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Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 8 on July 10th, 2013, a Podder™ since August of 2013 (her current favorite Pod site is her arm), Jacqueline Lynch is a whip-smart, funny, determined, and kind young woman who lives her diabetes life out loud and proud.  

Living with Type 1 Diabetes makes for a complicated relationship within yourself. Yet it can find you emerging daily with a strength and resilience you did not know you had.

As a virtual Diabetes Health Coach and someone who’s had type 1 diabetes for almost 20 years, Lauren Bongiorno hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on her Instagram Stories answering several questions from her followers about

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It was a dream come true when in 2012 I switched from a tubed pump to the Omnipod® System. I had spent years having to remove my pump while competing in track and field competitions and I would end up leaving the competitions with my blood sugars in the 300s.

Imagine your blood sugar dropping to 40 mg/dL while performing onstage in front of 2,000 people. You cannot simply pop a few glucose tabs while singing and dancing without completely disrupting the professional performance and experience for your audience.

"I never really lived a life without diabetes," said Lauren Misiaszek. Only 11 months old at the time of her diagnosis, type 1 diabetes has always been part of Lauren's life.

"I never really had to adjust like others have to when they are diagnosed at an older age."

What if you were asked to illustrate in one word why you are who you are? Would you use a noun, an adjective or maybe even a verb? Is there one thing in your life without question, that has been an underlying reason for your personhood today?

Type 1 diabetes has been part of my life since 2004. It came crashing into my life from out of nowhere when I was 19 years old. As a professional snowboarder, that diagnosis did not come easy - especially at that age in my life.

Living with type 1 diabetes comes with a unique badge of life experience that most of those around you will never fully understand.

Summer is finally here, and although it may feel different, there is still so much to do outside! Here are some friendly reminders of how to keep your Pod and PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) running smoothly so you can enjoy yourself outdoors all summer long!

I love summer - Warm temps and longer days mean more time outdoors doing some of my absolutely favorite things.

For those of us who use insulin pumps, we need insulin delivery to be seamless. Interrupted delivery can mean a major change in blood sugar, and it often happens at times when we are not prepared.

Here at Podder Talk™ and in our diabetes social circles, we spend an enormous amount of time talking about blood sugar and diabetes management.

I had a plan. I planned to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and represent my country in just a few short months. Most everyone in the world had plans too, not just me.

We’ve all heard it before, that diabetes is caused by too many sweets. The sad but true stereotype that those with diabetes have trouble controlling their calorie intake. Let me cut to the chase… this is not true.

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