Diabetics Doing Ballet and Broadway with Katelyn Prominski Baud

Episode 085's guest is professional dancer and T1D, Katelyn Prominski Baud (@KatelynBaud on Instagram). Katelyn was diagnosed in 2011, but multiple signs suggest she was living with it much longer. When she was battling a case of swine flu, feet problems, sinus infections, weight loss, muscle weakness, and confusion, she did what dancers do… she danced. She endured countless complications over an extended period of time under circumstances that were far less than ideal for someone virtually living in DKA. At the time, she was a corps member with the Pennsylvania Ballet and wasn’t going to let anything stand in her way; even after diagnosis, she kept dancing. 

Katelyn doesn’t let diabetes get in the way and her story is one of a kind. Her vivacious commentary and story-telling is one to be enjoyed by all. We walk through her diagnosis and philosophy regarding life with T1D, and we also talk about her current pregnancy (FYI, she’s rocking it!!). Remember to give Katelyn some love on Instagram and feel free to reach out! Digging into untold stories like Katelyn's and connecting about how we're all more similar than we think is what Diabetics Doing Things is all about. 

Diabetics Doing First Conversations about T1D with Mariel Schofield

Occasionally, we have the pleasure of sharing the first truly public conversations about T1D with an individual, and Mariel Schofield (@doctor_mariel on Instagram) gave us the opportunity to share her story outwardly for the first time.

Now a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Mariel brings a myriad of experience and knowledge in the world of T1D. Diagnosed at age 5, her main memory of diagnosis is giving dolls shots of saline water to prepare her for the real thing. She was told that sports weren’t going to be easy, or perhaps even possible, but with the help of her loving father, she made it happen. 

Mariel played Division I Volleyball at the University of Miami, and we talk sports and what it’s like to be a high-level athlete with diabetes. Do you tell your coach and team? Do you try to hide it completely? It’s all a matter of situation and opinion, but no matter what, it’s going to be a personal decision. We discuss the ins-and-outs of managing blood sugars at this high level of conditioning without knowing the type of workout you’re walking into. 

Mental fortitude is a major theme in this episode. Learning how to control your body and center yourself improves your ability to maintain your blood sugars; from yoga to meditation, there are plenty of actions you can take to improve your mental strength. Connecting with others in the diabetic online community and talking with those like yourself can be an extremely rewarding experience, so take a listen and leave a comment!

Diabetics Doing March Madness and Pro Basketball with Austin Freeman

Professional basketball player, Austin Freeman (@_sugarfree5 on Instagram), is the Diabetics Doing Things guest of the day. You may know him from his time at Georgetown or even when he attended DeMatha Catholic High School, but today you get the inside scoop. Diagnosed his junior year of college, Austin and I go hard in the paint with our discussion on T1D.

During the most prominent part of the season, Austin found himself frequenting the bathroom, having no energy (despite IV fluids before practice and games), and staying clear-headed on the hardwood proved to be difficult. What was thought to be a stomach-virus became a full-blown case of type 1 diabetes. If you’re a T1D athlete, you may relate to Austin as he knows his coach keeps an extra close eye on him, “just in case,” and is constantly being asked about the diabetes.

Austin shares how T1D has impacted his life. As a professional basketball player, he travels to other countries, sometimes for years at a time. He discusses how he manages having multiple doctors and talks about how different doctors can require different sugar ranges, which isn’t easy. If you love basketball and/or traveling, have T1D, or just want to listen to the awesomeness that Austin Freeman is, take a listen!

Episode 082 - Diabetics Doing Diabetes Research Connection with David Winkler

Let’s give a round of applause for David Winkler, today’s guest on the Diabetics Doing Things podcast. David is well known for multiple achievements, but I’d like to highlight that he is the co-founder and board chair of Diabetes Research Connection (DRC). The DRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2012 with the goal of connecting donors with scientists who want to make a positive change with credible, peer-reviewed research in the world of type 1 diabetes.

David, diagnosed at age six, has been living with T1D for 58 years. As such, he is an expert when it comes to life with diabetes. From the days of injecting insulin derived from pigs to now knowing what his glucose levels are at all times, he has exceeded the expectations of the early doctors. David’s story is fascinating and provides hope to diabetics, new and old. At diagnosis, it was suggested he wouldn’t live past 30, so we can see how far the knowledge and technology has come. Unfortunately, it’s not perfect and there’s a lot of work to be done, which is why David and four others created the DRC.

David is an advocate of each individual understanding their diabetes and working to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. He preaches that every day is a test, so consciously paying attention to one’s blood sugar and eliminating variables is necessary in order to prevent complications in the future. If you’re a proponent of fact-based research, knowledge, and helping others, take a listen to today’s episode. 

Episode 081 - Diabetics Doing 58 Years with T1D with Key Payton

Key Payton, coming in at an amazing 58 years with Type 1, takes the hot seat on today’s episode of the Diabetics Doing Things podcast. This true T1D OG adds more years to our ever-growing years lived with diabetes than any other guest that has come before. Key and I met at Medtronic HQ in 2017 and I knew I had to share his story. Today’s the day, so tune in to catch our conversation on, you guessed it, life with Type 1 Diabetes.

Key and I take a trip down memory lane, discussing his diagnosis around 1959 in remote New Mexico. We discuss the knowledge of T1D back in the day (or lack thereof) and the tools that were available, such testing glucose levels with urine, the frightening glass syringes, and daunting needles as one’s only option. Of course, technology has advanced over the years and Key has been able to experience (and work on) some serious upgrades, such as his latest switch to the Medtronic 670G with auto mode.  

Key advocates voicing life with diabetes. He learned that if he didn’t talk about it, no one else would know about it. The more people that know about, the better we can cooperate in society. Do your friends know about T1D? If not, Key may inspire you to share a little bit about what makes up a big part of your life.

Episode 080 - Diabetics Doing ALL the Marathons with Ross Baker

Can you imagine running a 100-mile ultra marathon? What about 53 marathons? What about one marathon? Neither can I. But, for Ross Baker (@RossBaker24 on Instagram), it’s life. In fact, he’s ran 1,336 documented race miles over the past 17 years. Interested yet?

Ross was diagnosed in 1992 at the age of 19, making him a 27-year seasoned T1D veteran. Ross dives into his diagnosis story, sharing his experience having a T1D father and learning what life on this side of the needle is like after watching him for many years. He further tells us how juggling the suggestions of his father and doctor were difficult for him at times. For Ross, finding a balance that worked for him took some time; just because his doctor told him he couldn’t eat pizza, didn’t mean Ross stopped eating pizza. While he still enjoys the occasional slice of pie, he enjoys running much more. 

Ross has run a marathon in all 50 states! Yes, that is correct; all 50 states! Self-described as “nothing more than a weekend-athlete” at the time, Ross’ feat began after putting his name in the lottery for the New York Marathon and being selected. Since then, he hasn’t stopped. How does he do it? Why does he do it? What’s next? Ross righteously relays his inside scoop. 

If you’re a fan of running, endurance sports, and/or just want to listen to a golden-hearted T1D marathoner, take a listen to our conversation. 

Some say he’s still running to this day. #ShirtForRoss

Episode 079 - Diabetics Doing Extra Long Bike Rides with Hilary Andersen

On this episode of the Diabetics Doing Things Podcast, Hilary Andersen (@TheCheeseLouise on Instagram and CheeseLouise5 on Twitter) joins us to share her (extra long) bike riding stories as a T1D. Diagnosed in 1994 at age 9 and a “pumper” since 1998 (20 years!!!), Hilary and I dive into her diagnosis story and what it was like to have a pump and CGM so early in the game. If you’ve ever been interested in what life with T1 was like at the beginning of the technological shift, take a listen because she has plenty of experiences to share. 

Hilary once rode her bike from Austin, Texas to Terre Haute, Indiana / the Chicago area at the beginning of her biking career. She shares what life was like on the open road, delving into what keeping pump and other diabetic supplies (along with food, shelter, and riding equipment) was like. 

Hilary eventually traveled to Japan, where she learned how difficult managing life with an auto-immune disorder could be. From having to improvise her broken lancet device (because Japanese and American devices do no match) to discussing her basal rates before, during, and after a ride, Hilary is a book of knowledge when it comes to life with T1D. Further, we discuss the improvements that the diabetic community has experienced in terms of glucose monitoring and other technology, especially with her latest upgrade to Medtronic’s 670G. 

If you’re a diabetic go-getter looking to travel, take a listen to hear both of our experiences in the beautiful country of Japan and some of the problems you may run into, including purchasing non-alcoholic beer when you wanted the real thing. 

Episode 078 - Diabetics Doing Mixed Martial Arts 2 with Kevin Kellerman

Round 2 – Fight! Welcome back to the second part of our series on diabetes and MMA. Kevin Kellerman (@kevinkellermanmma on Instagram) joins the podcast this week to share with us his story as an MMA athlete. Before continuing the MMA-themed conversations involving cutting weight and managing blood sugars with so many variables, Kevin shares his diagnosis story (age three). If you want to check out part 1, give Anna Hyvarinen's episode a listen. 

Further, we discuss Kevin's goals as a fighter as well as a man. If you want to hear sincere commitment and energy, take a listen to Kevin talk about life. His dedication to discipline and mastery of self provides long-term benefits, rather than being pleased by instant gratification. The wisdom Kevin shares is applicable to everyone, but the T1D community will have plenty to soak in. By the end, you’ll hear another example of how little incremental goals can help dreams come true, so remember to stick with it and stay authentic above all else. 


Episode 077 - Diabetics Doing Ups, Downs and the Party Lifestyle

Kayla Naeini (@frenchiegang_ on Instagram) joins us on this episode of the Diabetic Doing Things podcast. If you’re in on the DOC, you’ve probably seen her shedding some knowledge on the ‘gram. Kayla opens up about being forced to give her first injection moments after being told she was the newest member of the T1D community. Without comfort or care from doctors, she took it upon herself to live beyond. 

From small town parties to life in Vegas to currently working in a laboratory as a pharmacy tech, Kayla opens up about some real life experiences that the community sometimes fail to discuss. Although partying is always a touchy subject, Kayla brings a breath of fresh air to the conversation regarding the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. This episode boils down to taking care of your body and surrounding yourself with others who support your efforts. If you ever need a friend or some conversation, reach out and Kayla will be glad to chat.

If you’re ready to get real with T1D, press play now!

Episode 076 - Diabetics Doing Ayurvedic Medicine with Andrea Arledge

RN for 15+ years. Educator in Mind Body Medicine. Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Yoga instructor. Reiki Master Teacher. Single mother at 18. Type 1. This is Andrea Arledge (@andreaarledge on Instagram).

Andrea and I delve deep into her diagnosis story, discussing how important the experience is and how it can impact you and your identity for years to come. She was 15 when the doctor gave her the news, telling her she would not live a “normal” life. Well, Andrea didn’t let hold her back, but getting there wasn’t an easy journey.

Overcoming fear becomes a prominent theme throughout this episode, and Andrea shares her knowledge and experience in doing so. From breathing exercises to journaling, the techniques we talk about can be used by anyone when wanting to summon courage and put out the flames and mental murkiness created by fear.

Positivity. Breathing. Talking. Mindfulness. Alkalinity. These are just a few topics that we cover. You’ll be left wanting more at the end of the episode!

In 2017, I began a daily meditation practice that became my most consistent practice of the year. It was something I never thought I'd do, as I had historically not been able to quiet my mind. Through the help of the guided medtitations in the Headspace app, I was able to develop a practice that would pay dividends for me during a year full of new stresses. Andrea and I also discuss a wealth of supplements, including Alpha Lypoic Acid, Chelated Magnesium and Berberine, that we both take on a regular basis. Message me on Instagram if you want to know more! 

Andrea's additional links are below! 




Episode 075 - Diabetics Doing Mixed Martial Arts with Anna Hyvarinen

Give it up for mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete, Anna Hyvarinen (@annahyvarinen on Instagram and Anna J Hyvarinen on Facebook). Anna joins the podcast this week to share her story as a combat athlete with T1D. 

Born in Helsinki and diagnosed in 1999 at age 11, Anna and I talk about it all, from her past fear of needles to how she manages her diabetes under extreme circumstances (intense exercise, cortisol spikes, cutting weight, high and low blood sugars) before we move on to talk about the mental aspects of her sport.

Anna focuses on having a clear mind and limiting outside interruptions, not only before a fight, but during her daily life; this allows her to create the perfect environment to perform her best and she’ll inspire you to do it too. If you’re interested in finding out how a MMA fighter conquers T1D in the ring, take a listen.

This is part 1 of a 2 part series on Diabetes and MMA. Stay tuned for the next episode featuring Kevin Kellerman. 

Episode 074 - Diabetics Doing Tattoos with Chris Clement

Let’s give a warm welcome to Chris Clement (@twitchybetes on Twitter and @diabeticink on Instagram). Chris is the creator of Diabetic Ink and a 20-year T1D veteran. In this episode of the Diabetics Doing Things podcast, Chris and I dive into his diagnosis story as he shares the details common to many, but still his own. He shares an emotional journey, but a beautiful story, nonetheless, talking about his appreciation for life and the impact of a family diagnosis.

Check out why Chris started Diabetic Ink and learn about the depth of his care for diabetes and tattoos, and how he combines the two to help others. He aims to remove the stigma of diabetics getting ink and provides direction and ideas for others to follow when considering related tattoos. Overall, he’s a source of inspiration to those who want to use their bodies to share a little bit about themselves.

This episode is part of #Dpodcastweek and highlights Diabetes Connections, a podcast that features prominent diabetes advocates, authors and speakers and includes personal stories of connection from people with diabetes and their friends and family. Founder, Stacey Simms has been working on the third annual Diabetes Podcast Week that kicked off on February 11. Stacey brings together multiple diabetic-community podcasters to support Spare a Rose, Save a Child... check it out in the link below: