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November is Diabetes Awareness Month: Celebrate the Superhero in You

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) impacts more than half a million kids age 0-14 worldwide. Unlike type 2 diabetes, it has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. T1D is an autoimmune disease and management is extremely complex. Kids with T1D … Continue reading

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Three Days That Changed My Life Forever

By: Robert Perkins, kid with type 1 diabetes The only reason I woke up on November 30, 2013, was because I fell out of my bed. It was Thanksgiving break and I had planned to do nothing all day. Little … Continue reading

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Overcoming Diabetes Burnout

By: Johanna Murray, Journalism Major, Western Michigan University Kathryn Finton walks into the classroom on the first day of class looking confident and excited. Her new students shuffle in after her quietly; I am one of them. I notice a … Continue reading

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Why I Train Diabetes Alert Dogs

By: Becky Causey, President, Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance My interest in Diabetes Alert Dog (DAD) training stems from three of my friends who all have children with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I am a dog trainer and breeder, and I thought … Continue reading

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MSU Writer’s Workshop Teen Stories from the SE Michigan JDRF TypeOneNation Summit

This past May, the Southeast Michigan chapter of JDRF held their annual TypeOneNation Summit. This summit includes an all-day event for teens, called Teen Central. Michigan State University MyT1D Hero researchers held a writer’s workshop during the Teen Central Event. … Continue reading

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You Get to Choose

By Amanda Bock The events we experience as we age mold and shape us into the individuals we are. How, exactly, we let ourselves be molded and shaped is entirely up to us. In the words of Wayne W. Dyer, … Continue reading

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MyT1D Hope: A Website for Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes

By: Katie Murray, M.A., Outreach Specialist & Grant Project Manager, Michigan State University Type 1 diabetes is a complicated disease. What works perfectly well for managing your blood sugars one day, may not work as well the next day. There … Continue reading

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A Message from Noah

One little boy shares his story about being diagnosed with diabetes in this touching video.   A Message From Noah from Mike Colby on Vimeo.

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A Furry Companion and Lifesaver: Life with a Diabetes Alert Dog

By Mac Causey I’ve always been a fan of the “go with the flow” outlook on life, and my diagnosis did not change that. Sure, I see more needles in a day than most people my age see in a … Continue reading

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Tips on How to Help Others When They Need Emotional Support

By: Amanda Holmstrom, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication, Michigan State University We often hear that “emotional support” is important for people with chronic conditions like type 1 diabetes. However, what is emotional support? How can we be sure to provide … Continue reading

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