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Episode 125: Teddy Talks, with Vanessa Messenger

January 4, 2022

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Vanessa Messenger, product lead at Google and children's book author, shares about Teddy Talks: A Paws-itive Story about Type 1 Diabetes!

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Teddy the T1 Dog, the star of Teddy Talks, is Vanessa's dog in real life...but real-life Teddy doesn't have T1D. Vanessa came up with Teddy Talks as a way to introduce type 1 diabetes to children in an accessible, easy-to-understand way.

Meet Vanessa Messenger

Vanessa Messenger, product lead at Google and children's book author, joins us to share Teddy Talks: A Paws-itive Story about Type 1 Diabetes!

Vanessa Messenger is a Mom, a Product Lead at Google, and since she’s been a Type 1 Diabetic since 2010…she’s also a full-time pancreas! With her background in Psychology and Broadcast Communications, she’s always been impassioned by creating a connection with people through Storytelling. 

After receiving so much support and encouragement from the deep rooted community of “diabuddies,” she was determined to help create that same sense of belonging and connection for T1D kids through Teddy Talks.

Connect with Vanessa on Instagram @teddythet1dog or on her website, Messenger Publishing Books.

Wins & Fails

Jessie's Win: She got 100% on her math homework for a solid week! She's finally getting the hang of things.

Colleen's Win: I always am happy when a new sensor session starts with in-range blood sugars, and that happened today, even with a set change. So it was nice to have everything align at once.

Hack or Tip of the Week

Plan out your projects, including everything needed to get them done. Jessie likes marking them off by the due date. Even though it turns into a pretty big list, for her it goes fast.

Vanessa Messenger, product lead at Google and children's book author, joins us to share Teddy Talks: A Paws-itive Story about Type 1 Diabetes!

Question for You!

Have you ever seen a children’s book about Type 1 Diabetes? If not, definitely check out Vanessa’s book! (affiliate link)

Links & Resources

Credits

Our music is by Joseph McDade. Check out his website here!

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Colleen


Life coach, author, engineer, and host of the podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes. I teach T1Ds how to feel better without changing how they manage it.

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