JDRF Blog

Top 5 Stress Relievers for Living with T1D

Every day I’m faced with new challenges of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I’m the first to admit that my first instinct is to internalize stress that comes with these challenges. I’ve learned (and am still learning!) that this approach will get me nowhere—except one step ...


Achieving My Dreams with T1D

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at just 14 months old, I was still an infant. I had lost weight and shown other common symptoms of T1D. Once I was officially diagnosed, I had to take daily injections of insulin, and it became a fairly regular thing for my parents and me.


Family Matters

No matter what age you were diagnosed or how long you’ve had it, diabetes is a family disease. I’m going on 28 years with this disease and sometimes I still want “my mommy to fix it”.  When I was diagnosed in 1985, I weighed and measured my meals, dividing them into the ...


What I want my friends to know about T1D

When I tell people I have type 1 diabetes (T1D) the first comment I usually get is “but you look perfectly healthy. How is that possible?” So I thought it would be helpful to explain what the difference is. I know most of you who read this are acutely aware of what T1D is but I am sure many ...


Sparks of Creativity with T1D

I was diagnosed with T1D at the age of nine. It came as a complete shock to myself and my family. From that point, my entire life changed. Suddenly I had to deal with new routines, health-professionals, and taking insulin injections. It was a really scary and tumultuous time. But there were a few things ...


Playing for Success … A Month in the Life of a Twelve-Year Old Living with T1D

My name is Michael Thornton and I am 12 years old from Toronto, Ontario.  I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) when I was 6 years old.  I won’t let diabetes hold me back from fulfilling my dream to be a professional soccer player.  I have travelled to Europe several times ...


At School with T1D

The Reynolds family is constantly on the go. Both Sue Reynolds and her husband Brad are educators, they lead an active and busy lifestyle, and are parents of two boys: Kalen, age 9, and Shea, age 6 ½.  Sue and Brad are constantly balancing work, kids activities, and finding time to watch ...


Coreen’s Story

My son Cayden was born an extreme preemie at 27 weeks. He barely survived coming into this world and has too many complications to list. He has had 6 brain surgeries so far and is shunted for Hydrocephalus. He has lung disease and we are currently waiting to find out what is wrong with his heart. Days ...


What’s your sweet of choice?

I always have coke and OJ by my side to reach out to but this time I didn't feel like either so went off in search of a treat. I came across my stash of candy and duly ate 3 which is 15 grams of carbs. Wait, then test again, you all know the drill.


Diabetes Unscripted: The Caregiver Diaries

Originally I was going to write the book from my father’s perspective living with diabetes. Then it hit me while I was visiting my parents in Vancouver . My dad was in the hospital and my mom was by his side. I remember looking at my mom and seeing how dedicated she was to caring for my dad. She ...


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