Catherine Jane Vancak
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  • Birmingham, AL
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Catherine Jane Vancak's Discussions

Traveling with a Frio Pack

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian (bsc) Dec 6, 2011. 5 Replies

Hey people!So I am off to Ireland next week to visit my family and I am so excited! I am always freaked about TSA but my pump rep assured me that if I just tell TSA that I have a pump and want a pat…Continue

Bloggity Blog Blog!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine Jane Vancak Oct 31, 2011. 4 Replies

Hello my fabulous Diabetic partners in crime!I finally worked up the nerve to create a blog and in the spirit of shameless self promotion I offer it up for your consideration!…Continue

Explaining Diabetes to Children

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bec Apr 13, 2012. 12 Replies

So I feel like I have the hang of explaining diabetes to friends, family and random people on the street but this evening a child of a friend of mine saw me testing my blood sugar and asked me what I…Continue

I just found the most amazing opportunity!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerri May 19, 2011. 3 Replies

Hey everyone!For the past week I was feeling really sad about having diabetes and isolated as I don't really know any other type 1 diabetics. It's great to talk to everyone on the forums but I wanted…Continue

A Diabetic Ballerina

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If I can do it, then so can you!

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Sep 2, 2012
Holger Schmeken commented on Catherine Jane Vancak's blog post 'You CAN Dance en Pointe!'
"Like you I think it is important to stress that potential health problems are caused by uncontrolled diabetes and not diabetes itself. It would be a nice move to always use "uncontrolled diabetes" in association with the complications of…"
Aug 27, 2012
Brian Wittman commented on Catherine Jane Vancak's blog post 'You CAN Dance en Pointe!'
"That is sound advice to all dancers. As a stage manager, I would add to have some comfy slippers handy to slip over those pointe shoes while walking around back stage. They will help protect both your feet and your shoes from injury."
Aug 26, 2012
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Aug 25, 2012
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You CAN Dance en Pointe!

For even more ballet and diabetes stuff check out my blog at A Diabetic BallerinaI've had several dancers emailing me telling me that as diabetics they were told that they weren't allowed to dance en pointe. What do I have to say to that? They were misinformed! Of course you can dance en pointe. There are many dancers including myself that have danced en pointe and still have healthy feet. Zippora Karz for one of them! So there…See More
Aug 25, 2012
Catherine Jane Vancak posted a blog post

Diabetes Gadgets Videos: Part 1

Hey everyone!I've been getting lots of questions related to pumping and dancing (and sparkles) and I think it would be great to share them with the world!So as promised, I present to you Part 1 of my 2 part video series about diabetes gadgets. Part one is about pumping and part 2 will be an explanation on how to insert a dexcom sensor in your arm, by yourself with no headaches! Stay tuned!Click the link to be taken to the video!…See More
Aug 14, 2012
Brian (bsc) commented on Catherine Jane Vancak's blog post 'My New Endo Experience'
"It sounds like you have found a keeper of a doctor. We all too often hear about doctors with terrible bedside manners. It is good to hear about one who listens. An A1c of 4.2 does seem way too low. An abnormally low A1c can occur with anemia. If do…"
Jul 9, 2012

Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA) diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
To connect and meet others with Diabetes. Share experiences and have people to complain to!
Date diagnosed
February 9, 2011
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
5.4, January 2012
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, CGM, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
Animas One Touch Ping and a Dexcom (called Marsha and Trixie respectively)
Enter your website, if any (blog, Facebook, Twitter)
http://dancethrubeetus.blogspot.com/
Tell us more about you (optional)
I am a professional ballet dancer originally from Canada. During my first month at my first ballet company I was diagnosed. It was such a tough experience dealing with a difficult artistic director and learning how to dance and perform while maintaining good control. Everything that worked before was now obsolete. What's a ballerina to do?

I now dance with a new ballet company and a modern company. They are amazing. They support me and my journey through diabetes and I am so incredibly lucky to have a good work environment now. My diabetes benefits from my dancing and my dancing is enriched from my diabetes.

I almost quit ballet after my diagnosis as well as a terrible injury requiring surgery. I had a bad low that caused me to fall and damage my ankle. So this year has been tough. I wondered if this was the right career for a Type 1 but I kept going. Now I am stronger than ever and would never let diabetes get in my way again.

Currently I am a Pre-Med student working my butt off to be a pediatric endocrinologist. I plan on beginning med school in two years. So two more glorious years of ballet! Then I can dance with medicine!

My family has been amazing as well as my Endocrinologist. Also, my friends from diabetes camp (Dtreat) I have a great support system and I am thankful for everything I have.

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At 6:36am on June 25, 2014, wendy said…
At 6:01am on June 25, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…
Catherine Happy Birthday !!!!!!! I hope your day and coming year are overflowing with happiness and goodwill.
At 4:16am on June 25, 2014, Linda G said…

♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫
From morning till night
May your SPECIAL DAY be bright

And nicer than ever before!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHERINE!!
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Once a dancer...always a dancer, no matter ♥ How's med school?

At 12:22pm on June 25, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Catherine happy birthday!! Here is hoping your day is full of joy and happiness.

At 4:44am on June 25, 2013, Linda G said…

Smiles and laughter. Joy and cheer.
New happiness that stays throughout the year...
Hope your birthday brings all these and more.
BEST WISHES CATHERINE!!
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Hey, why don't you come join us in the TuD chat room?
You'll see us at the bottom of the home page.
We have a great time getting to know each other, sharing info and lots of laughs :)
It's on every day!
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At 4:07am on June 25, 2013, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday, Catherine. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!

At 9:12am on June 25, 2012, catlover said…

Hi Ballerina- HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!!! Hope you have a GR8 day !!! Do something nice for your self. Cat =^..^=

At 5:10am on June 25, 2012, Linda G said…

Hello! How Do You Do, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Catherine Jane...
Best Wishes NOW....and for the rest of the year!
Have a GREAT "ME" DAY :)

At 3:48am on June 25, 2012, brokenpole said…

Happy Birthday, Catherine!! Hope you have a wonderful day and get to have some fun. Enjoy your special day.

At 1:01am on June 25, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday,Catherine. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!

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You CAN Dance en Pointe!

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 5:04pm 2 Comments

For even more ballet and diabetes stuff check out my blog at A Diabetic Ballerina

I've had several dancers emailing me telling me that as diabetics they were told that they weren't allowed to dance en pointe. What do I have to say to that? They were misinformed! Of course you can dance en pointe. There are many dancers including myself that have danced en pointe and still have healthy feet. Zippora Karz for one of them!…

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Diabetes Gadgets Videos: Part 1

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 7:17pm 0 Comments

Hey everyone!

I've been getting lots of questions related to pumping and dancing (and sparkles) and I think it would be great to share them with the world!

So as promised, I present to you Part 1 of my 2 part video series about diabetes gadgets. Part one is about pumping and part 2 will be an explanation on how to insert a dexcom sensor in your arm, by yourself with no headaches! Stay tuned!

Click the link to be taken to the video!…

Continue

My New Endo Experience

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 12:31pm 2 Comments

Remember, if you're up for more awesome diabetes and dance stuff check out my full blog at A Diabetic Ballerina

So this week I had my 6 month check up at my endocrinologist. I wasn't clicking with my old endo so after I met Dr. V at a JDRF function I knew I had to switch. He was nice enough to give an appointment pretty quickly and from our conversations he seemed like a nice, knowledgable doctor. I decided to try him…

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New Rehearsal Photos

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 7:28pm 2 Comments

Rehearsal was great this week! We spent hours and hours working on the introduction to our next big show. It's a slow, mesmerizing piece that I'm really enjoying. One of my fellow dancers, Shellie, took some photos of me in my favorite movement of the day! …



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