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Charming Interview : T Y P. 1 Apparel

SO excited for today’s post. We’ve got Erin & Page, founders of T Y P. 1 Apparel here to talk about their new online apparel shop, which officially launches tomorrow, Fri, June 26. Keep reading to discover more about their business and what they’re all about !

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Thanks for joining Charming Diabetes for a Q&A! Please tell us a little more about yourselves, and your Type 1 Diabetes connection:
(if that connection is you, feel free to give us all the juicy details–how long have you had it? pump or injections? favorite way to treat a low?)
Erin: Hello, my name is Erin! I am 21 years old and currently studying nutrition in college. I have been type one diabetic for over 6 years. I was first diagnosed with diabetes in 2009 at the age of 14. I was on daily injections for about a year until I got the pump! Which is a GAME CHANGER. It gave me so much more freedom in everyday life! So in my kitchen I keep a stash of cereal and it is my absolute favorite way to treat a low!

Paige: Hey! My name is Paige and I am a Sports Massage Therapist. I am 22 years old. I love travelling, food, and family time! I met Erin in 2013. She has been my lovely girlfriend now for a little over 2 years. I moved to from New Jersey to Boston about a year and a half ago to be with her. It has been amazing! My connection to Type 1 is Erin. I see her deal with being Diabetic every single day and it is the bravest thing anyone can do. She doesn’t complain or wish she wasn’t Diabetic. She just lives life to the fullest and that is amazing to me.

Why did you start T Y P. 1 Apparel, and what do you hope to achieve?
We started T Y P. 1 Apparel because we want to bring hope and inspiration to Type 1 Diabetics. We want to start a movement for this disease, to get people to be active and live a healthy lifestyle. Erin runs a diabetic Instagram called @dontpassthe_sugah where she gives very healthy food recipes, inspiration, tips, and more! We have always wanted to have a business that could benefit others in a way that would get them on the path to a healthier lifestyle, because that is what we believe in.

What has been the most exciting part of starting this business so far?
Paige: I think the most exciting part has been seeing our ideas really come to life. It is truly amazing to start with this idea in your head, and you put everything into it and it truly becomes real. It’s amazing to look at the final product and say to yourself “I created this”.

Any advice for budding entrepreneurs out there in the Diabetic community?
Paige: Anything is possible if you work your hardest for it. Don’t half-ass anything, really go for it!

Is there anything in particular that you’re looking forward to as far as the future of Diabetes is concerned?
Erin: I am looking forward to the day they say “oh, you have diabetes? We have an app for that, haha” but seriously, the clinical trials for the bionic pancreas seem to be going well so I can’t wait for that to get the stamp of approval. I must say being on social media and spreading awareness about our disease, I’ve seen a lot of positivity and I’ve also seen a lot of negativity. Some people don’t have hope that this disease will be cured one day or the feel so badly about the disease they actually hate it. I love my life. Sure, diabetes makes things a little more complicated I have to go to a million doctors and focus on every little thing I eat but I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I never got it. This disease has taught me a lot about myself and I will always have hope, as everyone should. In the last decade, science has improved so much and diabetes research has improved so much that there’s no way they won’t find a cure or a way to make life even easier in the next 10 years.

What’s the best way to connect with T Y P. 1 Apparel, and how can we get our hands on your products?

The best way to connect with T Y P. 1 Apparel is through our social media and website! We have an Instagram account @typ1_apparel where we post designs, pre-sales, info, and updates on production. We also have a link to our website http://www.typ1apparel.com where you can order your shirts and all future items! We’re having our grand opening on JUNE 26th! All shirts are 15% off! Come check us out and be part of the movement!

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Check out the T Y P. 1 website to get yours! (photo credit: TYP.1Apparel)

 

So there you go! And 15% off! You heard it here first 🙂 Go check out their instagram, and their site to get your shirt on order! A huge thanks to Erin and Page for taking the time to chat with me (virtually!).


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xo

sara

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INSIDE A DIABETIC’S BAG // surviving motherhood and diabetes with one small bag.

Confession: I’m a bag lady. I LOVE bags, purses, clutches, all of it. I’ve always been this way, but lemme tell ya, diabetes and motherhood have only made it worse. I cannot leave the house without a vast assortment of i don’t even know what. I would make a very good pack mule (Halloween Costume idea, anyone?). Today I’m sharing the guts of my very favorite little bag–the one that holds all my diabetes $hiz when I’m on the go! Which, btw, is always b/c I have TWO (count them, 1, 2) toddlers. Phew!

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Today I thought I’d share how I survive motherhood and diabetes all in one little bag. It’s full of everything I need for a diabetic or motherhood emergency! I can easily toss it inside my larger purse or diaper bag to keep all of my small necessities handy and separate from all the other junk I haul around when I’m on the go.

For me that means a glucose monitor, test strips, lancets, lancing device, a snack of some sort (because when the low blood sugar hits I don’t want to be digging through stuff, wondering where I put the juice), and of course lipgloss (priorities!)…the exact table of contents is always changing, but those are the basics. I call it a “Go Bag” which is silly I know, but when I can’t find it my husband knows we will not be GOING anywhere until i find it. I try to keep the bag stocked (with lancets. strips, etc) and ready to, ahem, GO because if not, well, I’m screwed and my day might fall apart 🙂 .

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#1,2,3,4: meter, lancing device, lancets, test strips—the bare minimum in any diabetic’s arsenal.

#5: my absolute fave for Low blood sugar on the go. fruit strips (some people call these fruit leather, but that title has always grossed me out a lithe) from my other absolute fave, TARGET!

#6,7 : A pen and paper. Yes. sometimes on the go I like to be able to write down my blood sugars. But also, that little bitty pad of paper can also save the day for my toddlers, who can use it to color if we find ourselves with an unexpected wait somewhere.

#8. lip gloss, obviously.

#9. phone. hello. (and you can grab that wallpaper right here!)

#10. An alcohol swab or two. Confession: I don’t actually use these when checking my blood sugar (It’s true. I’m a finger-licker. That sounds so wrong, but don’t judge). They’re more for the very likely event that we run into something gross and need to clean our hands or get a little scrape.

#11. Sunscreen stick. Such a necessity in Florida.

#12. Band-Aids. Because, toddlers. You’d be surprised how quickly a band-aid can stop a tantrum in it’s tracks.

#13. Crayons. Because, again, TODDLERS.

There ya go! All my must-haves for heading out into the world with DIABETES and TODDLERS!

Most important criteria for The Bag: Cuteness.

Personalization is key for me in tackling diabetes–hauling around all the diabetes gear isn’t the most fun, but at least a few fun accessories makes it a little easier.

I always use a bag that I LOVE–so whatever that means to you. If you can’t handle “cute” bags just sub in whatever adjective makes you smile. It’s all about getting as FAR away as possible from the blah black bags that come with the meter. It’s completely psychological with me–the little black pouch that holds the glucose monitor that comes straight from the manufacturer just doesn’t do it for me. And when I don’t like it, I’m less likely to grab it as I head out the door. So I set up my own little bag, that I love, and it helps me buy into the fact that I do in fact have diabetes and am going to have to suck it up and check my blood sugar in public sometimes. It’s the little things…

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Here are some other little bags I LOVE that are perfect for your diabetic survival kits, Go Bag, or whatever you wanna call it!

1. Canvas Cosmetic Bag by THURSDAY FRIDAY . I am obsessed with all their bags. I have an older one, but I’m eyeing some of the new ones here and here

2. Stella Gray Vegan Leather Bag // This is a great bag from a designer out of Chicago. Mine is the Crosby Quick Cosmetics Case and I LOVE it!

3. FEED bag (pictured) // mine was a gift but there’s a similar size here

If you really want a bag with little elastic bands to hold everything in place like a traditional meter case, you can find some on Etsy that are a little more embellished that the basic black that comes with the glucose meter.

And here are a couple of others I’m obsessed with:

photo cred: noonday collection

photo cred: noonday collection

Those (above) are from Noonday Collection.

And you can’t go wrong with Ted Baker anything

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photo cred: tedbaker.com

I really feel for younger kids, where fitting in seems to be of utmost importance so a bag with a glucose meter may not be their favorite accessory. If you’re trying to help a younger child with this, my best advice is to let them have some input into choosing a bag they love, and putting together their own “Go Bag”. Personalization can be great at younger ages too (even in High School I remember writing my name in colorful letters on some of the big bulky generic looking insulin bags to feel better about them). Don’t rule out the power of a cute monogram! And remember, what goes in the bag doesn’t have to be strictly diabetes related. A small charm, or toy, or treat, golden monkey, or even a photo or inspirational quote (depending on the child’s age–you wanna be age appropriate here) but any other little token that’s personal and reminds them it’s not all bad in that bag can make it that much better.

And if all else fails, get yourself a silver sharpie and go to town decorating that boring old black meter case!!

Do you use a traditional meter case or some other style of “Go Bag”? If you have a favorite small bag you love using for all your diabetes stuff on the go I’d love to hear about it!! Always in the market for a new bag over here 😉

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xo

Sara

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Diabetes Birthday (and 4 warning signs you probably shouldn’t ignore)

Ok, so everyone with Diabetes has one: a Diabetes Birthday. That fateful day when they were diagnosed. If you’ve got Type 1 and were diagnosed as a young child, you may not remember it.  If you’re old enough to remember it, it is definitely one of those Before-and-After Moments– A cataclysmic event in your life where there is before that moment, and after, and nothing on the after side is ever the same. I know, I know, a little melodramatic–but it kind of is that way. So since I’ve got a whole Diabetes Blog thing happening here, I thought I’d paint you a picture of my Diabetes Birthday…it’s always easy for me to remember since I was diagnosed on my 16th birthday. Seriously.

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THE SIGNS

Throw back to 1995 (yeah, can you smell the grunge movement and doc martens?). I was about to turn 16 and get my driver’s license but was a little concerned because my vision had been sooo bad lately (Blurry Vision, sign #1). But that didn’t matter. I was turning 16! And my pants seemed to be fitting more loosely. Was I losing weight? That’s awesome! (yeah, not when it’s related to diabetes. Sudden weight loss, sign #2). I was carting around drinks all the time because I was noticeably more thirsty (excessive thirst, sign #3). I was even waking up at night bc I was thirsty. Hmm, that’s strange. And then again because I had to pee (frequent urination, sign #4). My mom suspected something was wrong, but I knew she was just being overly cautious (complete denial, sign #5?) and nothing mattered anyway because did I mention–I was about to get my driver’s license!! FREEDOM!! (in my William Wallace voice).

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THE DAY

My 16th birthday was a busy day. Got to school late because I went to get my driver’s license. Omg! Omg! I passed with flying colors, blurry vision and all (miracle!). I can even remember the outfit I was wearing that day. It involved double denim and crushed velvet, and that’s all I will say (It was the 90’s, people).

I had a cake from Becker’s Bakery (if you’ve had one you know what a mouth watering prospect that is) waiting for me at home that I was pumped up about, but first I had a doctor’s appointment. I drove myself. Just a normal yearly well-check until they checked the pee cup and then BAM!

“you have diabetes”.

I’m sorry, what?

“Type 1 Diabetes”.

The words rang in my ears. I literally can’t remember many of the details after that. That’s what happens with those Before-and-After Moments; so many of those very first “after” details are fuzzy.

Just like that I was scheduled for outpatient training at the hospital the next day with a pediatric endocrinologist named Dr. Najaar, very kind woman and yet my mom never got her name right and always called her Dr. Jafar. As in, the villain from Disney’s Aladdin.

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Again, it was the 90’s, Aladdin was big. It is not lost on me that the first medical professional to treat my diabetes was (subconsciously?) vilified by my mom. Gotta love it.

THE AFTER

I vaguely remember a long drive down familiar streets. Not understanding. Wanting to cry.

And then home, to my birthday cake.

With my mom and a couple of close family friends who were there looking at me, and then at the cake, and then back at me, I just took a fork and dug in. I ate like 1/2 the cake by myself. I was not going to let anyone take this long standing tradition of birthday joy from me…

And then, yes, I was miserable. My blood sugar had presumably been high for a while (hence the blurry vision, weight loss, etc) so I must have been used to feeling kind of “meh”, but I do remember feeling particularly yucky after all the cake. But I was so afraid! So afraid that tomorrow they’d tell me I couldn’t ever have that again. I had to get my fill.

My relationship with Diabetes has kind of been like that ever since. A little bit fearful of the unknown consequences to come, and many, many episodes of loved ones looking at me, then the dessert in front of me, and then back at me as I dig in, defiantly.

There are so many other memories from that day that I’ll leave in the vault for now. I did gain some freedom with my license , but I also got dealt a big fat lifetime ball and chain with a diabetes diagnosis.  Isn’t it Ironic? There’s a bold-faced Alanis Morrisette reference just to make sure you remember the 90’s setting of this little tale. It’s stuck in your head now, isn’t it? It’s like raaaaiiin on your wedding day.  Sorry 🙂

Fear, Defiance, Loneliness, Misunderstanding, Feeling Judged, Feeling Guilty. It can be a monster, Diabetes. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog: to share what was working (and not working) for me as I try to live the life I want while dealing with all that this disease can hurl at you. But just as with any fear, facing it head on is often the best course of action. As I educate myself, and take control of my blood sugar, take responsibility for my food choices, and lay down my guilt, I find myself feeling less fearful, and more empowered.

And I’ve had my cake every birthday since.

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you can have your insulin and your cupcakes too

That’s how I was diagnosed. 1995 on my 16th birthday with a very 90’s soundtrack playing in the background. That means I’ve now had more “after diabetes” birthdays than “before diabetes” birthdays. And for that, I am grateful.

What about you? When is your Diabetes Birthday? Let me know in the comments. Or if you’d like to Share Your Story with me & the Charming Diabetes community you can do that here

If you’re looking for more facts and info on Type 1 diabetes and it’s signs and symptoms the American Diabetes Association is a great place to start. If you’re experiencing any of those warning signs and think you might be at risk, talk to your doctor or a medical professional.

Here’s hoping they find a cure, and until then, may there alway be enough insulin on board to cover your birthday cake.

xo

Sara

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GIVE THANKS

Happy November, everyone! This is a big month for me—there’s Thanksgiving, plus I’m a Scorpio so my b-day is this month, my husband’s birthday is this month (he’s not lucky enough to be a Scorpio though, he’s on the Sagittarius end of the month), this is the month I was diagnosed with Diabetes all those years ago, AND this is national Diabetes Awareness month. So much going on!!

Out of all of those, the biggest thing for me is probably Thanksgiving. I love to cook, I love the traditional thanksgiving meal, visiting family and getting ready for Christmas. It’s just a fun Holiday. And despite the fact that I have diabetes, I still usually manage to eat everything I want on Thanksgiving. More on that soon (Thanksgiving Menu planning is underway!), but I just wanted to take a sec and give you the november iPhone Download. Grab it here (below), or if you need a little technical help, see the download page with instructions.

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I know with all the food, the family gatherings, and diabetes awareness month, people may be talking more about it.  And you’re bound to run into people asking you what you can eat (eye roll, eye roll, sigh). Diabetes can feel like more of a burden this month with all the talk of food, and pie, and extra-carb-counting. But I try to remind myself that I’m the one in control here. This is my disease, I can decide what to eat and what to skip (no matter what anyone else says about it), and at the end of the day there are so many other diseases out there that people DON’T have that kind of control over.

I know there are ups and downs, but in an effort to stay positive I’d ask you to remember to be grateful for the little things. Whether it’s for your insulin pump, or for the small amount of carbs in turkey, or for the pie that you’re willing to get high blood sugar for.

Whatever it is, look for the good (even in Diabetes) and you’ll find it.

That’s what this download is all about. Enjoy!!

xo

Sara

PS… I own this image. I took this photo, and I created this graphic to be used as an iPhone wallpaper. It would be against US copyright law to copy it, pass it off as your own, try to sell it, or do anything with it other than use it on your own personal iPhone. Thanks!

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Diabetes from 6 am to 6:03

Here’s three minutes of my morning with Diabetes. And also a good explanation of why I don’t drink coffee, and why no one considers me a morning person.

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[While I check my Blood Sugar the wheels start turning]…

I need caffeine. We’re out of Diet Coke. They say Diet Coke is poison now, anyway. Coffee it is!

I can’t drink it black. Just. Can’t. Do. It. Milk, milk, where’s the milk. How much?  A 1/4 cup? that’s about 8 carbs. Sugar? why bother? wasting carbs. artificial sweetener? Oh do you want diabetes and cancer, too? Plus I don’t have any. I’ve heard Truvia’s good, I’ll have to check that out next time I’m at the store.

Ok so coffee with 1/4 cup of milk, 8 carbs. My blood sugar’s 116. 116? that’s kid of high for first thing in the morning. I wonder why? What was it last night? Oh I can’t remember. Did I write it down? 132. It was 132 last night. I wonder if I need to change an early morning Basal rate. I’ll have to check that later. OK so 8 carbs for coffee. I’m starving. I’ll have toast b/c I’m in a hurry. What bread do we have in the pantry? Oh the good stuff, but it has 29 carbs in one slice. Ok twist my arm I’ll eat the whole thing. And I should have some fruit. Bananas. Aren’t these like, the perfect food? I’ll eat half of that and save the rest for the girls’ cereal. That banana’s not huge. I’ll call it…11?  So 8 + 29 that’s 37, plus 11 that’s 48. Getting up there. No jelly on the toast today! Darn coffee. So 12 into 48…ok 10 would be 4.8 so let’s call it 3.8. Enter it into the insulin pump and…Pump says 4.0. So close! ok, 4.0 units.

Why do I have this disease if I am so bad at math? Way to throw down a challenge, God. I have a long way to go. What the, wait did I use 1/4 cup of milk? That’s not 8 carbs that’s only 3. Pssh.

Ugh. Brain, where are you when I need you? It’s too early. I need caffeine for this. Ok so 3 plus 29, was it? 32 plus 11 for the banana that’s only 43 carbs so I just took about half a unit too much. Which will mean low blood sugar before 10am if I’m not careful. 

Wait–is someone crying? Is that one of the girls crying? I’ve gottta go get her before she wakes up her sister. I better drink some of the coffee first, no way I’ll drink it all if it gets cold, which means I just took too much insulin. I really don’t like coffee.

Ok forget it. I’ll just chug this milk, eat the whole banana, and stop for a diet coke after I drop off the girls at school.  

Oh my gosh is the toast burning?! 

 

Can anyone out there relate to hectic carb counting mornings?! I’m really working on being more organized in the mornings so I don’t feel so scatterbrained. Coffee always throws me off! I want to be a coffee drinker. I want to be cool enough to enter a coffee shop and have a go-to drink that I love to order, but it just doesn’t work for me and my faulty pancreas.  I just can’t make myself drink it black, and any other way is just too complicated for me to bother with.

I’ve pretty much accepted that my morning diet soda is probably terrible for me, and I’m trying to kick the habit, but so far I’ve been unsuccessful in finding a carb-free replacement that gives me the caffeine I crave.  I also just read about a study showing that Diet Coke and artificial sweeteners can actually raise blood sugars, which I’ve never noticed.

What about you? What’s your A.M. beverage of choice? Have any of you ever experienced a rise in blood sugar after a diet soda? How do you bolus for coffee?! Leave me a comment and let me know!

xo
Sara