Life with Type 1 Stories


Comedian Samara Suomi Embraces Diabetes on Stage

We've all heard ignorant jokes about diabetes, so what happens when a comedian with Type 1 diabetes takes the stage? MORE

“Chronic Hope: Raising a Child with Chronic Illness with Grace, Courage, and Love” Book Review

In her new book, Bonnie O’Neil manages to perfectly capture what it is like raising a child with a Type 1 diabetes.MORE
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Putting Inhaled Insulin to the Test

I'm using Afrezza's inhaled insulin to manage my type 1 diabetes. Here's how it's going...MORE
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Our Community Shares Why They Get Vaccinated Against the Flu and COVID-19

Never experienced the basic flu with type 1 diabetes? Even with high survival rates it can be dangerous and terrifying, like COVID-19.MORE

T1D Kids Summer Survival: How to Thrive Out of Routine

It’s true that diabetes feels more manageable with routine, but that doesn’t mean a summer of fun and adventure is out of the question!MORE
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Making Broadway More Accessible With JP Qualters

JP Qualters shares his experience on Broadway as a person living with Type 1 diabetes and his aspirations for the theater industry.MORE

3 Things Every T1D Parent Should Know (That Your Endo Hasn’t Told You)

These three cornerstones are useful advice for a T1D caregiver no matter where they are in their diabetes journeyMORE
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Rachael’s Story: My Stage 4 Diabetic Retinopathy Went Undiagnosed for Years

Rachael's eye doctor missed the earlier stages of diabetic retinopathy because he wasn't doing certain tests.MORE
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Bethany’s Story: My Eye Started Bleeding the Day My First Child Was Born

With 40 years of type 1 diabetes under her belt, Bethany shares her experience with laser treatments for retinopathy.MORE

Why Type 1s Need to Advocate for Type 2s

Rifts exist between the T1D and T2D communities, which is why T1Ds like health coach Kelly Dawes believes more Type 1s need to advocate for people with Type 2. MORE

Navigating Addiction While Living with Type 1 Diabetes

"Drugs have a way of making everything in your life take a backseat to them..." But what happens when Type 1 diabetes can't take a backseat?MORE

Checking in with American Idol’s Ava August

The youngest contestant on this season of American Idol talks to Beyond Type 1 about her career and performing with T1D.MORE

More Than a Diabetic: Eritrea Mussa Khan

Eritrea Mussa Khan is the newest co-host of the podcast Diabetics Doing Things. She recently sat down with Beyond Type 1 to discuss the podcast, identity, and diabetes.MORE

The Scherb Method for Weight Loss and Activity: The T1D Gas Tank

Understanding the "T1D Gas Tank" as it relates to your total daily dose can help you not only to lean out but also to stay in greater blood sugar control.MORE

16 Years Later, Here’s What My Childhood with T1D Taught Me

When I was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I remember being sent to the hospital for five days. One of the first questions I asked...MORE

Survivor’s Guilt: Losing My Brother to DKA

I should've told my sister-in-law over and over again how important it was to pay attention to his health and get him treatment immediately if he was sick. Death from DKA is preventable, and I kn...MORE

My Decision to Get Screened for T1D

Jorge Aguilar's mom has had T1D for his entire life; he explains his decision to be screened for T1D antibodies and offers advice to others who are considering being screened.MORE

It Took a Pandemic for Me to Switch to an Insulin Pump

I had considered one before, but it wasn’t until COVID-19 struck that I decided I needed to reinvestigate an insulin pump for my health.MORE

Why This Picture Makes My Mother Emotional

Esi Akyere Mali Snodgrass was thrilled to construct a Hansel and Gretel like gingerbread house, she never thought about the building's materials until now. MORE

Diabetes Doesn’t Have Me

Jasmine reflects on her journey with Type 1 and how her diagnosis led to summiting Mt. Whitney with other diabetes community members.MORE

A Thank You to Diabetes

Felicia discusses how Type 1 diabetes has challenged her and what she's taken from her experiences living with the disease since being diagnosed. MORE

Letters to Banting

Historian, Brittany McWilliams, looks to understand Dr. Banting's incredible contribution through the numerous postcards children sent to him in the early years after the discovery of insulin.MORE

At What Cost? The Impact of Diabetes on Your Budget, Part 3

We’re digging into the impact that living with Type 1 diabetes has on your money. In Part 3, one month in DC on a $67,000 annual salary.MORE

The Keto Diet Isn’t For Everyone — A T1D Perspective

Christel Oerum discusses her experience on the keto diet with Type 1 diabetes. MORE

What I Wish People Knew About Type 3c Diabetes

Most people I converse with have never heard of my type, and that’s okay. Since my diagnosis, I have found a passion for educating the general public and the diabetes community about type 3c and wha...MORE

Going Virtual: The Future of Diabetes Care

Ashlyn Mills talks to Beyond Type 1 about her experience with seeing an endocrinologist virtually through DreaMed Diabetes. MORE

From Coping to Healing (And Everything in Between) — An Interview with Michelle Bauer

Michelle Bauer sits down with Beyond Type 1 to discuss her newest book, Jesse Was Here (More Lasagna, Please): Feeding the Soul of a Grieving Mother. MORE

A Second Questionable Pancreas

Collie talks about what it was like to raise a son with Type 1 diabetes and then get diagnosed with Type 1 herself.MORE

Diabetes and Reality TV, with Marcus LaCour from Say I Do

Netflix's "Say I Do" is a reality show about surprise dream weddings, but its first episode showcased something we don't often see in reality TV - Type 1 diabetes.MORE

Seeing the Signs + Learning to Thrive with T1D

Eoin Costelloe (Insuleoin) talks about his Type 1 diagnosis and how he learned to thrive in his new life as a T1D.MORE

Q&A with T1D Musician Austin James

Austin James sits down with Beyond Type 1 to discuss his experiences with Type 1 diabetes and music.MORE

Watch Type 1 Diabetes on Netflix

When was the last time you saw a positive portrayal of diabetes on screen? Our critic considers two Netflix shows featuring people with Type 1 diabetes.MORE

At What Cost? The Impact of Diabetes on Your Budget, Part 2

In this series, we’re digging into the impact that living with diabetes has on your money. This time, one month in London, Ontario on a $17,537 salary.MORE

Incorporating a Latinx Lens for Mental Health

To explore and learn more about disparities and the way our mental health is being addressed nowadays, I spoke with Rosalie Aguilar, project coordinator for the Salud America! program at University of...MORE

How Coming Out Helped Me Accept My T1D Diagnosis

There is a feeling of isolation — that once I ‘disclose’ who I am I will forever be ‘branded’ by others. But coming out had prepared me for this journey.   MORE

Brec Bassinger of ‘Stargirl’ Talks CGMs, Superheroes, and Acting

On the newest episode of Diabetes Connections, host Stacey Simms talks to Brec Bassinger – the star of CW's 'Stargirl.'MORE

Lauren Cox: The First Player with Type 1 Diabetes in the WNBA

Lauren Cox was drafted third overall in the 2020 WNBA draft and is the first ever professional women’s basketball player with Type 1 diabetes.MORE

Celebrating the First Commercial Pilot with Type 1 Diabetes

This Spring, Pietro Marsala made history as the very first insulin-dependent pilot to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly commerciallyMORE

How can we be better allies?

How can white people with diabetes use our experiences with advocacy to be better advocates for Black people in the United States?MORE

At What Cost? The Impact of Diabetes on Your Budget, Part 1

In this new series, we’re digging into the impact that living with Type 1 diabetes has on your money. First up, one month in Pembroke, New Hampshire on a $44,000 salary, with Type 1 diabetes.MORE

Next Level Management: Understanding DreaMed’s Technology

DreaMed's algorithm takes a different approach to diabetes management. For Cameron and her family, this has made all the difference.MORE

Protect Your Loved Ones: A Husband’s Perspective on T1D and COVID-19

Jorge opens up about how he came to realize the seriousness of COVID-19 and the steps he is taking to protect his family.MORE

Get Help From Home: What Coronavirus Can Teach Us About Telehealth

Telehealth is an untapped resource that could prove helpful in lightening the load when it comes to providing necessary healthcare in the midst of COVID-19 and beyond.MORE

Living with an Invisible Illness During a Pandemic

From well-meaning people, I’ve heard a lot of “everyone will be fine, only the sick and elderly are going to be hit hard.” I imagine they're not thinking about who is on the other end of th...MORE

Between Two Lines: Tackling Type 1 With Humor

Levi Davenport recently created a video series titled "If Blood Sugar Could Talk," in an attempt to personify pesky blood sugars. His Youtube channel "Between Two Lines" offers hum...MORE

The Power in Numbers:’s Affordable Insulin For All Movement

As insulin prices continue to increase in the United States, is equipping those affected with the tools to speak out.MORE

Mental Health + Coping with Coronavirus

Dr. Mark Heyman, PhD, CDE shares some insight into good practices in the midst of concerns about coronavirus and its impact on mental health.MORE

Sharing My Journey

Janae talks about her opening up about T1D for the first time online, and how she knew it was important to provide a perspective as a woman of color.MORE

Gary Forbes: Besting Diabetes on the Basketball Court

Rob Howe interviewed Gary Forbes, a former NBA player with Type 1 diabetes, who still plays professionally overseas.MORE

Diagnosis + Diabulimia: QiQi’s Journey

Eating disorders aren't discussed much in the diabetes world. Qiana shares her story about diabulimia to normalize the discussion about eating disorders. MORE

How to Choose an Endo

Choosing the right endocrinologist to fit your lifestyle is not always an easy task, but don't be afraid to look around and advocate for yourself.MORE

Non-Binary + T1D: The World of Cpunk

Sam reflects on finding the cpunk community and how open others were to embracing their diabetes and non-binary identity.MORE

Not a Choice: Being Type 1 + Transgender

O.C. talks about the similarities of living with both Type 1 diabetes and being transgender, and the unexpected hope that lies in realizing those.MORE

How the Kindness of Strangers Saved One Boy’s Life

Gahan is eight years old and lives in a small village outside Bangladesh. Thanks to donations, Life for a Child is able to provide Gahan with what he needs.MORE

Mommy Beeps: Parenting as a Type 1

Kim reflects on interactions with her sons and the difficulties of explaining chronic illness to young ones, which is what led to her writing the children's book, "Mommy Beeps."MORE

My Dos and Don’ts for People Without Diabetes

Erika Szumel gives us her essentials dos and don'ts guide for those living without diabetes, so that they might better understand what's appropriate.MORE

Becoming Whole Again: Type 1, Technology + Resilience

Guneet Kaur created a multimedia zine (pronounced "zeen") to tell the story of her life with diabetes and celiac, and the impact her culture and community has had.MORE

Invincible: The T1D App for Teaching Caregivers

Bob Weishar, founder of Invincible, saw the need to teach non-healthcare personnel at schools all about T1D and how to best support their students.MORE

Is Sharing Diabetes Numbers Online Harmful?

In the newest episode of Diabetes Connections, Stacey takes time to personally reflect on our society's need to share everything – and why this might be detrimental when it comes to diabetes nu...MORE

My Father’s Disease

Sam talks about his father's life with diabetes and how his eventual diagnosis brought the two closer together than ever before.MORE

Technology For My Lifestyle: An Eversense Review

Megan Casey has found that the implantable Eversense CGM is her best bet when it comes to diabetes management because it fits her lifestyle.MORE

On Falling in Love + Climbing Mountains with Diabetes

Siobhan reflects on how she decided to get back to nature and how against the odds, she found someone wonderful to share her travels with.MORE

Life with T1D: A Gamer’s Take

DJ is a content creator living with Type 1 diabetes. In his spare time, he hosts video game streams and has connected with a number of other T1Ds as a result.MORE

Letting Go of the Way Things Were

Bonnie shares an excerpt from the book she is writing for parents of a child with chronic illness. Through narrative and reflection, the book weaves a story of hope amidst the challenges of raising a ...MORE

Making It Look Easy

Growing up, I didn’t understand my grandfather’s diabetes, but I knew it was as much a part of his life as his career in the law. It wasn’t until a decade after his passing, when I was serving a...MORE

Marathon Running + T1D: A True Balancing Act

On the newest episode of Diabetes Connections, Stacey talks to Mike Greenberg, a member of the Beyond Type Run 2019 Marathon Team. Michael discusses completing his first marathon, his love of comic bo...MORE

Watch SWEET YOYO – A Short Film About Type 1 Diabetes

After two years of winning awards at international festivals, Sweet Yoyo, a short film about a child with Type 1 Diabetes, is now available streaming online for the first time ever.MORE

City of Hope’s World Diabetes Day Panel

On November 14th, World Diabetes Day, City of hope hosted an hour-long Facebook Live broadcast titled "Celebrating World Diabetes Day: Journey Toward a Cure,” hosted by Beyond Type 1 cofounde...MORE

When Burnout + Exhaustion Is All You Can Muster

Stacey Obrecht shares some raw + honest words about the moments when all she has is tiredness + ill will for her son's Type 1.MORE

The T1D Guide to Running Your First Marathon

So, you have T1D and you want to run a marathon? You’re in luck! Alexi just did and shares her tips and tricks.MORE

Coping With Fear of Hypoglycemia

This panel features opinions from a psychologist, CDE and patient regarding fears of hypoglycemia and ways they can be assuaged -- one of which involves having tools at your disposal. MORE

This Year’s Gear

The 2019 Beyond Type Run team has support from some amazing brands this year. Check out what this T1D team is sporting to reach their full potential on the course.MORE

The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom: A Book Review

Stacey Simms has recently added a new title to her repertoire: author. Stacey’s new book, "The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom" is available now.MORE

Trading in Goggles for Running Shoes

Tanner is running the TCS New York City Marathon this year with Beyond Type Run. A competitive NCAA Division I swimmer, he's switching it up + this is why.MORE

Accepting My Body + The Challenges That Come With It

Bike across the country? Sure. Raise five thousand dollars? Got it. Manage your blood sugar while doing so? Yikes.MORE

Treating T1D in Bangladesh: Dr. Kaufman + Life for a Child

Dr. Francine Kaufman spent time in Bangladesh with Life for a Child to learn about conditions in the country and help determine treatment options for a number of families affected by diabetes.MORE

Tips for Managing T1D in the Workplace

Erika Szumel lends her five ways to help manage Type 1 in the workplace, and they might not be what you think.MORE

Never Letting Diabetes Stop Me

Beth shares her journey of running, her goal of running all 6 Major World Marathons and how a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis took her by surprise.MORE

Practice, Practice, Practice: Music, Marathons + T1D

2019 Beyond Type Run team member Emma Plehal talks about practice as it pertains to music, running, and T1D - and the common threads that all three share.MORE

How To Prevent Lows During Exercise With Exercise Itself

Dr. Sheri Colberg shares her ways to prevent lows during exercise using specific exercises to do so. She has compiled these methods using research + athlete experiences.MORE

Gearing Up for 26.2

What we learned from training for a marathon with Type 1 diabetesMORE

T1D Greatest Hits Playlist

The playlist is here. Get your groove on and have fun with these Type 1 tunes. MORE

Taking the Blame and Shame Out of Complications

Most people living with diabetes will remember conversations they’ve had with healthcare professionals about diabetes-related complications, and often, those memories aren’t especially positive.MORE

T1D Pro Basketball Player Fabian Bleck Talks Support Systems + Consistency

Fabian Bleck talks about his life with Type 1 as a basketball player in Germany and what playing at the professional player is like.MORE

Telling Our Family’s Story

Ava's mother tells BT1 how "The Ups and Downs of Audrey May," a story inspired by her daughter's day to day with Type 1 diabetes, came to be.MORE

67 Years with Type 1

Rick has had Type 1 diabetes since 1952 – a time when tools were scarce and management was elusive. He's grateful to have Type 1 now, in a time when diabetes tech is at its best.MORE

The First Teenager to Loop: Carson’s Story

On the newest episode of Diabetes Connections, host Stacey Simms talks to Carson Wedding – the first teenager to start looping.MORE

Movies That Make Us Think All The T1D Thoughts

Everyone loves movies. But some films conjure hilarious and/or downright frightening scenarios for those dealing day in and day out with Type 1.MORE

Diabetes Scholar Kaila Kemnetz-Ness Talks College Life with T1D

Kaila Kemnetz-Ness lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was awarded a scholarship through Diabetes Scholars in 2015.MORE

From Dance to ‘American Ninja Warrior’: Christina Martin Talks to BT1

Christina Martin talks to Beyond Type 1 about her time on American Ninja Warrior and what living with Type 1 means to her.MORE

Hannah’s Story: How to Manage T1D in College

Hannah, a spokesperson for Abbott, talks life in college with the help of her FreeStyle Libre 14 day system.MORE

Finding Myself Again

Janae Gray shares her T1D diagnosis story, how it affected her fitness journey, and how she got back on track with her fitness goals post-diagnosis.MORE

Leading By Example: Q+A with Marathon Captain Nate Checketts

Nate Checketts is co-captaining the 2019 Beyond Type Run Team with Ryan Reed and gives Beyond Type 1 some insight into his training + inspiration.MORE

A Complicated Process: T1D and My Emergency C-Section

Hannah Brown shares the story of her pregnancy and birth of her child via c-section and the ways in which her diabetes played a role.MORE

Peak Performance: A Project 50in50 Update

Michael Shelver and Patrick Mertes touch base with Beyond Type 1 with exciting news: they completed their challenge and with some amazing MORE

Life is Not a Problem to be Solved, it’s a Reality to Experience

Emanuel Mini is the first and only Latin American cyclist on Team Novo Nordisk, the first all diabetes professional cycling team.MORE

Transform Your Passion Into Character

David Lozano is a cyclist on Team Novo Nordisk, the first all diabetes professional cycling team.MORE

My Brother Beat the Odds With Type 1 – Now It’s My Turn

Kyle Severson is a member of the 2019 Beyond Type Run team and talks about the example his brother set living with Type 1 before Kyle was diagnosed.MORE

Father Riding Across Country for T1D Cure After Son’s Death

Rex Covington is riding across the United States on a motorcycle to raise awareness and fundraise for Type 1 diabetes, having lost his son to the condition.MORE

Becoming Visible: Lisa Hepner’s Journey With ‘The Human Trial’

Craig Stubing had the chance to discuss Type 1 with Lisa Hepner, director of the Human Trial.MORE