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In this episode, Colleen takes on our first interview! You’ll hear about what it was like to be a sibling of a type one diabetic, and what it was like in her shoes growing up. There is an honest truth in what Karen Walker has to say, what she learned, and how she grew up alongside a patient with diabetes. Karen takes it both from a sister and a friend’s perspective. 

This episode deals with real-life expertise that starts with Colleen getting diagnosed and starting a life of (mis) adventure for Karen. Listeners finally get to understand the real weight of being diabetic, from the sibling’s perspective. It brings a new light to the family aspect of being diabetic. 

Wins & Fails

Colleen’s Win: She got her sensor to work for over 20 days! Pretty impressive when G6 sensor restarts are hit-or-miss!

Jessie’s Fail: Unfortunately, Jessie’s patch (infusion site) fell off in the middle of the night and she had to deal with the consequences of extended high blood sugars throughout the day. 

Hack of the Week

Keep your infusion set clean with a cap! Don’t know how? Well, if you have a Medtronic pump infusion set look into your Mio (or Quick Set) box! Those little caps keep your set clean and protect it from infection when in iffy water, like lakes, rivers, and oceans.

They also come with Tandem infusion sites and generally match the color of your insertion piece.

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Question for You!

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from knowing someone with type 1 diabetes?


Connect with Karen Walker on Instagram: @pnwrain


Our music is by Joseph McDade. Check out his website here! Our audio wizard is my husband, Tim. He runs his own food blog, Split Appetites.

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Life & mindset coach, writer, host of podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes, and full-time analyst in the power industry. I'm passionate about showing people that how we think determines our realities.

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