Stories from the type 1 community
Read stories from people who live with T1D, their loved ones, researchers, fundraisers, and more.
Discover type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis stories, inspiring journeys from people at all ages and stages of living with T1D, articles about researchers, fundraising superstars, and lots more.
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Meet the Olympic/Paralympic coach who’s logged 300km to defeat T1D
Shaun Caven is an internationally renowned Olympic and Paralympic coach who is currently training the Australian paracanoe team for Tokyo 2021. He is also the father of 8-year-old Liam who lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Shaun has recently been participating in JDRF’s Aqua Challenge to raise money for type 1 diabetes research and has […]
How does a clinical trial work?
Clinical trials are an essential part of T1D research. Before any new intervention – whether it’s a drug, device, or test – can be made available to the public, researchers need to gather evidence that it is safe and effective for people to use. A clinical trial is the gold standard way to do this. Running […]
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 […]
Spotlight on advocate Lauryn Hope-Blyth
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 impact of T1D. “How did I get ‘D’ nobody knows why. It makes me so sad and […]
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 […]
Living with T1D for almost 40 years: a conversation with Officeworks CFO Michael Howard
Michael Howard is the Chief Financial Officer at Officeworks – Australia’s largest supplier of office and stationery products. A lesser known fact about him is that Michael has lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for almost 40 years since his diagnosis close to his 11th birthday. We recently caught up with him in this candid […]
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 […]
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