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Information on research, events, activities, and news from the T1D community across Canada. 

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Dear type 1, It's been a big adjustment.

Type 1 diabetes became a part of Danny Miller’s family’s life just 18 months ago when his son, Cody, was diagnosed.

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JDRF collaborates on first-ever diabetes and cancer research initiative

JDRF collaborates on first-ever diabetes and cancer research initiative

Imagine being treated for one disease only to learn that form of therapy may lead to another grave condition. New research has revealed that some patients are diagnosed with autoimmune disorders following cancer immunotherapy. 


TrialNet Study: Immunotherapy can delay type 1 diabetes diagnosis

TrialNet Study: Immunotherapy can delay type 1 diabetes diagnosis

What if people at risk of developing type 1 diabetes (T1D) could curb the progression of the disease by a couple of years?


Fighting for her freedom. Fighting for her insulin pump.

Fighting for her freedom. Fighting for her insulin pump.

24-year old Jessica Williams, a long-time JDRF volunteer turned JDRF staff member who has been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 14 years now, is focused on enjoying her life as much as she can. She credits the freedom she has to her insulin pump but keeping both has been a battle.


Committee recommends Disability Tax Credit for all with type 1 diabetes

Committee recommends Disability Tax Credit for all with type 1 diabetes

Last month, Canada’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) released their first annual report which amongst other recommendations, stated that all Canadians receiving life-sustaining therapy (eg. insulin) should qualify for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). When Kelsey Levandoski lea...


Learning about managing T1D by himself, this MMA fighter now works to improve awareness of the disease

Learning about managing T1D by himself, this MMA fighter now works to improve awareness of the disease

Shawn Wicks was an elite athlete who held his health in high-regard, trained vigorously, and competed as an MMA fighter training in Muay Thai kickboxing, but he felt something was off – his feet were always sore and he was exhausted all of the time. “I didn’t have the energy to ...


Finding inspiration in type 1 diabetes - a T1D dad shares his experience

Finding inspiration in type 1 diabetes - a T1D dad shares his experience

Happy Father's Day! There is not much that Cody Westman needs to do to convince his 6-year-old son, Graham, to be an active little boy, “he goes non-stop,” says Cody. “Ice hockey, road hockey, biking, skateboarding, drums, and I do it all with him. The hardest part can be rememb...


Ahead of the 2019 Walk, Max Domi joined Montreal-area kids living with T1D for a frank discussion on the disease

Ahead of the 2019 Walk, Max Domi joined Montreal-area kids living with T1D for a frank discussion on the disease

Fresh on the heels of Montreal Canadiens centre and JDRF National Spokesperson Max Domi’s announcement to join thousands of fellow participants at the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF in Montreal this Sunday, June 9, Max Domi joined 13 families in Montreal to discuss life with type 1 di...


Rowena Chan, Honorary Chair of the 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF, on her commitment to the T1D community

Rowena Chan, Honorary Chair of the 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF, on her commitment to the T1D community

It has only been a few months since Rowena Chan started as Senior Vice-President of Sun Life Distributors, and she has already decided to step into the role of Honorary Chair for the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF.


Type 1 diabetes in college: Avoiding burnout

Type 1 diabetes in college: Avoiding burnout

Evelyn Riddell vividly remembers the year she began university as a happy and hopeful student embarking on the first step towards her future career. However, adjusting to university life was difficult. Evelyn, who lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), suffered from burnout, which affected many aspect...


You are JDRF Conference: A tribute to community and research

You are JDRF Conference: A tribute to community and research

Earlier this month, JDRF celebrated a year of tremendous achievements and welcomed prominent scientists in the field to discuss their work at its You are JDRF Conference.


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