My Story My name is Krystal Boyea, I am from the small island Barbados in the Caribbean, and I have had type 1 diabetes since the age of ten. Growing up with diabetes in a community that does not have many people with type 1 and is heavily focused on type 2 was very difficult […]

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On September 3, 2013, the Helmsley Charitable Trust (HCT) announced a $4 million dollar grant to Dexcom in order accelerate the development of their new Gen6 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). The Community Managers of Glu, Bill Woods and Anna Floreen, took time to talk with Program Director Eliot Brenner and Trustee David Panzirer to learn […]


Recently, I spoke with Kelly Booth, a type 1 diabetes blogger at about diabetes complications. This topic  is something most people shy away from. Many think, “that won’t happen to me”  and most would be right. What I learned from Kelly has only made me smarter about the challenging disease we share. Bill: When […]


I was employed as a teacher at the college level for 34 years (1964-1997). I had complications with my diabetes and had to retire several years earlier than I had planned. Two years after retirement my health problem was resolved, but my former position was filled and I was no longer needed at the college […]

Day 5: The Bionic Break Up


Take a guess whether or not my blood sugar was in range when I woke up the morning of day 5. Go on, guess! If you have been following any of the previous articles about my Bionic Pancreas experience this is an easy question to answer. Every, and I mean every, day I have worn […]


I am on my second to my last day of the Beacon Hill Study of the Bionic Pancreas. It’s bittersweet already. I’ve become pretty fond of this device as it learns my eating patterns and overall insulin and Glucagon needs. The small doses of Glucagon are extremely helpful to keep me in “steady range”. I […]

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I really love sleeping with the Bionic Pancreas. Actually, let me rephrase that; I love waking up with my blood sugars in range thanks to the Bionic Pancreas. It does an amazing job overnight and into the morning, while I sleep, regulating my blood sugar levels. I woke up in the middle of the night […]

Transitioning to College


Transitions in life are never-ending. Life changes, we adapt. Diabetes happens, and we’re forced to adjust. College is a big transition step for the entire family. I recently sat down with Christina Roth, CEO and founder of the College Diabetes Network. What led you to start CDN? Were there challenges in college you faced? Honestly, […]


Blind dates are tough, especially when they are with the Bionic Pancreas. So was this a match made in heaven?  In my day 1 article I talked about patience and that, my friends, was the key takeaway from day 2. First, let’s set some expectations. The Bionic Pancreas needs to get to know me.  Yesterday […]

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In this video Bill talks about what he is feeling like minutes before he gets hooked up to the Bionic Pancreas for the first time.  Bill discusses his feelings right after he disconnects from his personal insulin pump and lets the Bionic Pancreas start doing all the work. Watch as Bill explains what the GlucoScout […]