Stories from the type 1 community
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Jenna and Giulia: ‘Mum’s been there from the second I was diagnosed’
Jenna Cantamessa has been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) since she was a young adult. At 30, she’s now a Young Leader in Diabetes for the International Diabetes Foundation, and runs the popular @TypeOneVibes Instagram account. Her mother Giulia was with her when she was diagnosed with type 1, and has been her biggest […]
Chloe’s T1D diagnosis: ‘JDRF turned something bad into something good’
Jenna's family was given life-changing news when Chloe was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 2 - and it eventually led to a new career, too.
Spotlight on fundraisers Robyn and Greg King
This National Diabetes Week, JDRF Australia is highlighting the stories of just some of the spectacular people in the T1D community and the unique experiences they’ve had while living with diabetes. This year, the focus is on highlighting the mental and emotional health impact of T1D. Perth siblings Robyn King and her brother Greg had […]
National Diabetes Week: Spotlight on Peer Support Mentor Sally Wooden
This National Diabetes Week (12-18 July 2020), JDRF Australia is highlighting the stories of just some of the spectacular people in the T1D community and the unique experiences they’ve had while living with diabetes. This year, the focus is on highlighting the mental and emotional health impact of T1D. Sally Wooden’s story explores the value of […]
How Telehealth is Changing Type 1 Diabetes Care
The type 1 community has always embraced new technology – with insulin pumps, CGM, and a whole range of T1D-focused apps rapidly becoming essential tools for many people. It’s no surprise, then, that the T1D community has quickly adapted to new digital ways of accessing healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic – what clinicians call telehealth. […]
Meet Melanie Cullen: a personal touch to a professional challenge
Melanie Cullen’s son Will was two years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Will is now 18 years old and Melanie has learnt a lot about her son, his diagnosis and what it means for everyday life. “My experience (of T1D) was like being hit by a tidal wave of information […]
Taking the Type 1 Challenge Across the Ocean
Jared from Kansas, USA was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 1994. Following an unquenchable thirst, three days of bed wetting and a diminished appetite, his mum took him to the doctor. The diagnosis of T1D brought one question to Jared’s mind: “Am I going to die?”. Such was the weight the words carried. “A week in the hospital and our lives were changed forever. I recall they wouldn’t let us go home […]
Increasing Access to CGM: Your Questions Answered
The announcement on the 2nd of February 2020 regarding changes to the CGM program brought good news to many people living with type 1 diabetes. However, there are a number of questions you contacted us with regarding these changes and what they mean for you. With this in mind, we thought it would be a […]
Joining a Clinical Trial: Bree’s ENDIA Story
Bree was worried that her diabetes may be passed on to her future children, so she joined a research trial and discovered the many benefits of getting involved. Here’s her story in her own words: “I’ve always been pretty lucky with my diabetes; in my eighteen years of living with it I really hadn’t experienced […]
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