Guest Blogger

Chris Stocker Blog BioChris was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on April 3, 2004, at the age of 19, while living in the student dorms as a freshman in college. At the time of diagnosis, Chris was playing college football and was sent to the ER with a blood sugar of 858 mg/dL.

For the past 10 years, Chris has been actively working with the diabetes community, both online and off, helping others with diabetes by answering their questions and concerns about the disease. In 2007, Chris started his diabetes blog, The Life of a Diabetic, as a way to express his feelings about diabetes and to show others that a life with diabetes is the same as anyone else’s, just with added daily management.

Chris now lives in Florida with his wife Amanda, and they are expecting their first child in the spring of 2015. Chris is also President and CEO of a digital marketing agency he started in 2009.

 

What I Want my Daughter to Know About My Diabetes

To My Daughter, Diabetes is a complicated disease. There’s a lot to know. What’s your blood sugar range? What’s a bolus, a basal, an A1C? What about insulin pumps? It can be difficult to keep track of it all. But there’s something even more difficult than counting carbs. Explaining my diabetes to you, my precious […]Read More »

4 Tips to Help Avoid Diabetes Burnout

Living with diabetes is a constant battle of ups and downs. And I’m not just talking about your blood glucose levels! The emotional part of diabetes can be even more tiresome and stressful than the physical aspect of diabetes. This is when diabetes burnout happens. What is diabetes burnout? We may all have our own […]Read More »

Intimate Moments: Diabetes Doesn’t have to Get in the Way

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’m lucky to have the best Valentine in the world – my beautiful wife. So, what better time to discuss diabetes and intimacy? As you may remember, I wear the MiniMed 630G system to help manage my daily life with diabetes. The CGM helps me make many […]Read More »

Managing Life with Type 1 Diabetes

My name is Chris and I am a lot of things. I am a father. I am a husband. I am an Entrepreneur, CEO. I am a person living with diabetes. I am a MiniMed Ambassador. I am also a lot of other things including, Philadelphia Eagles fan, Uncle, Brother, Son, Friend. And like everyone […]Read More »

Making Data Meaningful: How I Use The New CareLink Personal Reports

One of the best features of wearing a continuous glucose monitor to me is the data that it provides. Being able to upload data and view reports plays a critical role in my diabetes management plan. My doctor and I review these reports at every appointment in order to make the best decisions for my […]Read More »

Parenting With Type 1 Diabetes

I can’t believe that it has already been a year since I first posted about my thoughts of becoming a father with type 1 diabetes. At that time I had a lot of fears of the unknown, a year later there are still a lot of unknowns that create fear and stress. There is still […]Read More »

4 Forms Of Diabetes Support

You don’t need to feel alone in your journey with diabetes. Whether you’re interested in joining a lively online community, in need of advice from someone who understands what you’re going through, or looking for educational tools to help you or a loved one manage diabetes, there’s resources and support out there for you. Peer […]Read More »

5 Ways To Treat Low Blood Sugar

There are many ways I have treated a low blood glucose (BG) over the 10 plus years I have lived with type 1 diabetes, and I’ve determined how quickly my body reacts to particular items. Depending on my low, I use a different item to treat it, but always aim for 15 grams of fast […]Read More »

3 Ways Peer Support Can Help With Diabetes Management

Diabetes is not an easy disease. From diagnosis to daily management, diabetes can cause a lot of self-doubt and at times, make you feel down. Peer support can help you assure yourself you are managing this disease the best you can, and there are ways to live a healthy lifestyle despite all of the negative […]Read More »

A Day In The Life: MDI VS. Insulin Pump Therapy with CGM

As someone who has lived with diabetes for over 11 years, I have experienced life with multiple daily injections (MDI), as well as an insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Either way, I am still living with diabetes, but these two lifestyles are fairly different in the way I manage my disease, and […]Read More »

Stress Less: 4 Tips For Helping Diabetes Related Stress

Stress is a very common problem for anyone, especially a person with diabetes. Throughout the day, there may be four or five different things that I am feeling stressed out about. Do I have enough time to meet a client deadline? My daughter, wife, and myself all have an appointment today. The pool needs to […]Read More »

To Pump Or Not To Pump

My decision to start insulin pump therapy started about 10 years ago. I was diagnosed in April 2004, and decided to start pumping December 2005. When I was first diagnosed, I left the hospital unsure on whether or not I could give myself shots every single day. But it’s a weird feeling, a natural instinct […]Read More »

Preparing for a Baby: From a Dad-to-Be with Type 1 Diabetes

Editor’s Note: I am so excited to introduce you to our newest guest blogger, Chris Stocker, from The Life of a Diabetic, who has lived with type 1 diabetes since the age of 19. Originally from Pennsylvania, Chris resides in South Florida with his wife, Amanda. Managing his own search engine optimization (SEO) company, CSI […]Read More »