Photographer Ryan Griffin joins us to talk about how to an insulin pump as a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic. Diagnosed in November 2020, it took Ryan less than 6 months to get on the Tandem insulin pump. If you’re looking at getting a pump, this episode is for you.

I honestly don’t remember how to get an insulin pump since I got my first one in 2002, and upgraded to the Tandem in 2017. The upgrade experience was straightforward, but going from zero pump to having a pump is a different process.

Meet Ryan Griffin

Ryan Griffin, BFA, is a photographer based out of New Market, Virginia. His expertise is in architectural and fine art photography and he is also highly skilled in color, design, and photo editing. During his senior year of college, Ryan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was after this life-altering experience that he began raising public awareness by becoming a diabetes activist. 

Wins & Fails

Jessie’s Win: Jessie’s been going to the gym every day! She’s hoping to keep up these habits over the summer.

Colleen’s Fail: My sensor, in its normal spot on my upper arm, has not been accurate and has given me a lot of compression lows. #techfails

Tip of the Week

Wear sunscreen every single day. It can help prevent skin cancer and wrinkles later in life.

Now It's Your Turn...

What was the process like for you when you got a pump? Are you looking at getting one soon, and just doing research on what to expect?

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