AMBER

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Amber Clour was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. 21 days after her eighth birthday, she was rushed to Children’s Hospital where she spent two weeks learning how to live life with Type 1 diabetes. She has embraced the thought of being a #walkingscienceproject and hopes to score an A+ on her efforts to maintain a stable BG while living life to the fullest – whatever that means.

Her life has been filled pursuing her passion for art, non-profit ventures and travel. In 2015 she stepped down as Executive Director for a community artspace and gallery to pursue her drive to co-found the DiabetesDailyGrind.com. She often says, “Art is my passion, but diabetes is my life“. Amber’s – no filter – approach to sharing her story gives an honest look into her daily life in hopes of letting others know they aren’t alone on this T1D journey.

On January 28th, 2016, Amber celebrated her 32nd “Diaversary”. When diagnosed she never thought she would reach this milestone with her eyesight and all of her toes. Amber’s outlook on life is much different from the earlier doom-and-gloom years spent hating the world because of the disease.  Even though life as a T1D is challenging, she attributes much of her success to dealing with the struggles. Amber lives life to the fullest and enjoys time with close friends and family, red wine, long walks, decorating magazines, and new cooking adventures.

As she continues on the path to help PWDs, the day after National Diabetes Day 2016, she embarked on a new chapter as Membership Director for the FIRST Maps 3 Adult Wellness Center (Healthy Living OKC). This position allows her to share her journey with diabetes while partnering with NUMEROUS health organizations to better the lives of the 3,700+ members of this facility, all age 50 and beyond.

Amber's Most Popular Blogs

Life Lessons I’d Whisper To My Newly Diagnosed Self

 

Rolling into the second half of my 34th year of living with Type 1 diabetes, I can’t help but reflect on what has led me to my current state of T1D affairs. It wasn’t until meeting fellow Diabetes Daily Grind co-founder, Ryan, that I began talking about my life with the disease. This journey has brought on an incredible number of “ah-ha” moments, recognition of suppressed anger and “moving on” milestones.  Continue reading

A Stroll Through My Life Of Low BG Reactions

Over the past three years of binge reading other PWD’s posts and interviewing people who live with diabetes, the common theme has been our ability to recognize low BGs changes over time. In my adolescent years, my nose would feel numb and I would get shaky. At that point in my life I was checking my BG every once in awhile so my body took the reigns and made sure I knew something wasn’t right. It was all about trial and error – I feel woozy and am shaking so I would down a packet of honey or four and start to feel better. Continue reading

Does Diabetes Phantom Pain Really Exist?

I’m completely aware I sound crazy, but I’ve experienced a new diabetes scenario since jumping on board with the Dexcom G5. I want to be clear as I stated in a recent post, Losing My T1D Technology Virginity, the insertion of the device did not/does not hurt so this recent discovery had me questioning how my mind is processing a foreign object/device being attached to me… Continue reading

Our Escape From The 2017 Diabetes “Naughty” List

As many of us do as the holidays approach, we reflect on what we were forced to learn, or turned a blind eye to. I’m not just focusing on everyday stuff, but on my diabetes management or lack there of. I ask myself – Did I diligently count carbs? Did I do my best to stay on top of my numbers? Was I honest at the doctor’s office? At the end of the day it doesn’t matter, the past is behind me and it’s time to focus on the future and how I can hopefully stay off of Santa’s diabetes naughty list for next year. Continue reading