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Dave and Amber with the Diabetes Dad
Episode 716th February 2022 • The Dave and Amber Show • David Kliff & Amber Clour
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In today’s episode, David and Amber will be talking with the Diabetes Dad, Tom Karlya.

Tom has been active in diabetes causes since his daughter, Kaitlyn, was diagnosed in 1992 at the age of two. His son Rob was also diagnosed in March of 2009 at the age of thirteen. He is the Co-Creator of, a site dedicated to supplying communities with information about the warning signs of diabetes. He has lectured internationally at numerous health professional conferences including; The American Association of Diabetes Educators, The Pediatric Endocrinology Nurses Society, The National School Nurses Association, JDRF’s Type One Summit, The International Diabetes Federation Conference, Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conferences in the UK and the US. 

He played a pivotal role in passing legislation in the United States regarding the awareness of the missed diagnosis of diabetes. He has also been instrumental advising a national initiative with the Beyond Type1 Foundation that has established awareness and education programs both in the US and abroad. He was awarded two Telly Awards in the Health Category for his video on the missed diagnosis of T1D which he wrote and produced, and also 14 other Telly Awards for various diabetes media outlets.  His mantra for himself and for others is; Just don't do nothing!

Stay tuned until the end of the episode, and join us on this journey to know more about the diabetes way!

[00:01 - 10:03] Opening Segment

  • Yay to our very first guest!
  • Tom shares to us who he is and what he does
  • A 911 Emergency: Kaitlyn is rushed to the hospital
  • If you don’t control it, it will control you

[10:04 - 17:53] How Parents should deal with their child’s diagnosis

  • Fears that Tom and his wife had as a parent
  • His children sharing her readings
  • Anybody in this world needs a back-up
  • Is it difficult to deal with them having this?
  • It’s not your disease, it’s your child’s
  • Teach them how to take care of themselves!

[17:54 - 24:20] You can’t protect your children from anything

  • Breathe more
  • You don’t need to learn all the answers
  • Don’t be too stressed about it
  • Teach your children to be strong
  • Be there when they need you
  • Know what you’re on in social media

[24:21 - 27:08] Some Rules to Live By

  • Do your homework
  • Yep, on literally anything
  • Make sure it works
  • Just don’t do nothing

[27:09 - 28:42] Closing Segment

  • How to connect with us.
  • Links below 
  • Final Words 

Tweetable quotes:

“The psyche of diabetes is just as important.” - Tom Karlya

“If your child is diagnosed, please stay off social media.” -  Tom Karlya

“We were not going to let diabetes stop us from anything.” -  Tom Karlya

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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