My Struggle with Type 1 & Bulimia

I was recently interviewed for a podcast by On Track Diabetes on my personal struggle with type 1 diabetes and bulimia (also referred to as ED-DMT1). Here’s the details…

The Diabetes Dish sat down with Quinn Nystrom to discuss her personal battle with bulimia, how the language around insulin used by a well-meaning doctor when she was first diagnosed may have triggered the problem and the experience of losing a friend to an eating disorder. Quinn’s frank talk will inspire anyone dealing with this challenging issue.



When Holidays Aren’t the Most Wonderful Time of Year

In our American culture, I think it’s easy to buy into the sense that holidays should be the most joyful and wonderful time of year. But then if we don’t feel that way, there’s something wrong with us, and/or we’ve become Scrooge!
There are a lot of reasons why research has shown higher rates of depression and suicide around the holidays; Seasonal Affective Disorder, year-end stress, family triggers, social media images of other’s “perfect” life, etc. After leaving residential treatment back in 2012, I have tried to stick to these four strategies to keep myself in the best emotional place that I can during this stressful time.

Read my most recent blogpost for Center for Change

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OmniPod Versus Animas: Why I Chose to Switch and What You Need to Know


My former insulin pump company (Animas) announced yesterday they were no longer going to produce their pump. That left tens of thousands of people searching for their next pump.

Check out my blogpost about falling in love with MyOmnipod and my brutally honest review….

6 Reasons Why T1D Moms Rock

816isHh0tBL._UL1500_1024x1024I saw a t-shirt recently that said, “Type 1 diabetes doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mom who never gives up.” Having being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at such a young age, my mother was tasked with the majority of the medical care and responsibility. When I was in my teenage rebellion period—in denial about my diabetes and not wanting to do what was necessary to keep my blood sugar under control—she never missed a beat. Mom was always right there in the middle of the night testing my glucose to ensure I didn’t go too low or high. The dedication that my mom and so many other T1 moms show is inspiring and something I think most people on the outside don’t realize.

Here, my tribute to all the T1D moms out there:


Wrestling with Failure & Turning it into Positive Action

PositiveAffirmationsOfficeYou know what the greatest thing about our lives is? Every day we get a second chance to make the next best decision. When we focus on that, we can turn our failures into opportunities for change and growth.

Read my latest blogpost for Center for Change: “Wrestling with Failure & Turning it into Positive Action”…


From the Bottom of the World: Quinn’s Mom On Traveling With Two Type 1 Kids

family“Our family life took a sharp turn when our youngest son was diagnosed with diabetes at five years old. How is this going to change our lives? Will our lives shrink keep him safe? What if his sugar went too high or low? What if we broke the insulin bottle? I ran through every catastrophe. What about travel—one of our family’s passions? Will it be too dangerous?”

My mother guest blogged for me this week on life with two adult children with type 1 diabetes and traveling the world….