Jessie and I are so glad you’re here! This is Type 1 is a podcast by diabetics, for diabetics, and for their families, friends, and people who just want to learn more about what it’s like for us to live day-to-day with an incurable disease that we can’t turn off. Episode 1 is our intro for you!

In this intro episode, we discuss what we intend to talk about, how it relates to Inspired Forward, and why we think that diabetes education—especially about Type 1—is so important. Even among the diabetic community, we lament about how many “regular” people confuse Type 1 with Type 2, or know nothing at all about this disease that’s exponentially growing, but often our fellow T1Ds are in the dark about things Jessie and I have learned at Panther Camp and from each other.

This is an educational movement to empower those with Type 1 and their friends and families to take extreme ownership over their diabetic lives and remember that we control our diabetes—it doesn’t have to control us.

Thanks for listening!

Wins & Fails

Jessie’s Win: making sure she had enough insulin before sleeping overnight away from home.

Colleen’s Win: disagreeing with sensor data and avoiding an unnecessary high blood sugar.

Jessie’s Fail: forgetting her blood sugar meter kit when visiting her BF at his new job.

Colleen’s Fail: accidentally forgetting to put her pump back on before church.

Hack of the Week

If your infusion site looks okay to stay on for another day after changing your site, leave it there in case the new one rips off or the cannula kinks going in.


Now it’s Your Turn…

What’s your relationship with diabetes?

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Ep. 1: Welcome to This is Type 1!

This is Type 1: Real-Life Type 1 Diabetes
Ep. 1: Welcome to This is Type 1!

Apple podcastsPodscribe1.00X-11:50Colleen 00:00:05

Welcome to This is Type 1: Real life type one diabetes with your hosts, Colleen and Jesse. I’m Colleen Mitchell and I’ve had type one diabetes for 23 years. By day, I’m a process analyst in the power industry and by night I’m an author, blogger, and virtual assistant. I’m passionate about type one diabetes education and showing others that this disease doesn’t define me.

Jessie 00:00:23

I’m Jesse Tuggey. I’ve had type one for seven years. I love hiking and painting and I’m looking forward to working as an engineer after college. My diagnosis has inspired me to take control of my future and learn everything I can about it.

Colleen 00:00:36

Each week on the show we’ll talk about real life with type one diabetes. Bring on cool people with connections to type one and above all encourage you to understand that this disease doesn’t have to hold you back. This isn’t medical advice. This is life with type one. Post production Colleen here with a brief interruption. I want it to cover a few things we forgot to mention when we recorded this. We’re still learning the ins and outs of podcasting together, so please bear with us as we undertake this new and exciting adventure. I wanted to explain how this podcast ties in with my blog, Inspired Forward. A quick overview for those who aren’t aware, Inspired Forward is my blog and business website where I write about mental health, self-development, lifestyle, and type one diabetes. Unsurprisingly, it’s that last topic that connects the blog and the podcast together.

Colleen 00:01:17

If learning about mental health, self-improvement, and my take on lifestyle sound interesting to you, please head over to to take a look around and sign up for regular emails. Even though I only have a handful of blog posts about type one diabetes up at the moment, I enjoy talking about diabetes much more than practically anything else. A lot of my personal growth and self-development comes from lessons I learned dealing with diabetes and the effects it has on my life. Mental health in particular is inextricably linked to dealing with type one and there are a lot of lifestyle choices that it influences as well. I’ve never understood why some people want to hide their diabetes as if it’s something to be ashamed of. Chances are if you know me in real life, you know I have diabetes. It’s not something I’m quiet about because it’s such a huge part of my life and the lives of my family and friends.

Colleen 00:02:02

It made sense to undertake this venture and promote education and what it looks like day to day for those of us living with an incurable disease. And now back to the episode. So hello everyone. Welcome to episode one. I’m actually so excited to be starting this podcast with my pseudo daughter, Jessie. We just want to give a quick overview of who we are, what we’re doing. You know all that jazz. We’re both diabetics. I’ve had diabetes for 23 years, Jessie’s had it for seven so combined we have over 30 years of experience dealing with this thing.

Jessie 00:02:33

We’ve both live in with it. We’ve got a lot of knowledge and experience. Colleen more than I do ’cause she’s had it for longer and.

Colleen 00:02:40

So I’ve had 20—23 years of experience with this. Um, 30 plus combined experience with type one diabetes and I’ve always been passionate about talking about diabetes.I seize the opportunity to talk about it whenever I can. I have on my cubicle at work, I actually have the words written, “I have type one diabetes” on my whiteboard and it prompts discussions when coworkers walk past. I kinda came up with the idea of this podcast because not many people really seem to know about type one diabetes. There’s a lot of questions about it. There’s a lot of misconceptions about it. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misconceptions in the medical world. We both go to a diabetes camp every year and the nutritionists in particular I think are influencing the next generation of type one diabetics in a way that’s not that great because I’ve learned from my own experience with food that food is really a driver for good blood sugars for type one diabetics.

Colleen 00:03:28

So what I see for this podcast is it’s real life and why not talk about it as type one diabetics?What do you think, Jessie?

Jessie 00:03:36

I agree with you completely. I think that it’s important that we do talk about this stuff and I believe that there’s a lot of misconceptions about being diabetic and you know, living with diabetes to where it’s very extorted nowadays and I think it’s good to be part of an educational movement to make sure people actually know what they’re talking about rather than just assuming some stuff.

Colleen 00:03:57

And not just for non-diabetics. This happens a lot with like type one diabetics. So remember when we came over for dinner and I mentioned that there is no essential carbs and that just kind of blew your mind, which was interesting to me that I keep learning about diabetes every day and I’ve had it for 23 years. So there’s always something new to learn.

Jessie 00:04:16

Right. And I was always taught that diabetes you had to eat carbs no matter what. Like you can’t just eat a salad with bacon in it. Like you had to have a bread or like a starch with it to where you had to eat a carb every meal.

Colleen 00:04:31

I think this podcast is really aimed toward younger type one diabetics. I think from teens to early twenties, mid twenties or if you’re a diabetic and you have no idea what’s going on in your life, if you have questions, we want to try to answer those. And it’s for families of type one diabetics, people who have this in their lives. But it’s not, theirs exactly, I mean it’s for people who want to learn more and want something accessible, something that it shows what it looks like to have type one diabetes in the real world.

Jessie 00:05:01

Yeah. And it’s definitely for people who want to learn more to like, not even just family or just other diabetics. Like for friends too. This is really important. And like people who just want to learn more.

Colleen 00:05:13

Yeah. Education itself is important. And I don’t think many people are taking this initiative to educate people about type one diabetes.

Jessie 00:05:20


Colleen 00:05:20

So kind of as part of this podcast, we have a few segments planned and we’re going to jump in with, um, our first segment, which is a win of the week. And Jesse, you have a win of the week.

Jessie 00:05:30

Yeah. So my diabetic win of the week was that I was looking ahead for when my site needs to be changed out. So like coming over to your house and spending the night, I realized I only had like 20 units left this mid-afternoon. I was like, hold up, I gotta change this out just in case, you know, being prepared is huge with diabetes.

Colleen 00:05:48

So my win of the week, I actually disagreed with my sensor data a couple mornings ago when I woke up, it’s my Dexcom G6 told me that my number was 44 and going down and I didn’t feel like I was actually 44 and going down. So I tested my blood sugar and my meter said I was 95 but I’ve thought maybe I had had some dust from the Smarties I in the middle of the night and it was a little, maybe a little artificially high. And so I tested again after cleaning my finger and I was actually like 71 so I still wasn’t as low as my, my Dexcom said I was, but I was still lower than I should have been. But I’m really glad I didn’t agree with my sensor data because if I’d had like three rolls of Smarties then I would’ve gone high instead of just peaking at like 150 and coming back down.

Jessie 00:06:31

Right. And then also as another part, since we have our wins, we also have to have our, you know, our ups and downs with diabetes. So we also have a segment called our diabetes fails of the week, which, you know, they happen, you can’t really avoid some stuff that happened. Like you forget something or oh I didn’t change out my sensor, or oh, I didn’t plan for this or whatever. So we have a segment for diabetic fails of the week.

Colleen 00:06:56

So my fail of the week, actually it was a couple of weeks ago, right after a Panther Camp, which is, our summer camp for type one diabetics. It’s exhausting. It’s—it’s a week long. But it’s so much fun and I have a time of my life, but it also throws me off my routines. And so when I shower, I take my pump off and shove it underneath the pillow so that it can charge and not make noise and wake my husband up. And then I forgot to lay my clothes out on the bed, which I usually do. So after I got out of the shower, I got dressed and we went to church and I completely forgot my pump. It was just sitting there chilling underneath my pillow. The cat might’ve played with my tubing a little bit, but you know, and I realize this towards the end of the service when I was just kind of thinking maybe I should check my pump, um, and realized it wasn’t on me.

Colleen 00:07:38

My Dexcom G6 will still transmit my blood sugar to my phone. So I knew what my blood sugar was and that wasn’t a problem. The problem was that I didn’t have any insulin going in, but since I eat a low carb diet, my blood sugars had been pretty flat and steady all morning and they were just, just starting to creep up. And so that was the point where I was like, okay, we need to go home, we have to skip rock climbing. And right at the end of the service we just left and drove home and I plugged my pump in and bolused for the missed basal.

Jessie 00:08:05

Yup it happens.

Colleen 00:08:06

It was the first time I’ve forgotten my pump like that. So definitely lessons learned, have routines in place and try not to deviate from them because you might end up leaving your pump somewhere you don’t want to leave it.

Jessie 00:08:16

Yeah, I have a diabetic failed this week. Very similar to that actually to where my boyfriend just got a new job and so I was like, well we should go visit him. Like we should go say hi. You know, really fast. And so we got there and I realized I had to calibrate my sensor to my pump and I was looking for my kit and I couldn’t find it and I realized I had left it at home. So I was fine because I knew where I was at before I left and I knew whereabout my blood sugar was. And it was only like a five minute car ride from my house. So I wasn’t too concerned. But you know, I still left my meter at home and on the car ride home I got looks from both my mom who is just like, you can’t do this.

Jessie 00:09:02

And my boyfriend too was also like, Jessica, don’t do this. We worry about you. So.

Colleen 00:09:08

Pro tip, never leave your kit at home.

Jessie 00:09:11

Don’t do that.

Colleen 00:09:13

Yeah, it’s a, it’s always a good idea to have um, a meter kit, uh, extra insulin, syringes, extra supplies in whatever bag you’re taking with you. Even if you switch bags, it’s a good idea to move everything over or have multiple sets. So Jesse, you have a diabetes hack for us.

Jessie 00:09:29

Yes, I do. So what I do is, since I have the Medtronic pump, I have—sites are really easily changeable and they’re easy to switch from like an old site to a new site. And so my hack is, is that if you’re changing out your site, leave your old site on for a couple of days. If it looks okay to stay on, if it looks like it’s gonna be okay for another extra day while you have your new site in and make sure it’s working and you know it’s really good to have like that extra backup just in case like one rips off or you know, one doesn’t work, then you have that spare.

Colleen 00:10:07

And that’s a, that’s a good idea. Especially if you have that Medtronic pump. Uh, I have the tandem t:Slim pump and um, with that one, once I get to the last day of the site, which is about day three, uh, the site itself becomes less effective. And so I can’t do that with the t:Slim pumps unfortunately. But with Medtronic I could work that reservoir down to zero and that site was still good for another day or two after the three days were up.

Jessie 00:10:29


Colleen 00:10:30

So that’s actually it for this episode of This is Type One. You can find the show notes at and if you have an idea for an upcoming episode, please leave us a comment there. I’m on social media as @inspiredforward, and our email is co*****@in*************.com

Jessie 00:10:51

And I am on Instagram @JJ_crystalkat.

Colleen 00:10:58

Thank you so much for listening to This is Type One. Please leave us a review on iTunes since that helps other people find us, and if you’d like to, please share us with your friends.

Jessie 00:11:06

Yeah. And be sure to listen to our next episode where we will be talking about both of our diabetic stories. And also we have a question of like our episode question this week would be, what’s your relationship to diabetes? Are you diabetic yourself? Do you know someone with diabetes? Are you related? Yeah, stay tuned for that.

Colleen 00:11:28

Yeah. Thank you.

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