Type 1 Diabetes: Unspoken Truths

We would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all the T1Ds and Type 3s who joined us for our very FIRST major event: Unspoken Truths! It was a huge success and we hope to host more events like this in the future.

If you weren’t able to make the event, you can still listen to our fantastic speakers here!

Thank you to Brianne Adams Photography for capturing our event so that we can remember the memorable moments! Check out the photos here!

Check out Mari Ruddy’s blog about the event!

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Type 1 diabetes doesn’t end at 18. Lets  talk about what we need to know NOW as adults.

On May 4th 2014, YT1 hosted an educational event that focused on diabetes topics relevant to the 18-30 year old age group such as:

Depression and Diabetes Burnout, Tax Returns, Complications Research, Sex and Pregnancy with Diabetes, Drinking with Diabetes, Endurance Sports, and How to Deal With Your Loved Ones and Diabetes.

Breakout Sessions followed a catered reception and social hour

When: 11am – 4pm on Sunday, May 4th 2014

Where#1 Athletes Way (In the Olympic Village), Vancouver, BC V5Y 0C2


Dr. Brian Rodrigues, PhD 
Dr. Brian Rodrigues is a Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He currently serves as a member of major grant review panels such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, CIHR and Pfizer Cardiovascular Awards. Dr. Rodrigues is interested in examining how fat fuels are provided to the heart because during diabetes, the heart switches to using fats exclusively as an energy supply. Consequently he is studying how excess fats can lead to cardiac disease. Appreciating this mechanism should allow the identification of novel targets for therapeutic intervention to prevent heart failure during diabetes.

Mari Ruddy
Mari Ruddy has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and is a two-time breast cancer survivor living in Minnesota. She discovered the healing power of being celebrated as a cancer-surviving athlete and decided that more needed to be done to recognize diabetes-surviving athletes. In 2007 she created the Red Rider Recognition Program now used at over 85 Tour de Cure cycling events put on by the American Diabetes Association. When she realized that cyclists needed extra support to do the Tour de Cure successfully with their diabetes, she founded TeamWILD to provide expert integrated athletic and nutrition plans for people with diabetes as well as mental skills coaching in cycling, triathlon, running and walking. Mari is now building a personal fitness training business and she speaks to audiences like ours about finding hope and fitness in the face of the challenge of diabetes.

Tony Cervati
Tony Cervati was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 38 years ago at the age of 8. Since that time he has amassed a vast lifetime of familiarity with a host of different treatments, personal experiences, and numerous athletic activities. Tony promotes exercise, self care, and situational flexibility as the keys to living a long healthy life with diabetes.

He has successfully raced ultra endurance mountain bike events for the past 8 years. During that time Tony has raced over 1000 solo hours, and won series championships as a member of the US Trek Bicycles 29er Crew factory race team. Tony was the first documented Type 1 in history to complete a solo 24 hour mountain bike race, and the first to race the extreme 2800 mile Tour Divide. His preparation for these events have landed him in many publications and journals, and he has contributed to a handful of books about diabetes, diet, and blood glucose management as they relate to physical activities.

Tony founded the Type1Rider Organization in May of 2005, and in 2011, along with his wife Diane, co-founded the The Blue Heel Society. He is the father of two boys aged 8 and 6, for his day job he works as a Database Administrator for The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and has almost as many bikes in his place as he does dinner plates.

Dr. Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE
Dr. Beverly S. Adler is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Diabetes Educator in New York who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 39 years, complication-free. She specializes in treating the emotional issues of patients with diabetes utilizing a cognitive-behavioural approach. Her therapy focuses on processing feelings of denial, depression, anger, guilt, stress and anxiety regarding adjustment to diabetes. “Dr. Bev” as she is affectionately known, has published a series of books titled MY SWEET LIFE, which include insightful lessons of empowerment written by successful men and women with diabetes. She has also written many articles in print and online blogs about diabetes, always from a psychological perspective.


Registration and Exhibit Booths open at 10:15 am
Welcome & Introductions begin at 11 am MCs: Ramya Chittaranjan and
Mitchell Mammel
Complications Research Update: Cardiovascular Complications of Diabetes Dr. Brian Rodrigues, PhD
Terrific with T1D: Reclaiming your body and mind, one step at a time Mari Ruddy
Lunch and Trade Show at 12:15 pm
Diabetes and Endurance Sports: A Perfect Match Tony Cervati
Diabetes and Depression: From Hopeless to Hopeful Dr. Beverly Adler, PhD, CDE
Panel Q&A All Speakers
Break and Trade Show at 2:15 pm
Breakout Sessions begin at 2:30 pm
Breakout Session 1 Choose 1 of 6 Topics
Breakout Session 2 Choose 1 of 6 Topics
Breakout Session 3 Choose 1 of 6 Topics
Closing Remarks and Thank You at 4 pm MCs: Ramya Chittaranjan and
Mitchell Mammel

Breakout Session Topics:

1) Type 3s Only – how to deal with your loved ones who have diabetes
2) Pregnancy & type 1 diabetes
3) What’s your biggest fear – listening to your body
4) Sex, drinking, & T1D – (19+ Only ;))
5) Tax Returns – Dolla’ Dolla’ basals y’all!
6) Exercise & nutrition – We all know what we’re supposed to do… but do we do it?

This event was intended for T1Ds aged 18-30*
*Guests were welcome to bring a “Type 3″ (Sibling, Friend, Significant Other)


We would like to give a special thank you to Brianne Adams Photography for capturing our event!

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