Off the Dial

Events

By now you know I’m no longer on the radio (click to read more).

Here’s a look at where I’m going and where I’ve been.

(Happy to consider speaking at or attending your event. Reach out to stacey@staceysimms.com)

June 17

Lake Norman Chamber Chicks with Sticks golf tournamnet

July 10th

Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conference

July 19th

JDRF Rowan-Iredell-Cabarrus Walk Awards Ceremony

 

Recaps:

May:

Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year. Great fun to see Jim Szoke (we MC’d this event together).  They raised more than $200,00 for LLS.

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April:

All the JDRF Charlotte area walks!! We participated in two out of three. I MC’d the Rowan-Iredell-Cabarrus walk and we had our family team in the Charlotte event. It was an honor to be the Family Walk Chair this year.

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March:

St.Mark’s JDRF Kids Walk – This is the top school for JDRF fundraising in the country! You can read more about their amazing efforts here. I love this event – the Charlotte mascots come out and the whole school rallies behind supporting their friends with type 1.

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Leukemia/Lymphoma Man & Woman of the Year Kickoff. Ten candidates begin their ten week competition to raise the most money and win the title. I also met the Boy & Girl of the Year. Kyle Newlin & Dominick Moye have faced down and defeated Leukemia. This is Dominick and his mother, Tracy:

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February:

Go Red For Women American Heart Association breakfast. I was the guest of Theresa Payton, who spoke about her daughter’s successful battle with a heart problem when she was just a toddler.

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I gave the keynote at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Women’s Conference.  Great to meet so many movers and shakers, like Cindy from Green Jeans Consignment.

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JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Kickoff Lunches: Three area walks, so three different lunches to get the teams fired up. I’m the Family Walk Chair this year. It’s great to meet the families and see how creative some of these teams are in raising money and support.

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January:

Spoke to walk teams at the JDRF Family Fun Day with the Charlotte Checkers.


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Spare A Rose

Spare_A_Rose_2I spent an evening this week helping Benny write out his Valentine cards. Star Wars and Avengers, thank you very much. Yes, it matters who gets Iron Man or Yoda.

While I love that second graders around here still exchange cards, I’m not crazy about the fact that my 8-year-old with type 1 diabetes will also come home today with lots of candy. But he uses an insulin pump, we’ve had lots of education and we’re careful.

We’re also extremely lucky.

There’s a wonderful effort this Valentine’s day to help people with diabetes who aren’t as fortunate.  The diabetes community is helping the Life For A Child program. It’s sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation which helps established diabetes centers care for children. These are kids that need everything: meters, strips, insulin, syringes, education for their families. Living with type 1 diabetes is difficult enough with good medical care. I can’t even imagine how tough it is without the basic supplies.

They are (and now I am) asking you to think about this in the simple terms of a dozen roses you might buy this Valentine’s Day. Maybe save just one rose to spare the life of a child.  Called “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” it’s pretty simple: buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and share the value of that flower with a child with diabetes in the developing world.

You can find out more about this at Sixuntilme. That’s where Kerri Sparling writes, “it shows that the diabetes online community takes care of one another, both online and off.”

We do.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

The Backup Plan

My husband likes to say the backup plan is more important than the actual plan. That came in handy when he was a TV newscast  director and we’ve found it to be true for diabetes in action!

This weekend we took the kids snow tubing. Slade and I grew up in New York, but our children are snow-deprived. The Charlotte area gets maybe 1-2 inches a year and rarely all at once. We’re more likely to get ice or slushy yuck. Once every couple of years, we get 3-4 inches all at once and the kids go bananas.

Saturday, we bundled everyone up and headed off to the mountains. I packed two changes of clothes and extra socks and shoes for everyone. We don’t have actual winter clothes (no ski jackets or pants) and I assumed there’d be a lot of slush and wet and general yuck. I also threw in our diabetes bag.

Benny carries his meter and a juice box wherever he goes. For the last few years, he’s used a leather pouch. It’s really a golf tee/supply bag, but it’s a great fit and Benny doesn’t feel like he’s carrying a purse!  When we take a day trip or we’ll be out for a while, I throw a bigger diabetes bag in the car. This one can hold our pump supplies, extra strips, insulin, needles, etc.   In the summer, I put the insulin vial in a Frio. Somehow, it all fits.

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A day outside in the mountains means stopping on the road for a big breakfast. Our kids love the Waffle House and I’ve resigned myself to eating there (I try not to watch the grease on the grill). After something smothered & covered, Slade and Benny figured out the carbs and Benny started to bolus. They both looked up at me with that “something’s wrong” look. “The pump says there’s only one unit left,” Slade said.

What? How is that possible? Why didn’t the pump alarm go off? Oh wait….

That’s when I remembered Benny waking up at 1am, stumbling into my room muttering, “My pump’s making noise.” The reminder alarm was going off, indicating the pump only had 10 units of insulin left. I confirmed the alarm (which turns it off) and told him we’d change the cartridge in the morning.  Of course, in the morning all I remembered was that I was pretty tired for some reason.

We paid the bill and walked to the car. I had the diabetes bag, so I knew we should be all set. But while I was reassuring Benny and Lea everything would be fine, I was trying to remember if I’d double checked the bag and if I could even remember the last time I’d reloaded everything. We were at least an hour from home and, I have to admit, I was nervous. But, it was all there.  One quick cartridge change in the car, giant breakfast bolus and on our way to tubing (which reminds me, I really should put some extra pump tubing in the bag).

I love it when a backup plan comes together.