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 and Real Life Diabetes Podcast. 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, 2018, Amber celebrated her 35th “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 with diabetes 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, 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 Associate 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 4,200+ members, all age 50 and beyond.

Amber's Most Popular Blogs

Podcast 60: An Inspiration To The T1D Community | Lauren Bongiorno


I’ve taken the Real Life Diabetes podcast on the road and just spent a fabulous, BUT way too short amount of time in Scottsdale, Arizona. What better way to kickoff this epic adventure than attending a Beyond Type 1 meet up?  I am thrilled to publish Podcast 60 with one of the Beyond Type 1 hostesses, Lauren Bongiorno, virtual Diabetic Health Coach, Entrepreneur, and Author of the Diabetic Health Journal. Continue reading

Podcast 59: There Are No Words For This T1D Trailblazer | Maria Rose Belding

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After a tip from my sister and a little friendly stalking, I scored a killer interview with CNN Heroes award recipient, Maria Rose Belding. Above and beyond her work providing food for people in need, she is surpassing her goals while juggling life with Type 1 diabetes. In this episode she shares her passion to serve others while not letting T1D slow her down. Continue reading

A Look Back at What I Learned and/or Overcame in 2018

It has been over a year since I last shared a post, but with two snow days I had plenty of time to reflect on what the past year has taught me. 2018 was full of new challenges, many of which were diabetes related. After 35+ years of living with T1D, you would think I’ve dealt with it all, but that is not the case. Below are a few highlights, lessons learned and things to ponder.

    • I became a Dexcom Warrior and had the privilege of trying the new G6 before it was released to the public.
    • I shared my T1D story, per the request of the Oklahoma Diabetes Legislative Caucus, to insurance providers in an effort to change future coverage for people living with the disease. It worked. Report to follow in a future post with my testimony.

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Podcast 58: Going For The Gold | Future Olympian, Kate Hall


Kate Hall, is like many of us in the diabetes community – unstoppable and she decided early on that Type 1 diabetes won’t keep her from pursuing her dreams. She is an inspiration to us all and does a phenomenal job sharing her story on the road to becoming a 2020 Olympian.

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Podcast 57: Hot Topic of the Times – The Price Of Insulin | Bram Sables-Smith


After a long hiatus, I’m back and doing my best to use new technology… I chose to kickoff this new wave of podcasts with a “hot topic“, insulin affordability and accessibility. The DOC (diabetes online community) has been harping on this for ages, but as the topic is now international news after a recent wave of “published” deaths due to insulin rationing, it was time to chat with the author of Insulin’s High Cost Leads To Lethal Rationing, Bram Sables-Smith.

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