Tag: Type 1 diabetes
Get in the slipstream with our 6th Annual Winter Slipstream event!
Two weeks ago Connected in Motion hosted its third annual Slipstream in the City Party––a fusion of celebration and fundraising that highlights the core of the CIM philosophy––community.
Community \kəˈmjuːnɪti\ noun:
1. the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.
2. a similarity or identity.
3. shared ownership.
The evening was, once again, a tremendous success owed to the community that has built and continues to build Connected in Motion into all it is today. Know that each and every one of you have just helped to keep CIM alive and thriving in 2014.
Enough of the talk. How much did we raise, you ask?
We are so grateful to everyone who made this possible. An extra special thank you to the following:
Silent auction donors (in no particular order):
Timothy Ting | Philips Sonicare
Meredith Miller | … Read More »
We are excited to announce Connected in Motion’s contributions to the International Diabetes Federation’s World Diabetes Congress of 2013! Executive Director, Jen Hanson, along with CIM’s Community Manager, Virtue Bajurny, will join the world’s leading experts in diabetes in Melbourne, Australia in December, 2013 and contribute both oral and poster presentations to the congress’ Living with Diabetes stream.
Jen Hanson has a background in kinesiology and experiential education. She will be sharing with the congress delegates an oral presentation entitled ‘The power of community: Creating a
diabetes slipstream.’ The presentation will share with the international diabetes community the very philosophy upon which CIM is founded. The presentation focuses on the belief that together, as a group, individuals with Type 1 diabetes can move faster, further, and stronger than they ever could
on their own. They can take turns leading and enjoy the … Read More »
Words: Virtue Bajurny | Images: Blair Ryan
We landed in Seattle to fog. Lots of it. And this fog followed us all the way across the ferry to Orcas Island and right into YMCA Camp Orkila. It seemed a fitting metaphor for CIM’s first Slipstream in the US- new things are always a little hazy at first. Equally fitting: the fog began to lift as people arrived, and cleared as the weekend progressed.
Friday evenings at Slipstream events are always abuzz with nervous excitement for the people participating… How will this Slipstream unfold? Who will be there? Will I know anyone? How will I fit in over the weekend? But as people meet, chat, and become friends over that one common denominator- Type 1 diabetes- the nerves begin to ease. Pacific Northwest Slipstream was typical in this regard, as the same … Read More »
Words: Amy Burrows | Images: Mike Last
Around two years ago at Winter Slipstream all the Ambassadors sat down and wrote out what event we could host that seemed right up Connected in Motion’s alley. We all wrote down our ideas and shared with the group. Stephanie Brodie (mastermind of Trampoline Dodgeball) came up with the idea to do a tournament. This instantly sounded like an insane amount of fun to me, so I asked her if I could help out!
This year, on October 26th we had approximately 55 people come out to play at Sky Zone‘s facility in Toronto, both 5.5er and T-1 alike. After getting stuck on the way up, I was a little bit behind, but things got under-way smoothly and quickly!
The excitement was at an all-time high. People were dressed up … Read More »
It was a hot and muggy day for this year’s Birdies for ‘Betes golf tournament: sitting at 33° C, but feeling more like 41° C with the humidity. Nevertheless, we had a great turn-out of volunteers and participants! A total of 15 teams hit the green at Highlands Golf Club for a sweltering round of afternoon golf, followed by dinner and raffle.
A tally of all the money generated from fees and raffle tickets we made a total of… drum roll please… $2235.33!
Thank you so much to everyone that came out for the day and to our event sponsors Scotiabank, Kijiji, GF Promotions, Animas, Javelin, Molson, Advanced Printing Inc! Everyone’s contributions made the day a real success.
Words: Jen Hanson | Photos: Virtue Bajurny
Crisp fall air. The fading warmth of summer. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. It could only mean one thing – time for Western Slipstream.
It wasn’t long ago that Virtue and I left behind the changing colours of the Ontario autumn and headed west – ready to meet the wonderful group of new (and veteran!) CIMers who were traveling from across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest to join us for the Second Annual Winter Slipstream Weekend. The weekend was unique, new, and exciting in many different ways – The group of Slipstreamers was largely new to the CIM experience. It almost felt as though we were coming back to our ‘roots’ (pun totally intended, Western Slipstreamers!) and experiencing the Slipstream as it first was 6 years ago – small, intimate, close. It was the first … Read More »
Epic. There word describes the adventures of the 2013 Extended Canoe Trip better.
We notice a couple of people in the community had started to wear the Medtronic Enlite Glucose Sensor (newly available in Canada) and were curious about their experience with the new system. So, we asked them! Here’s some thoughts about the new sensor from Shaun, Chloe, Amy, and Jen…
How does the new sensor insterter compare to the Soft Sensor?
I absolutely detested inserting the Soft Sensor, as there was nothing soft about it. It was a little intimidating to insert the new Enlite sensor just because it was different and the cost associated with getting it wrong made me nervous. So, I had a T1D friend insert it for me who had done it a few times before. Of course, the first attempt failed and the sensor didn’t disconnect from the inserter. She tried again, double clicking it … Read More »
Words: Meghan Sauvé
I am a diabetes researcher, having spent eight years unconditionally devoted to understanding how high blood glucose leads to those insidious complications associated with diabetes. Specifically, I study a particular set of molecules that are necessary for blood vessels to constrict. I work to understand how these molecules go awry in diabetes, and I fervently look for a potential new breakthrough therapy to target these molecules, with the hope of mitigating any negative consequences they have on the blood vessels of people with diabetes. My type 1 diabetic father and countless type 1 diabetic friends I have met in my years as a committed 5.5er are hopeful I will figure it out and await this discovery with bated breath. I do, however, have a treatment available right this moment.
If I enter “diabetes” and “exercise” into PubMed, the … Read More »
Words: Luke Cameron | Photos: Mike Last
I had checked and re-checked my dry sac Wednesday night to ensure I had everything. I have a bad habit of forgetting one or two things when I go on canoe trips. I forgot an extra pair of shoes a month earlier on the 5.5 trip, forgot my water bottle on last year’s Annual trip. It looked like I had everything.
I had plans to meet Amy and Jen for lunch in Port Severn. Of course the two of them were a little late, but I am a patient guy. All of us enjoyed a great lunch at The Damn Grill. We ordered a pizza to go (My idea) to have for dinner once we arrived in Killarney.
We got to George Lake Campground without any troubles, or so we thought. We did discover … Read More »
Join the CIM community as we give CrossFit a try in Toronto! Open to Type 1s and 5.5ers. Come out and find out what CrossFit is all about!
Dear Friends of CIM,
We are in a bit of a predicament. There have been other years where we’ve just scraped by, many of them because we forwent paying ourselves in order to keep the organization alive and running… Not ideal, but we made it through. This year, however, is a little different; this year funding from our various sponsors has dropped drastically and, so, this year we’re in a much more of a bind moving forward. In light of this we are putting out a call to action:
Complete the phrase “Connected in Motion means…”
Take a photo of the phrase written out. (You can be as creative and/or as anonymous as you wish, so long as the note is in the picture.)
Email it to us at email@example.com so that we can post it throughout our social media channels, and eventually … Read More »
Written by Erin Randall
Last weekend a group of 13 ambitious Type 1s and 5.5ers (friends, family members, and loved ones of anyone with T1!) set out on the beautiful waters of Killarney Provincial Park in sight of new friendships and endless adventures. The Second Annual 5.5er 3-day Canoe Trip did not disappoint!
The group gathered on Thursday evening at the George Lake Campground where everyone mixed and mingled, reacquainting with old friends and meeting brand new ones.
Day one started bright and early as we dipped our paddles into the clear waters of George Lake. We reached our first portage and before we knew it everyone had either a pack strapped on their back, a canoe propped on their shoulders or in some cases both! We made it to the other side unscathed, put our canoes in Freeland Lake and were about … Read More »
This week’s Monday in Motion Q: Back in January we talked about people’s goals for keeping active this year (http://bit.ly/15YmAZN), how are people doing with their activity goals so far this year?
Responses: Andy said that he’s continued cycling, which is always his goal. Luke mentioned that he completed BOTH the 10k and half-marathon race at this year’s Tamarack Ottawa Marathon… and has set a new goal of running his first marathon at the upcoming Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Finally, Michelle mentioned that she completed her goal of running her first triathlon on June 8 and will be running a leg of the Sinister 7 race.
Tides, tacos and team spirit: CIM’s first surf camp in Tofino, BC
This week’s Monday in Motion Q: Since we have been talking team sports (http://bit.ly/12B0VLS), how do people handle wearing diabetes gear (pumps/CGM) while playing contact sports?
Responses: This is question that we get asked a lot, and we’ve put it out to the community quite a few times. It seemed like a good idea to ask once more and then cull together all of the responses. Luke responded to the question, “I don’t really play contact sports, but I do sacrifice my body to get a dig when playing beach volleyball (I really do love volleyball). I don’t think about my pump until I either land hard on my infusion site and it lets me know that it is there (kinda painful), or my pump comes off my shorts and is dangling around my knees. In both cases I just check … Read More »
This week’s Monday in Motion Q: When playing team sports or just active with other people, do you disclose your diabetes? How so?
Responses: So, pretty much everyone responding to this week’s question noted that they let their teammates know about their type 1 diabetes. Luke said, “I usually tell people that if they see me passed out on the ground call 911. They look at me strange for a second or two, (which gives me a little pleasure for some odd reason) then I explain that I am a diabetic and on a pump. Most people just nod and walk away.” Similarly, Shawn explained that the only team sport he currently plays is hockey, and all of his teammates know that he has diabetes. Natasha also said that if she is playing with a team for a season that she … Read More »
We’re talking about having fun and keeping things fresh while keeping active this month. You can check out last week’s discussion about people’s biggest adventures to date here!
This week’s Monday in Motion question: If time and money were no object, which activity would you most like to try?
Responses: People have such great dreams of adventure! Scott said he’d like to go sailing around the world, and Julie seconded that choice with the addition of a little scuba diving and surfing along the way! Sara mentioned she’d like to ski every mountain of which she can get to the top. Becky said she’s like to cycle across Canada; similarly, Luke noted that he would “partake in one of those cross country runs, like in that Nike commercial.” Vicki would like to dog sled, as she already has “a team, [she] just … Read More »
Spring has been upon us for a whole month now. Yet mother nature isn’t quite on the same page as the rest of us. As the snow was falling on Saturday April 20 throughout Southern Ontario, the Connected in Motion community came together to forget about the sub-zero temperatures and spend an afternoon in the sand at the Fourth Annual Bumps & Pumps Beach Volleyball Tournament.
With 15 teams, over 120 players, 5 volunteers, a handful of cheerers, and an entire warehouse of sand, the tournament was kicked off with some fun-filled round robin play. Each team played up to SEVEN 20-minute games. The day was action-packed, to say the least!
Unique to this year’s tournament was the exclusive use of Beach Blast’s space. Having the entire facility to ourselves meant that we had more space to spread out, relax, and, let’s … Read More »