awareness. As the Miss America competition approached, she had a special message here for viewers! Thank you and congratulations Miss New Hampshire!

Grandparents Day

Give a hug and shout out to those special grandparents in your life and cherish the memories for Grandparents Day.    How22 also offers some tips for how to help grandparents become introduced and adjusted to a new diabetes diagnoses in the family. 

President Obama officially declared Grandparent's Day with the Presidential Proclamation announced
Constitution Day 
September 17

As we remember our founding fathers and commemorate their creation of our one-and-only Constitutionit's a good time to appreciate the rights and freedoms we are privy to as Americans. As Americans with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association illustrates that we have other rights that it is also important to review and recognize from time to time, just in case some diabetes advocacy is needed, either for ourselves or for our loved ones.

International Day of Peace
September 21

On this day of International Peacewhat better to do than to make peace with one's own diabetes? And, while you're at it, to help others around the globe to do so as well. offers an interesting and comprehensive diabetes P-E-A-C-E chart, originally shared in  Singapore! Plus read about a Peace Corps volunteer who had to be strong enough to help other countries grapple and make peace with HER diabetes in order to be willing to host her as a Peace Corps volunteer.

JDRF One Walk 
September 25

At the Portland International Speedway, once again its time to gather and race with just one goal in mind: defeating diabetes! Let's do it!

Recipe of the Month: 
Greek Tuna Casserole
  • 1/3 cup dried whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 large red sweet pepper, stemmed, quartered, and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons snipped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
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i have lived most of my life (so far) believing that every person has a cause, a drive, a mission, something to fight for, something to change. everyone has motive for doing the things they do. i thought this was the truth of the human condition.

i think i lived believing this because my cause, my mission, my drive, -well it came along early, on it's own. i got 'the call' to action about three months after my diagnosis and i'm lucky to have seen it so clearly. it is like i had one of those snow plow trucks in front of me, shoving things to the side so i can get through.

now, to be clear, i don't feel lucky because i WAS diagnosed, but because of my reaction to it. i feel lucky for the way i was taught to react to felt injustices- and in my 11 year old mind, diabetes wasn't a disease, it was an injustice. diabetes was this weird thing that made my life difficult, and 'special'. 'special' as in needs extra attention, not special as in unique.

i got special treatment at school, during soccer games, at basketball practice, during lunch and PE. and socially, i felt misunderstood. i felt misunderstood because i didn't even understand what happened to me, how could anyone else? i started being very careful about who i spent time with. i steered clear of belittle-ers and openly ignorant teens with dramatic tendencies. (although i was, admittedly, one of them) upon diagnosis, i got angry, but my anger turned into intense introspection and later, fuel for change. at first, i tried changing my wardrobe to match, or rather- to showcase, my anger. my outlet for the anger was channeled through my appearance. i guess i felt like if i wore clothes that showed i was 'dark' and thus 'deep' then i wouldn't have to verbally express it.

it really took me until high school to start understanding what diabetes was and how it was going to be around forever. my sophomore year, i started exercising my self-proclaimed 'intrinsic leadership skills.' i ran for school president and was elected.

i felt powerful for the first time since my diagnosis. and don't tell, but i walked around like i owned that school. it was the first year it opened and they only opened it to freshman and sophomores, so i was the upper-most-classmen around.

i was working with a group of students to create a legacy. i can't say if we were successful or not, but at the time, we were burning our names in the grass. my desire to make change developed from the feeling of 'doing good' for my school. at 15, i KNEW that i was going to 'do something.' i had this friction in me, this potential energy, stirring, and building.

throughout highschool and college, i was fortunate enough to meet some individuals that pushed me to create movement in my 'self' and my environment, to critically analyze what was happening around me and how i reacted to and felt about it . i might have gone through this process independent of them, but i also might not have.

they were enablers, constructors, happiness ambasadors, GROWERS. everyone knows someone who makes them feel good. every time you are around that person, you feel happy. they build you up and let you help them grow. together, you bring to life a relationship that is mutually beneficial. like water and the sun. you need both to feed and grow a plant. i'd be fibbing if i said 'i was around a few of those kinds of people'. my family and most of my friends were/are growers. i'm a lucky bug.

Where Are They Now
Jake Roselli
1. How many years did you attend camp and what was the last year that you attended? 
I attended camp for 7 years.  The last year I attended as a camper was 2010, I served as a dietary aide the summer of 2011.
2. What is your favorite camp memory? 
My favorite camp memory is all the lasting friendships I've made.  We always make an effort to connect when we are on the road in each others cities.  It's quite fun explaining that I've made wonderful friends all across the country after spending just a few weeks together in the woods of Vernonia!
3. Did you learn anything at camp to improve your diabetes care?  
Camp was a great way to connect with fellow diabetics my age.  Growing up I was able to talk with my camp friends and see what similar things they were going through with their diabetes care.  Because of camp I made the decision to get on the pump and have loved it ever since.  I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the famous Chris quote of "test don't guess". 
4. Do you stay in contact with anyone you met while attending camp?
Yes.  When I moved to Seattle last summer one of the first people I reached out to was Spencer Tollefson who lived up here.  Earlier this spring Garret Jensen and Eric Martin came to Seattle and we showed them around the city.  It's been the spontaneous get-togethers that always remind me of what a powerful experience going to camp was.  It's great knowing that depending on the city I go to around the country chances are there is someone I met through camp is there.
5. Do you have any advice for present or future campers? 
The biggest piece of advice I would give to campers is to cherish the opportunity and experience.  There are SO MANY amazing people involved with camp and the foundation- coaches, counselors, campers, doctors, ect.- that are there to help you.  Make friends and stay in touch with them!
*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...
I graduated from Oregon State in 2015 with a degree in Finance.  After graduation I moved to Seattle to begin my career with a commercial real estate developer.
Chris Dudley Head shot PT
Enjoy the end of Summer! 

Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation