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Fierce Footwork Fridays!

Today I finally got through an entire ballet class en pointe without my feet hurting! Hooray for my calluses have returned. In celebration I present an action shot for Fierce Footwork Friday.

For all of you Tally Gear fans note the black tummitote belt around my waist with my Dexcom and Ping securely tucked away. I look like every other dancer!…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on February 10, 2012 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Fierce Footwork Fridays!

Fierce Footwork Fridays

For this Friday I was caught stretching while checking my Dexcom after rehearsal. There was a lot of beeping today and a mild low of 64mg/dl during company class but I took care of it and kept on dancing.

To make this weekend more of an adventure, one of my fellow company members had a concussion this week. So I stepped in for her role and it was something in complete reverse of what I normally do! I had to be flexible with my choreography but also…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on February 3, 2012 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Dear Diabetes...

For more more videos and pictures of diabetes and ballet and pink sparkly things check out my blog at A Diabetic Ballerina

Dear Diabetes...

There are some things that I would like to tell my diabetes. So I decided to write it a letter. Well actually, record a video letter. So, in a way I'm skyping with my diabetes.

I wish my diabetes would listen to my letter but alas, it has no ears...but you do! What…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on January 31, 2012 at 9:21pm — 1 Comment

Everything is better with Sparkles!

For more fun photos, videos and pretty pink diabetic and ballet things check out my blog at A Diabetic Ballerina

I was goofing around at Sephora yesterday and found a glorious package of "Boo Boo Bling". They're these plastic jewels that are supposed to be placed overtop of bandaids to make bandaids a little less...bandaid like. I'm not sure who would actually buy them. (Obviously me!) They remind me of the sparkly…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on January 29, 2012 at 9:12pm — No Comments

“You keep diabetes in your way and let me keep it in mine!”

For funny smiley faces as well as my blog complete with videos and pink ballet things check me out at A Diabetic Ballerina

“You keep diabetes in your way and let me keep it in mine!”

My quote was originally from Ebenezer Scrooge saying “You keep Christmas in your way and let me keep it in mine!” from Alistar Sim’s famous A Christmas Carol.

This post has nothing to do with Christmas so if you’re in need of…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on January 23, 2012 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Fierce Footwork Fridays!

For fun ballet and diabetes videos, photos and blog posts check me out at A Diabetic Ballerina

I thought it would be fun to have a regular dance and diabetes related photo from rehearsal every Friday! So here is my first one.

I never have talked about my tattoo but here it is. It's my medical alert bracelet that is stuck with me for life, just like diabetes. On one side it says "Type 1 Diabetic" and the other…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on January 20, 2012 at 7:58pm — 5 Comments

How to Make a Diabetic Ballerina

If you're itching for more diabetes and ballet in semi-perfect harmony check out my Blog at A Diabetic Ballerina You'll also be able to find my video for this blog! Enjoy!

Hello fabulous people!

I've had people ask me what factors go in to making a professional dancer as well as how to manage my diabetes effectively. Here are just a few snippets of what I do on a daily basis to keep myself healthy to continue…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on January 14, 2012 at 8:08am — No Comments

Little Catherine is growing up...but only by a little

For super adorable pictures of me a silly little kid as well as all my videos, pictures and other pretty things check out my blog at A Diabetic Ballerina

Little Catherine is growing up...but only by a little

Happy New Year fabulous people! I hope you enjoyed my Ireland video and are ready for some fresh blogging. I can’t believe it’s 2012 now. I have overcome so much in the past year and this new year feels like…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on January 9, 2012 at 8:11am — No Comments

Diabetes Christmas Presents

For full colorful photos, videos and all things diabetes and dance check out my blog at http://dancethrubeetus.blogspot.com/

Diabetes Christmas Presents!

Merry Christmas to all!

Since the festive season is upon us I thought it would be fun to share some "Christmas Presents" with all my fabulous diabetic friends. Here are some random little tips and tricks that I've picked up over the past year. If you have any nuggets of…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on December 11, 2011 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

Marsha, Marsha...Marsha!

For totally awesome photos and yummy looking marshmallows check out my full blog at http://dancethrubeetus.blogspot.com/

Marsha, Marsha...Marsha!

Why am I jumping for joy shouting the name Marsha? I’ll tell you why! After my abusive relationship with my Omnipod Scotty ended yesterday I have added a new friend to my team of diabetes technology. Her name is Marsha and she is an Animas One Touch Ping. I got started using ContactD…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on December 7, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

My very first interview!

Ginger Vieira interviewed me for blog on Living in Progress and I thought you guys would like to check it out as well! Ginger makes me look good for sure!

http://living-in-progress.com/2011/12/dancing-ballerina-with-type-1-diabetes/

Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on December 5, 2011 at 1:47pm — 7 Comments

Breaking up is hard to do, a farewell letter.

For the full fantastic experience, awesome photos and videos check out my site at http://dancethrubeetus.blogspot.com/

Breaking up is hard to do. Especially when you’re a lifesaving medical device.

Dear Scotty my little Omnipod,

We’ve been together 10 months so in terms of insulin pumps we haven’t had too long of a relationship. You’ve been with me all along when I was new and scared. You made it easy to insert my cannula…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on December 2, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Explaining what Diabetes feels like to Non-D Folk

Hey everyone!

To see my full blog filled with goofy photos and videos check it out at http://dancethrubeetus.blogspot.com/

Everyone always asks me "Diabetes? What's that? What is it like having diabetes?" Sometimes I pretend I'm a Certified Diabetes Educator and pull out my trusty white board and flashcards but that doesn't seem to get many good responses. It's like I am speaking Swahili, which I can't.

So, I thought up…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on November 30, 2011 at 12:17pm — 6 Comments

World Diabetes Day with My Mom

Hey Everyone, for photos and videos check out my full blog at http://dancethrubeetus.blogspot.com/

Diabetes awareness month is still in full swing and since my Mother came to visit me during World Diabetes Day I thought I would interview her. Everybody asks how we as diabetics feel about our disease but what about our Moms?

http://youtu.be/jO5udHS0Ruo

Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on November 18, 2011 at 8:22pm — 1 Comment

What's Big, Blue and Awesome? World Diabetes Day!

For my full blog with pictures and goodies check me out at http://dancethrubeetus.blogspot.com/

Good evening everyone!

I finally have an evening to relax and reflect on Diabetes Awareness month as well as the whirlwind of World Diabetes Day. It was my very first Diabetes Awareness month. I think about myself one year ago and I remember that I was already beginning to feel ill from what turned out to be Type 1 Diabetes. How far…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on November 16, 2011 at 8:15pm — No Comments

What do you see on stage with your diabetes?

Of course you can always check out my full blog with pictures at http://dancethrubeetus.blogspot.com/

Backstage Blogging

Last week was my company's first show of the season. It was called Duos and it was a collection of 5 duos to signify the 5 years my company has been running. Nothing like an anniversary season!

Since I had my surgery on my ankle recently I wasn't able to make rehearsals for this first show. So, my way of…

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Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on November 9, 2011 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

You Can Do This!!!!

It was my first time doing a video blog!!! Hence the nervousness!

Here's my story and remember, you can do this!
http://youtu.be/H5_SD61bF7Q

Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on November 7, 2011 at 10:12am — No Comments

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