mySugr logoClose side menu

Download and try it now!

  • Get it on Google Play
  • Download at the App Store
Language selection
English (US)
Language selection inactive
  • Selected English


  • Selected English (US)

    English (US)

Living with Diabetes

Diabetes Training Camp's Type 2 Boot Camp

4/6/2019 by Scott Johnson

Diabetes Training Camp's Type 2 Boot Camp

Diabetes is not something you have to face alone, even if you don't know anybody nearby with diabetes. There is SO much help and support out there – whole communities of people banding together to support and learn from each other. Here's one of them.

This week, I give you a summary of all the fun stuff I did at the new Type 2  Boot Camp from Diabetes Training Camp. During the event, we talked about diet and nutrition, and we learned and practiced some really dynamic exercise routines with instructors and professional athletes. Exercise is so crucial to managing blood sugars. Definitely check out the video to see how it went!


  • Introduction to DTC's Type 2 Boot Camp
  • Interviews and comments from campers and staff
  • Clips & highlights of some activities and exercises at camp
  • More to come!


Scott Johnson: Hey, welcome to another episode of “Live, with Scott!” Guess who has two thumbs and is running behind schedule today? This guy. But, I've got a very good reason for it. I have just returned from an amazing time at Diabetes Training Camp's Type 2 Boot Camp, and I collected a ton of information and videos that I'm excited to share with you today. And, I've been trying to crunch it all together, and I can only show you, like scratch the surface, on everything that I've got because I just ran out of time and there are so many amazing people that I met and talked with and were inspired by. I mean, I'm just kind of overflowing with, as the banners and posters at DTC's event say, the "magic of the event."

Scott Johnson: But, what an incredible event. So, without further ado, I want to just like dive right into a rough cut of some of the stuff and interviews and footage that I grabbed while I was there and then, we'll come back and talk about it a little bit, and they'll be plenty more to come after this. So, hang tight, we'll be right back.

Dr. Matt Corcoran: I'm the founder and director of Diabetes Training Camp and president of Diabetes Training Camp Foundation. We're hosting our first Type 2 Boot Camp produced by Diabetes Training Camp Foundation and really excited to be launching this new effort. Couldn't be happier that we're here. We want to be a lifestyle, fitness, and exercise resource for all people with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. And, I've noticed an incredible amount of toughness and resilience out of this crew of campers.

Dr. Matt Corcoran: So, yeah, I'm really impressed with the energy and the hunger for information, but yeah, that toughness and resilience really stand out to me.

Dr. Matt Corcoran: When I watch this group, it's what I was just referring to, that toughness and that resiliency and that ability to maybe get knocked down once or twice and get back up each time and tackle each day with diabetes to the best of their ability. To me, that's inspiring. That's what feeds this. That's the energy that drives it. That's the fuel that drives Diabetes Training Camp.

Dr. Matt Corcoran: We want to, and we'll continue to strive to be a year-round resource for the people living with diabetes both type 1 and type 2. So, we're gonna continue to expand upon our programs. We're expanding our reach in terms of teens with type 1, adults with type 1, now our type 2 community. And, we want to develop programming and resources that will continue to connect the community and educate the community throughout the year.

Tina Andrus: Well, my name is Tina Andrus. I'm a native Texan. A Texas girl. Go Cowboys! Now I'm living in Maryland for the past eight years. I was diagnosed with diabetes right before I had my first son at age 18, and at that time, nobody in the family talked about it. Although, it was like paternal and maternal. It was on both sides on the family, but nobody talked about it. I didn't take it seriously. I didn't take it seriously.

Tina Andrus: I was an avid tennis player. I love to walk, exercise, and when that became hard to do because of diabetes, it got my attention.

Tina Andrus: Having to take all my equipment with me, doing fingersticks, making sure I'm giving myself enough insulin so I don't go into hypoglycemia or I don't get a blood sugar that gets so high. And, in my head, I'm just saying, "Why am I going through this? Why I am I going through this?" It became easy sometimes to just say, "Forget it. I'm just not gonna deal with it."

Karen Tester: My name is Karen Tester. I was diagnosed in 2001. I was married at the time, and it was very scary because I went quickly from not being able to take metformin right over to insulin. The restrictiveness of it, and the fact that I worked an hour and a half away from where we lived, it wasn't conducive to... You know, I needed to prep more. I needed to pay attention more. But, for close to 17 years, I had just been neglecting myself.

Lisa Dominguez: My name is Lisa Dominguez. I'm from San Francisco. I'm one of those people that I help the world. I just don't help myself. And, diabetes was hard for me because it's like the last thing on my mind.

Butch Quick: Hi, I'm Butch Quick. Type 2 diabetic.

Butch Quick: Thriving with type 2 diabetes, not just living with it. I'm here at the Diabetic Training Camp that they created their first one for people with type 2, and it has been an incredibly exciting, inspiring weekend meeting other people who are also thriving, living, and learning to do better with this. To continue to thrive, you know, and rise above what this is.

Carrie Cheadle: There are sort of two pieces to this; one is recognizing the support that you need and then two is feeling empowered to ask for that support. So, one of the biggest things I see is, you know, when we think about that idea of support and social support, it's a buffer against stress. So, it's a really kind of significant piece in living with a chronic illness. Like, one of the things that are really challenging is that you, you don't ever get a day off. So, having as many buffers against that stress as possible is really important. So, one of the things that are challenging when we think about getting support is sometimes the support that we're being given in the moment isn't necessarily the support we're seeking..

Carrie Cheadle: However, sometimes that support that's being given might be the only type of support that person knows how to give. So, so, knowing... One of the important things to know is you need multiple people on your support team. You can't just rely on one person for all those different types of support cause we need emotional support and motivational support and informational support that you really do need a team around you in order to get all of those and to move away from the myth, "Well, if that person really loved me, they would know exactly what kind of support I need and the exact moment that I need it. And, it's just, unfortunately, not the way that it works so to really be okay with having multiple people on that support team and asking for the support that you need. So, that's a pretty... For me, that's a really significant one.

Carrie Cheadle: And, then another big one. You know, when you're living with diabetes, there's just... There's so much that you feel like is out of your control that um, it's so much out of your control that it really directly affects you it affects your life. So, because of that, really trying to shift your focus on the things that are that are in your control and the things that you can do instead of getting hooked and getting stuck with kind of thinking about and ruminating on the things that you can't do. So, really if you catch yourself in that moment of feeling hooked, ask yourself in that moment like, "Okay, is this something in my control or out of my control. If it's in my control, then what do I want to do about it. How can I address it? If it's out of my control, how can I let that go?" And, and really shifting gears back to things that are in your control because that's going to help you feel more motivated and confident in that moment. Yeah. Those are my tips.

Scott Johnson: Nice. That's great. Last question – thoughts on what you're seeing from the campers so far.

Carrie Cheadle: Oh man, these campers are great. I love camp, every camp. I just... It's such a fun, unique group every single time. It's just so much fun. It's so fun to see people like, you know, pushing themselves out of their comfort zone and doing things that they never thought that they would do and feeling excited about it. So, people that like, yeah, that never thought they would do something in one of the workouts or never thought that they would even want to or that they would be excited about doing a workout and looking forward to the next workout. So, like that part is just um... It's so much fun to see that and just so much fun to see how they come together as a group too. So, a lot of times, sometimes in our other camps, we'll do a closing circle. And, every once in a while, we'll talk about what are the highlights of the camp? What are you going to take away?

Carrie Cheadle: So, I do these welcome games in the beginning of the camp and it pushes people out of their comfort zones sometimes playing these games and I do icebreakers and stuff and they're like, "Well, you know, when Carrie first had us do our icebreakers, I was like, oh my God, I don't want to do this." And, then they talk about like, "That was actually my favorite part cause it brought us together as a community." So, I'm just... I love seeing that process of people...

Scott Johnson: Yeah.

Carrie Cheadle: ... kind of like feeling each other out, feeling this whole camp thing out. "Am I going to like this? I don't know about all these people. Is this going to be worth my money?" You know, all of the normal things that we think. So, watch from like that first moment and those first moments, watch that progression of, you know, now you hear them in there laughing and they're like... Then, I'm trying to get them together and they won't stop talking to each other so that I can do my lecture. So, like it's just... And, I love that because you get to see this process of them connecting with each other and coming together as their own community and learning from each other too, which is, I feel like, is just as important as, you know, them kind of coming in learning from all of the incredible staff, but really, it's the coming together and being with each other, and learning from each other, which is one of my favorite things.

Butch Quick: Was diagnosed when I was about 56, 57 years old. I've always been kind of active... in-line skating, rollerblading for those of you who aren't sure what in-line skating is, long distance, 30+ miles a day. Did trips like that all over Europe. And, then took up cycling. There too, I love doing century rides – 30 miles or less, I can't be bothered with it. It's just not my thing.

Butch Quick: And, I was doing that for years, and then I got diagnosed. My doctors told me it was just a matter of when, and the reason that it took so long for me to get it was because I was active, which is why I'm here to learn more about how to be more in front, in control, and make smarter and better choices with my fitness and nutrition.

Karen Tester: The fact that I can do any fitness at all, especially in the boots. I was really proud of myself. So, I made it through the three days. I did some things that oh I thought were going to make me pass out and I had to modify some things.

Karen Tester: But, I did it. I got through it. And, I want to do more of it.

Tina Andrus: I mean even with my um, my... It counts how many steps or what I do in a day. Even my watch is saying, "Woo Hoo! Wow, you showing out today. Wow. We've never seen you move like this." But, I am. I feel good. I'm not tired. I'm not tired at all.

Scott Johnson: That's awesome.

Lisa Dominguez: This program is actually going to change my life dramatically.

Scott Johnson: Yeah.

Lisa Dominguez: And, yes, it's a long way to come, but it's definitely worth it.

Steve (instructor): I want you to pick your legs up a little. In other words, pick up the speed. It's like there's a wind behind you. Yes, there you go! And, here's the next thing I want you to do. I want you to relax your shoulders and push down. Take a big breath. Blow it out.

Ryan (instructor): You know, it’s that good burn! A couple more trips, a couple more trips, okay. I know. I know. Everybody is doing such a great job. And breathe. Okay. Our last exercise... Yeah.

Scott Johnson: We just had an amazing, an amazing class. An amazing class. Ryan played professional soccer and he just taught us how to, how to work ourselves with an office chair. It was incredible. Incredible. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Karen Tester: I thank him (Dr. Corcoran) so much for, you know, just the information and in layman's terms.

Tina Andrus: It is super duper fun. I've had so much fun in all of my 47 years. I've had fun today. And, nobody said a thing about it. They just let us have fun. So, I hope this...

Group: Ride the bicycle. Here we go. Woo! Here we go!

Scott Johnson: I mean, okay, super rough cut of the video. I have so, so, so much more to share.

Scott Johnson: I was so inspired by all the people that I met there. For many of them, that was their first time being around other people with diabetes. And, that was something that was really surprising for me, especially as someone living with type 1 diabetes, we hear about all of the type 2 diabetes out in the world and growing up I went to many... , looking for the peer support that I needed and I went to one of these support groups and meetings, and this and that, and they were all for type 2 diabetes.

Scott Johnson: And, I thought in my head, like the world is made up of type 2 groups and so forth, but many of the people that I met at Diabetes Training Camp Type 2 Boot Camp had never, never encountered or met other people with type 2 diabetes and I think that that speaks a lot to the stigma that's out there and all of the things that we, in the diabetes community as a whole, need to work together to try and fix and bring everyone together. I learned so much from all the people there and taught people there. We all have so much to learn from one another.

Scott Johnson: Take, for example, Butch, who was diagnosed in the middle, you know, in his 50's as he is doing 30-mile-a-day rollerblading in-line skating and century bike rides and breaks just about every stereotype of type 2 diabetes that exists out there. We'll bring, we'll bring Butch on a Facebook Live episode to talk more about his story. You know, he's looking for type 2 diabetes peer groups in his area that he can connect with them and learn from. So, we are going to hear more about his story.

Scott Johnson: Tina, who is tired of diabetes getting in the way of doing the things that she loves. Karen and Lisa and Cheryl and so many others who, like these are... I meet so many people who thought that they couldn't do these things that they did. They did things that they thought they never could do before, and now they are coming out of this experience, thanks to Diabetes Training Camp and the great trainers at the JCC where the event was held, they got a whole new outlook on life. And, it was really magnificent to watch just an inpouring of information coming from many different perspectives. So, there was medical information about diabetes, exercise physiology information and how diabetes and exercise, as well as athletic and pure basic exercise physiology, work coming in from experts in the field, Rob Powell. There were diabetes and nutrition information sessions from Molly and Lyndsay. Molly leads our coaching program here at mySugr and has been involved with Diabetes Training Camp for many years. She started as a camper and fell in love with it and got involved at a team level. Then, the mental skill aspect of it with Kristi and Carrie.

Scott Johnson: So, for me, the mental skills part is one of the most important parts, and if I don't have my head on straight, then I can't do anything else right, and so the segment with Carrie Cheadle talking about building the support team and being brave enough to ask. First of all, recognize the support that you need and ask for the support that you need. It was a treat to me to be able to experience that and fun to hear the other staff mention, you know, we would come out of a session with Carrie and they would say, "How was it to get Cheadle'd?" And, talk about that that would really sink in over the next few days or weeks to follow, and I can absolutely agree with that. You know, that that's definitely the case. So, I have tons, tons more to share. I will continue kind of combing through all the video that I captured.

Scott Johnson: The class with the office chair. I mean, where else are you going to find Ryan, the instructor, he played professional soccer in Europe for 10 years, and there he was, teaching a roomful of people living with diabetes how to have an amazing workout with nothing more than an office chair. The experiences that Diabetes Training Camp brought to us was remarkable, and I think it's something that everyone living with diabetes should have a chance to experience and, as you heard Dr. Matt Corcoran talk about in the beginning of the video, that they are in the early steps and early stages, but they are working very hard to make that possible, and that is part of why of I wanted to bring as much of the program as I could to you.

Scott Johnson: I have much more to share. I am going to be going to as many of their camps and programs as possible encourage you to take a look and see if you can get there. They recently started the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation so that they can bring scholarships to as many people as possible as well. So, take a look. Get out there if you can. They are doing camps for people with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, teen camps. As Dr. Matt mentioned, they are really working to be a resource for people with diabetes around the world.

Scott Johnson: So, with that, next week we have another fun episode. We're bringing Ryan Reed back to talk about what he's been up to and what's coming next for him. So, be sure to tune in for that. And, as usual, this episode is sponsored by the mySugr bundle. Get unlimited strips, automatic supply refills, personalized support, and more, all for just forty-nine dollars per month. So, yeah. A pleasure hanging out with you again. Thank you for tuning in, and have another amazing day, and we'll see you next week.

The mySugr website does not provide medical or legal advice. mySugr blog articles are not scientific articles, but intended for informational purposes only.

Medical or nutritional information on the mySugr website is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a physician or health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Scott Johnson

Almost famous for his addiction to Diet Coke, Scott has lived well with diabetes for almost forty years and is currently the Patient Engagement Manager, USA for mySugr. He's been an active pioneer in the diabetes social media space for more than fifteen years and manages his award-winning blog, when time allows.