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Quinn's book, "If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?" is available here! It's her personal story of living with type 1 diabetes. Nystrom's journey chronicles her real life experiences of figuring out how to live a "normal" life with a chronic disease. Quinn's wish with this book is, "I'm hoping this book will provide courage and faith for your journey as it has my own." 
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For the past 20 years, Quinn Nystrom has shared her story of living with type 1 diabetes to audiences across the country. As the National Youth Advocate for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) she spent a year traveling across the country to diabetes camps, convention halls, the White House, corporate offices and the United States Congress. Her message was simple: "We must find a cure for diabetes and provide support and care for the millions of people living with the disease." 

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Quinn continues to lobby for increased diabetes funding with lawmakers and works closely with the ADA at the national, state and local levels. She fights tirelessly to stop diabetes discrimination in the workplace and schools and trains diabetes advocates for “Call to Congress”, a national diabetes event in Washington, DC. These longstanding partnerships allow her to be a formidable force in the battle against diabetes.

She has been the keynote speaker for a Fortune-500 company in New York City, educated hundreds of people at a Health and Human Services Conference and raised critical funds for diabetes. In July 2011 she was honored to throw out the first pitch at the Minnesota Twin’s Game at Target Field in recognition of her work in raising diabetes awareness. She's been featured nationally on XM Radio, Glamour Magazine, MSN, and The Learning Channel (TLC).

Her company, Qspeak, allows her to speak, advocate, consult, and raise funds for diabetes. Nystrom has her own non-profit foundation, “dateline diabetes”, which provides hope, support and mentors for young people recently diagnosed with diabetes. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Diabetes Association and chairs the Advocacy Committee. Quinn was the youngest recipient for the prestigious ADA Star Award, in recognition of her work on behalf of diabetes.

She is an energetic speaker who has inspired, informed and entertained her audiences.


Quinn's Speaking Topics

General Audience

Diabetes: Learning to Live with Purpose and Passion

Life is a series of reactions to unpredictable circumstances. Quinn was 13 years old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a chronic disease with no cure. Life was over until she met other kids at a diabetes camp living large despite the disease. She dedicated herself to finding a cure for the disease and improving the lives of those surviving with diabetes and discovered a life full of purpose and passion.

Health Care Professionals and Caregivers

Diabetes Truth Talk: Myths & Facts About Life with a Chronic Illness

Diabetes is growing at alarming rates around the world, and health care professionals are struggling to keep up with the latest treatment developments. How can you provide the best care for your patients? By learning the latest information about this rapidly changing disease that affects over 29 million Americans.

Young Children / Parents / Schools

Diabetes Daze... a primer for young children

Young children diagnosed with diabetes realize that life has changed drastically. They often don't know why. This straight forward presentation for kids will help them understand what has happened in their world and what they can do about it.

Teenagers with Diabetes

Life in the fast lane... driving, dating & diabetes

It's tough enough to be a teenager. Add a chronic disease and life seems almost impossible. Balancing twin loads of peer and parental pressure while managing a disease requires negotiation and compromise. A frank discussion for teens on how to make it work.

Families Affected by Diabetes

Catch me if you can... coping and caring for your child with diabetes

A chronic illness turns families upside down. When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, everyone struggles to find their footing. You’ll learn ways to empower and encourage your child to manage their disease. Build a solid foundation for your child to live a rich, productive life despite diabetes.

Eating Disorders & Type 1 Diabetes: A Complicated Relationship

Eating Disorders & Type 1 Diabetes: A Complicated Relationship

Living with type 1 diabetes is complicated enough, but then throw in a dual diagnosis of an eating disorder, and the management of the two becomes tricky. Eating disorders paired with diabetes can be a life-threatening combination. Learn about Quinn’s personal journey of seeking recovery, and how healthcare professionals can help guide and support their patients who present with both a chronic illness and an eating disorder.

>View Quinn's upcoming events below


National Youth Advocate

for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) - 2002


of motivational speaking company, Qspeak

President/Founder of Dateline Diabetes

a non-profit foundation that provides support and mentors for young people with diabetes

Board of Directors

American Diabetes Association MN (ADA)

2012 Top Ten Finalist

for Glamour Magazine & Sally Hansen’s “Best of You” contest, honoring inspirational women who are making a difference

Featured in “Four Women with Diabetes”

for the Center for Disease Control

Star of TLC’s “Pageant Perfect”

Youngest ever recipient of "Minnesota Star Award"

for outstanding contributions to the ADA - 2001

Featured Guest on “Dr. Radio” for Sirius XM

City Councilmember

Youngest member ever elected to Baxter City Council

2014 Dreamcatcher Award Winner

Lion's Club awarded this for outstanding service for diabetes awareness

Contributing Blogger

2015 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans

Minnesota Jaycees

2016 Advocacy Award

American Diabetes Association

National Diabetes Ambassador

Upcoming Events


Because Of Brandon


beCAUSE of Brandon: Fundraiser for Diabetes Education

Click here for more details on the event. 

Crosby, MN

American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)


Indianapolis, IN - August 4 - 6: Join Center for Change for an evening with author Quinn Nystrom 

When: Friday, August 4th, 7:00pm

Where: Marriott Indianapolis Downtown - Lincoln Room 

Pre-register by clicking here

Diabetes: Learning to Live with Purpose & Passion


Houston, TX: An evening hearing Quinn tell her story of life with type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder. The event will also feature Michael E. Berrett, PhD, CEDS Psychologist, CEO & Co-Founder, Center for Change. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., with light refreshments. No pre-registration is required.

Clinical Training: Eating Disorders & Type 1 Diabetes


Houston, TX: 8 a.m. - Noon: Eating Disorders & Type 1 Diabetes: A Complicated Relationship, Presented by Quinn Nystrom & 12 Core Principles in Treatment and Recovery from Eating Disorders and Related Illness, Presented by Michael E. Berrett, PhD, CEDS

Free Clinical Training for Professionals, must pre-register to reserve spot. To learn more:


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If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?

The New Book By Quinn Nystrom

Some people find their calling late in life. Quinn found hers at the age of 10, when her five-year-old brother, Will, was hospitalized with type 1 diabetes. She began knocking on neighborhood doors in her small northern Minnesota town to raise money for a cure for diabetes. Three years later she was diagnosed with diabetes and re-doubled her efforts.  In the last 20 years she has spoken to over 250,000 people. The book is a first-hand account of negotiating life with a chronic illness.

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