Letters to Banting

These excerpts "Letterthought to Federick Banting" are from Rachel Morgan's debut poetry collection, Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey.

Ugandan T1D Warrior Turned Change-maker

When I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 19, I felt my life had hit a dead end and I would never amount to anything in life.

Former Miss Idaho Cycles Entire US

“I don't think young women have permission to love ourselves,” Sierra said during a recent conversation with Beyond Type 1. “And I think girls need a reminder that it's okay to be nice to yourself, and it's okay to love yourself.”

T1D and Parental Guilt: A Child’s Reflection

I’m here to explore parental guilt from my shoes: the child for whom the parents felt guilt. One emergency room visit and many doctors’ appointments later and my parent’s seemingly “happy and healthy” 17-year-old was diagnosed with T1D and Celiac Disease.

The Unicorn Frappuccino Diabetes Meme: An Appraisal

Of course, blaming memes for getting the facts wrong is like blaming a puppy for being a quadruped. Distortion and performed ignorance contribute to what makes memes funny. Expecting intellectual rigor from Internet humorists is naive, and a little sententious.

Diabetes and Fear

My initial response to my diagnosis was to deny that I had diabetes. The theory being: what doesn't exist can’t hurt me. It took time and courage to realize that the only thing standing in the way of me accepting my condition was fear.

On T1D and Manhood

For the most part it seems like men with T1D try to “tough guy” their way through this disease. So here I am, extending an olive branch to all my Type-1 bros to say this: It doesn’t make you less of a man to be vulnerable about your diabetes. In fact, accepting yourself for who you are may be the manliest thing you can do.

Mason Wants Dessert — A Story in Pictures

We will spare you the stalling, little bits of tears and sister holding brother's hand. Pain is not something you get used to especially when you are a kid.

The Wind River Project Documentary

A short film, The Wind River Project, follows three climbers with Type 1 diabetes (Matt Spohn, Steve Richert and Blake McCord) as they ascend the remote Titcomb Basin in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.

“And Me, Mommy?”

How do you let your children know that no matter how much time and attention you MUST devote to their sibling that they matter just as much? How do you relay this when your actions tell them something much different?

High Blood Sugars & DKA — Spells Danger

As I trudge through the valley known as T1D one thing has become alarmingly clear – DKA is very dangerous. A high blood sugar mixed with a high A1C and ketones and you have created a very dangerous scenario.

My First Year with T1D

The silver lining was my first A1C check. I went from an 11.7 on day of diagnosis to a 5.7. That day I remembering thinking that I was going to show Type 1 who was boss. How naïve I was.

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.

Be Brave

I don’t know what to say to people when they ask, "How are you?" because they probably expect a one-word answer, not a monologue about medical technology, diabetes care and some serious sleep deprivation.

You Are What You Are

Making medical debris into art, turns hate into love; shots into feathers, needles into armor. Making art transforms my biggest challenge into something strong, and positive and life affirming.