A Note From the Pancreas Pals Gals

Emily

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PC: Cara DiFabio

Hi Pals,

Welcome to Pancreas Pals! This is truly an effort to connect young adults in the Type 1 diabetes (T1D) community. That includes those with T1D, friends, family members and concerned strangers (maybe idk) who want to learn more about the disease. Also, this is meant to be a fun thang. We’re surviving and (sometimes) thriving, and want to share our lols and trials and tribulations with those who want to listen.

A leeeetle about me: I was diagnosed with T1D in 2014, after a struggle and a half of a diagnosis. I had my third diaversary in (apparently people say that… like ok I can get on that trend) in May 2017. I attended Boston University (where I met Christie hayyyy) and graduated in May 2016. Miss Boston (almost) everyday.

Now I’m living my (occassional) best life in NYC as a Digital Editor for a bridal magazine. I spend my free time reaching out to fellow pals through JDRF and raising some fundsΒ alongside the JDRF YLC to help cure our pancreatically-chalenged selves. When I’m not running that ‘betes hustle, I can be found reading murder mysteries and trashy rom coms in one of NYC’s green spaces.

Drop me a line/slide into our DM’s if you have any suggestions, comments or questions regarding the ‘betes. Hope you enjoy our labor of love, from one Pancreas Pal to another and be sure to follow us on Instagram for a look at our ~journey~.

xx


Christie

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P-p-p-p-p-ancreas Pals!
Sorry, we’ve been talking about starting this podcast for over a year and I am just too excited that we are finally making it happen. When I met Emily last year, friendship fireworks went the heck off. When I need a second opinion about treating a blood sugar issue, sympathy for a crumby diabetic day or just a good rant session with someone who GETS IT, I turn to my Pancreas Pal. We want to expand this network.

My type 1 diagnosis was more traumatic for my mom than me, because the thing about DKA (Diabetic ketoacidosis) is it knocks you out, so you won’t remember most of the action. This all went down in July 2012, the summer before my senior year of high school. I would complain about the timing, but the truth is I had a whole year to learn about all this diabetes stuff…one more holla at my perfect mother who helped me embrace this new lifestyle on my own terms. Basically, Emily is my hero for handling her collegiate diagnosis like such a boss.

I’m currently headed back to school and will be taking a bit of a hiatus from the Pal-life, but not to worry – you can catch me on the interwebs!