Cazzy Magennis is 24 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 16. Since then she's worked hard to manage my diabetes and was lucky enough to get an insulin pump which has changed her life. She graduated from University with a degree in Politics and human rights, and now runs a type 1 diabetic travel blog and travels the world full-time! Her mission is to inspire, motivate, and reassure other diabetics that life doesn’t stop with diagnosis, and we can still achieve all our hopes and dreams. Cazzy's blog on travel and diabetes is called Dream Big, Travel Far, and she can’t wait to share her stories and connect with this fantastic community of women living with diabetes.
Kelly Griffith was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in February 2015. Now adults, her daughter and nephew were also diagnosed with T1D as very young children. A Pacific Northwest native, Kelly currently resides in sunny Sequim, the banana belt of Washington, with her husband and rescue pup, Joey. She works in higher education administration and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, making jewelry, and writing.
Meghan Higgins is a recent college grad (terrifying and exciting), who has lived with Type 1Diabetes for a little more than 5 years. She studied exercise science at Springfield College and will continue with graduate school there. Things you should know about Meghan: diabetes doesn’t stop her from eating ice cream; she loves to travel; she's a painfully tone deaf singer; she can’t cook even if her life depends on it; communities like dSisters are her kind of therapy; and she loves to love life, even on the days this disease tries to get the best of us.
MindyBartelson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on March 8, 2000 when she was 7 and diagnosed with PCOS and endometriosis during the summer of 2016 at age 23. She was recently the Partnerships and Communications Coordinator at the College Diabetes Network (CDN) in Boston and a CDN Chapter Leader as a college student. Mindy enjoys diabetes camp, travel, crafts, reading, and being awkward. You can check out her blog and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @mindy_bartleson.
Sue Rericha was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in March 2008 after having gestational diabetes five times (1993-2004). She is married to her high school sweetheart and the proud mother of five children. She currently teaches first grade in a small rural school district, and recently earned an MSEd in reading with a Reading Specialist endorsement. Education and empowerment are very important to Sue professionally and personally. She is involved in online advocacy through her blog at diabetesramblings.com, and as a contributing member of the collaborative blog The Type 2 Experience.