Episode 14: D-Mom Mila Ferrer

Mila Ferrer is the community manager for our Spanish-language community EsTuDiabetes.org. She blogs at Jaime, Mi Dulce Guerrero. And her son Jaime lives with type 1 diabetes. In this episode Corinna and Mike discuss how diabetes can become a challenge for families, and we play an interview from our archives with Mila Ferrer.

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Live interview with Pediatric Endocrinologist Shara Bialo

Shara Bialo is a board-certified pediatrician and is currently in her final year of Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship training at Brown University. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 9 years of age and has experienced her share of diabetes-related ups and downs. Ultimately, it helped shape her decision to pursue medicine and she now draws on her experience as both a patient and a physician to help others navigate life with diabetes.

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TuDiabetes Live Interview with the creators of Jerry the Bear

Aaron Horowitz — Chief Executive Officer

Aaron handles the hardware development, interaction design, IP strategy, business development and manufacturing relationships. He is also responsible for hiring key technical staff to build core competencies in mobile development. Aaron graduated from Northwestern University cum laude with a degree in mechatronics and user interaction design — a major he created to gain the technical know-how needed to execute Sproutel’s broad vision.

Hannah Chung — Chief Creative Officer

Hannah focuses on the overall design and user interaction of the product, medical content/curriculum, marketing, branding and customer relationships. Hannah was named one of Inc Magazine’s “Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech” in 2012. Previously, she has co-founded Design for America — a national student organization that helps student solve local social problems through design. Hannah holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University.

Jerry the Bear

Sproutel is the creator of interactive learning games for children with a chronic illness. Their first creation, Jerry the Bear, is a best friend for children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Jerry the Bear is not an ordinary teddy bear, but an interactive learning tool. Using the principles of game based learning and Empathetic Robotics, children care for Jerry by monitoring his blood glucose levels, “feeding” him a proper diet and “administering” insulin when needed through various sensors on his body. Since Jerry’s condition mirrors their own, learning from Jerry takes the fear out of the affliction, while also teaching the child how to manage their own condition.

Jerry the Bear comes pre-loaded with a game in which the objective is to help him train for the Olympics. This creates a fun goal that children can strive toward, entirely independent from the skills that they have to learn. Since users are reaching a goal, they are encouraged to learn from their mistakes so that they can succeed within the game. The game is further constructed to unfold like a story — creating engagement and immersion in the goal of helping Jerry win the Olympics.

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Live interview with Scott Benner, of Arden’s Day

Scott Benner is a stay-at-home father, a diabetes advocate, and a keen observer of the human condition. He has spent the last twelve years raising his two children at their family home in New Jersey.

Scott shares his triumphs and challenges in parenting a child with type 1 diabetes on ArdensDay.com, an inspirational blog for parents and caregivers of children with diabetes. His first book, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal, is a perfect blend of Scott’s passion for parenting, his knack for positivity in the face of adversity, and his exceptional skill at spinning a yarn.

Scott finds wisdom, love, and a deeper understanding of life by paying close attention to the pauses in between the moments that make up our lives. He enjoys those pauses—and the busy times that intervene—with his wife Kelly, son Cole, and daughter Arden.

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Conversation with D-parents Dayton and Sheri Coles

Dayton and Sheri’s daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1978, at the age of 3. No insulin pumps, no continuous glucose monitors, no home blood glucose monitors… Emily was treated with 1-2 daily injections, a strict diet, Ketostix and crossed fingers. Each Wednesday morning before school, Dayton took his daughter to the local lab for bloodwork, at that time the only way to assess blood glucose. Following this, they went to McDonald’s for pancakes and sausage. Rewards were important…
Come hear what it was like to raise a child with type 1 diabetes at this time, how Dayton and Sheri navigated the challenges of teaching her to care for herself as she grew, of allowing her to assume independence, of explaining to her non-diabetic siblings why she needed different attention than they did… AND how they cared for themselves through it all.

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TuDiabetes Live Interview with Moira McCarthy, author of Raising Teens with Diabetes

Moira McCarthy is an acclaimed writer, author, and public speaker who has shared her story—and lessons—on raising a child with type 1 diabetes in the media, through books and on her popular blog, www.despitediabetes.com. With over 15 years of experience raising a child with diabetes, McCarthy offers a frank, empowering perspective from a mother who has successfully weathered the teenage years and made it to the other side with a healthy, outstanding young adult.
McCarthy has appeared on CNN Live, Good Morning America, Fox News, and in The New York Times. She was recently recognized as the JDRF International Volunteer of
the Year. Her six books include the top-selling Everything Parents Guide to Juvenile Diabetes.

About Moira’s newest book, Raising Teens with Diabetes
Hormones. Growth spurts. Mood swings. All combined with blood sugars.
The teen years with diabetes on board are a challenging time for parents and anyone who cares about a child with diabetes. Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents, by well-known diabetes mom, author, and advocate Moira McCarthy, is a no-nonsense, honest approach at not just surviving but thriving in those years, from a mom who has been there. Raising Teens with Diabetes is a must-have resource for anyone navigating the waters of parenting a child with diabetes.

Also by Moira McCarthy
The Everything Parent’s Guide To Children With Juvenile Diabetes
The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Diabetes
The Everything Guide to Raising Adolescent Girls

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