The Diabetes Coach and Friends For Life 2015!


This has been a wonderful opportunity for type 1 diabetics! This conference is helping so many of those PWD living with T1! The sessions have been great and the people have been even better. Topics on Diabetes Research, Psychosocial issues, College, Adult T1, Legal and Advocacy, and Science all in one location! This diabetes coach is impressed!

I am thankful for Children with Diabetes and Walt Disney World for hosting such an amazing and supportive conference. My session on “Support Through Social Media” presented by both Kerri Sparling of Six Until Me, and Scott Johnson of, was both humorous and informative. The breakout on Taking Type 1 Overseas- Volunteering in Cambodia was insightful and invigorating simultaneously. Parenting Your Tween presented by Korey Hood, PhD, Adam Town, BSN, RN, and Ken Rodenheiser, BSN, RN, again confirmed that the reason I chose to be a diabetes coach still exists! The tough times are easier when you walk through it with someone that has been there! Technology changes and improves. Our emotions are still very similar to what we felt in the past and will feel in the future. Diabetes is tough. We can do this! We are not defined by our disease, although it is still a part of us! We Got This!

Stay tuned for more topics on newest research updates, life with a diabetic spouse, support for the T1 for the long haul, autoimmunity, the artificial pancreas update, and so much more! Support this event! I encourage you to attend next year!

All The Best,
Marianne Tetlow
The Diabetes Coach


Proud of these Junior High and High School Graduates!

I am impressed and inspired by my teenage clients this week. So many are facing jr. High and high school graduation. Entering high school is no small feat for those living with diabetes. Entering college is even more difficult. I respect them for their perseverance, forgive them when they slack off to be like everyone else, and salute them when they remember that they are the most important things!
These kids have already endured more speculation, bullying, and survival mode than 99% of their peers. If you know someone living with a chronic illness, simply acknowledge their work. It doesn’t matter if they are failing or succeeding- they are still in the game. The game continues and has endless possibilities!
I love my kids and am proud of each, no matter their place on the A1C scale!

Summit Diabetes 2014

I met Haley this past month. What a great inspiration! Check out her story and see what you can do to help out!

Haley Maurice and her brother Ethan backpacked 221 miles along the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Yosemite National Park to the top of the highest peak in the continental United States, Mount Whitney, to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

On July 16th, 2014 Haley and her brother Ethan began their three week long backpacking trek and finished on August 4th. Please donate through our JDRF fundraising page, and let’s fund valuable research for a cure to create a world free of T1D.

100% of all donations go directly to JDRF.

Our short, two minute post hike video:


Charlie Kimball, Racecar Driver with Type 1 Diabetes, will be at PCH next Tuesday. If you know anyone who is interested in meeting him and hearing him speak, please encourage them to stop by the 2nd floor open area by the main elevators between 3-4pm! Hope to see you there!

Rachel Head, RD, CDE
Diabetes Program Manager
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
1919 E. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

RSVP to Anne Dennis:

Teens with Diabetes Bowling Event

I know that summer in Phoenix has the tendency to drive people out of the city. Phoenicians flock to the Mogollon Rim or cooler climates elsewhere. The Diabetes Coach was fortunate to have teens and kids attending this year’s summer events. Although this was intended to be a teens only event, I opened it up for siblings as well. There was a nice sized crowd, lots of fun bowling, and some good food provided by Dave and Buster’s.IMG_2481
I loved seeing these kids with Type 1 diabetes in Phoenix get together and have fun! I think I ended up checking my blood sugar more than these kids did that particular day. It wasn’t about the diabetes so much. It was about the bowling and fun! We had kids with diabetes and teens with diabetes attend from all over the valley. I am glad to know there is interest, even in the summertime! IMG_2476 I am looking forward to more kids and teens activities as the temperatures cool and school schedules are underway. Diabetes help in Phoenix is here and can be fun!

Me The Artist Event for Kids with Diabetes

We had a great event today at Me The Artist in City North. It was great to see and meet kids with type 1 diabetes having a fun time! We had great conversation, great artwork, and lots of laughs! IMG_2445
Thank you to Ruby at Me The Artist for helping coordinate a great event. I thank the parents that came and the siblings that supported these kids in Phoenix with Type 1 diabetes.
I loved getting time to catch up with some of my clients and meet some new kids. See you at the next event!

Events for children living with diabetes in Phoenix

Living with diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes, should include a healthy amount of support. As a child, teen, or young adult with diabetes, it is more challenging to control blood glucose levels and emotional levels. Children and teens are overloaded with emotions! It is hard enough to juggle school, social groups, academics, sports, relationships, and family without the added burden of life with diabetes. Getting the support your child needs is crucial.
Many of the families dealing with diabetes in young adults try to eliminate the difference between their children and those not living with diabetes. It is important to not let life with diabetes define us. It is not necessary to have diabetes support be the primary focus of your child’s life. It is however, a necessary component.

Diabetes is not going anywhere anytime soon. Life with diabetes does affect most every aspect of our lives. We are usually proud to say that is doesn’t control us. That can be a true statement. Balancing all of the aspects of life with diabetes is part of conquering the control issue. Ignoring these is not healthy. Only addressing diabetes support when there is a problem is not beneficial for the long term.

Diabetes is a life long chronic illness. Support should be lifelong as well. Make support for your child a regular part of life with diabetes. Find a positive support system that includes other kids with diabetes, professionals, education, and fun. Positive support for life with diabetes is important as athletic activities, school programs, and activities centered around the arts in your child’s life. Make it a regular part of the schedule.

If your child lives with diabetes in the Phoenix, Arizona area, register your child for one of The Diabetes Coach events this summer. Sign up for a teens event or a children’s event. They will meet others living with diabetes, participate in a fun activity that is not centrally focused on diabetes, and know that there are more kids around them with similar challenges. Life with diabetes can be a healthy life. Support contributes to a healthy life! See you there!

Teens Event at Dave and Buster’s Desert Ridge Wednesday, July 23th

Come and join us for an evening of bowling and snacks at Dave and Buster’s in Desert Ridge! This event is for teens age 13+. We will meet at Dave and Buster’s in the bowling area from 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. RSVP to reserve your space here Spread the word and come and join us!