Newly Diagnosed

Newly DiagnosedIf you’ve been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D), you’re not alone. JDRF is here to answer your questions and help you manage the changes diabetes brings to your life.  

Being diagnosed with T1D is never easy. You may feel anger, sadness, guilt, fear, or all of them at the same time. You may be sort of numb, and not feel much of anything for a while. Remember, whatever your feelings are — or aren't — they are normal, and many of them will pass or change with time. Most importantly, remember that you are still you, and that you are not alone.

Living with T1D is a new challenge for you, and for your family too. You will have a lot to learn in order to manage your diabetes day-to-day and to care for yourself. Your family, friends, teachers, and other people who are close to you will have a lot to learn too. It can feel overwhelming for all of you at first. This is normal, too. Remembering to take it one day at a time can help. As time goes on, you — and they — will feel more and more confident in your knowledge about the disease and your ability to handle it.

Keep in mind that the treatments for T1D are improving all the time and that, even though your life will change, it can still be a full and active life. We want to give you the information and resources you need to keep you as strong, healthy, and confident as possible.

Bag of Hope 

JDRF’s Bag of Hope program provides support and information for families who are facing T1D for the first time. The JDRF Bag of Hope is a complimentary over-the-shoulder satchel filled with a variety of educational and reference materials.  For children under the age of 12, the Bag of Hope also includes Rufus or Ruby, the Bear with Diabetes ™, a plush bear designed to help children learn about insulin injections.

Please complete this form to receive a Bag of Hope for a child, or yourself.

Mentor Program 

The Mentor Program provides one-on-one support to families and individuals living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Trained volunteers that have experienced and understand the daily challenges of living with T1D are here to provide emotional support, and connect you with resources in your local area.

Please complete this form to be matched with a mentor in your local area.


Sandy Rutherford talks about her experience with JDRF's Mentor Program and how it has helped her family cope during these life changes.