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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...


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...


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...


Exploring the link between type 1 diabetes and depression

Exploring the link between type 1 diabetes and depression

Young people living with a chronic illness like type 1 diabetes (T1D) often experience anxiety which – if not treated – can quickly spiral downwards into depression. However, the link between diabetes and depression remains poorly understood and under-researched. Depression is often view...


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.


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.


First European clinical trial in human stem cell therapy for type 1 diabetes is underway

First European clinical trial in human stem cell therapy for type 1 diabetes is underway

The development of encapsulation technologies to treat insulin-dependent diabetes has been at the forefront of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research in North America for many years. This is because new methods of cell delivery may offer a functional cure for people with T1D at high risk for life-threating ...


How to raise money for Walk using social media

How To Raise Money for Walk using Social Media

It goes without saying that social media has become the way we share snippets of our lives. Not only has it revolutionized how we get a glimpse into those of our friends and family, but it has radically changed how we learn about the world around us, how we engage with government and how we unite to...


Advocate Profile: Memorial University of Newfoundland medical students

Advocate Profile: Memorial University of Newfoundland medical students

Guest blog post by Nguyet (Na) Nguyen and Sarah Strong The Provincial Day of Action is a yearly event where medical students identify a gap in the healthcare system and approach our provincial government with an “ask” to help fix that gap. This year, as students in the Faculty of Medi...


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