The BFF Guide to Type 1 Diabetes

I can do anything other kids can do. I just have to check my blood and bolus (take insulin) if I’m eating. I can ride my bike, play baseball, run, and do all those types of fun activities. Just please be patient with me if I need to take a break and check my blood sugar or have a snack.

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated globally on November 14 to raise awareness about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Join us in celebrating this incredible community all month long — and especially on WDD. Explore the different ways to get involved: by inspiring others, educating peers, getting creative, knowing your history and giving back.

Long-term Access for People with Type 1 Diabetes

Awareness is only the first step. To help turn the awareness into advocacy action, T1International – thanks to funds from Beyond Type 1 – created a resource for people around the world who want to advocate for better access to insulin, diabetes supplies, care or education.

From Despair

For the first time, someone helped me understand the goals I could attain, not the ones I would miss because of diabetes. It took one person to change my outlook on my entire life.

Rock Type 1 — Empowering T1D Kids to Climb

It was both challenging and emboldening. Over time, we came to view climbing as a vehicle to empower others with T1d to come together and embrace adventure.

Snowed in with the Type 1 Community

The storm that hit overnight was of epic proportions. In just 12 hours, our car was entirely covered, our road snowed in, and the glass door of our second story living room showed snow packed nearly to the top.

Meet The Dale Tribe!

When I first started documenting our family’s life on YouTube three and a half years ago, I had no idea what a ride I was in for.

Ari Got the Suga’

I was 16 and a novice diabetic when my great aunt from South Carolina visited my grandmother. Unlike most of my family, she was unaware of my new status. I had taken out my meter to check my blood sugar when she interrupted, “Ari, you got the suga’?…”

Help Get Answers for Jack!

8-year-old boy suffers a severe allergy to insulin, the life-saving medicine required for managing his Type 1 diabetes.

The “Good” in Good Glucos

Good Glucos, a Canadian glucometer company, is the only one of its kind with a giving model. That means the company gives back to consumers or people who need their product and can’t afford it. For every 12 test strip subscriptions they sell, they will give one, 12-month subscription to someone who qualifies.

What would Chanda do?

Having Type 1 diabetes, I have always struggled with the idea of feeling safe and confident in my own body – it is as if it is foreign to me at times, but I have never felt as empowered as I did immediately after my three days at Phoenix Children’s Hospital 13 years ago.

Making a Lasting Impression — A T1D Nurse’s Story

I will never forget the look on the face of the nurse who had poked my finger to test my blood sugar when the result popped up on the contraption I would become very acquainted with from that day forward. With wide eyes, she handed the meter to the doctor and put her hands over her mouth.

My Type 1 Diabetes and Greek Life

I decided it would be best to live at home for my first year and commute until my blood sugar was better controlled. I knew I had to find my home on campus. The first day of recruitment approached fast, and everyone was nervous. Everyone carried a small purse, but I had to have all of my necessities. I tried to keep my bag in the shade since the medications were not supposed to get hot. Going through recruitment is one of the most stressful, but amazing experiences.

Cleans for a Cure

Through fitness competitions and utilizing the Crossfit® community, Cleans for a Cure emphasizes the importance of physical health not only in T1D management but also in every day life.

10 Reasons Why this T1D Family is Stronger Together

We manage it differently, administer insulin differently, eat differently, exercise differently, and lead very different lifestyles. T1D management is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We each have figured out what works for us and what doesn’t. We also are in different phases in this disease — my dad being a seasoned veteran, my brother being a rookie, and me being experienced but still in the discovery stage.