Podcast Episode 062: A 3 Year Diaversary Discussion – My Niece Carmel

Apr 4, 2017

My niece Carmel

“Diabetes doesn’t just affect me – it affects my whole family. When I was diagnosed, everyone was diagnosed. It’s a multiple person battle.”- Carmel  

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My niece Carmel

When my niece Carmel was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes three years ago at the age of 14, I felt sad and helpless. As a diabetes educator, I wanted to support her and her family but I didn’t know how. I finally realized that the best way to do that was to continue to see Carmel for who she is – a sweet person whom I love very much – and know that diabetes is just one small part of her. However, diabetes is a huge part of Carmel’s day to day life, and her family’s life, too! I sat down and talked with Carmel and her mom Gina to find out more about their diabetes journey to share with you as part of my Do MORE with Diabetes series.

#LiveBeyond Instagram Campaign

Carmel shows me her Pebble Watch

Carmel’s new insulin pump

Carmel with her parents
















Having fun with band friends









Carmel and Gina with their dog Honey

Goofing off with Aunt Melissa in 2004 (5 years old)

Chilling with Roscoe in 2006 (7 years old)






















Here are the resources we mentioned on the show: 

  1. Beyond Type 1 website
  2. #LiveBeyond campaign
  3. CalorieKing website
  4. Information about Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  5. Pebble Watch
  6. Information about Carbohydrate Counting
  7. Information about Insulin Pumps



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Produced by Team Podcast

Music by Dave Birk



  1. Marsha on April 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    This should be very helpful for any newly diagnosed type one diabetics as well as anyone who has diabetes. You covered so many aspects of the disease that people may not have considered. Well done Melissa, Carmel, and Gina.

    • admin on April 5, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you, Marsha! I truly hope it will help and am so grateful for Carmel and Gina sharing their story.

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