Best in Class

Best in Class

JDRF knows that despite the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), many people have worked harder, dreamed bigger, and achieved greater. In collaboration with the Diabetes Scholars Foundation since 2011, JDRF offers four annual scholarships to high school graduates. Congratulations to the scholarship class of 2013

Letters From the Cusp of Childhood/Adulthood

You might not be able to eat that doughnut when you have high blood sugar, but you can still become a doctor or a famous baseball player.         By Cindy Chen (17 years old, California) Dear parents, This coming school year, I’ll be a senior?and then it’s off to college. All parents […]

Q & A: When a School Nurse Is Needed

Question My son, who is four years old and has type 1 diabetes, has just started prekindergarten. We’ve had some issues with the school nurse. Because she is responsible for two different schools, she cannot be at our son’s school all day, and therefore cannot provide adequate care. What are our rights regarding medical care […]

5 Tips for the College-Bound Student With Diabetes

Visit the student health center. Meet the staff of the health center. They are your best connection to staying healthy while away from your hometown doctor. Meet the nurses, meet the nutritionist, and meet with a doctor that you can call with questions. Put a business card on your desk bulletin board in case of emergencies. […]

Ask A Parent: Talking to Your Child's School

Q: My 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed only a few weeks ago, and now, putting us all into something of a panic, the start of school is practically here. I haven’t called her school yet, and I wanted to know where I should start when I talk to them. A: From a parent of a child […]

Ask A Parent: Enrolling Your Child in a New School

Q: We had to evacuate our home in New Orleans and move to a new community in Dallas, and I’m worried about enrolling my child in a new school that doesn’t know about his diabetes or his care plan. A: From Lisa Shenson, member of JDRF’s Online Diabetes Support Team, mother of a daughter with […]

Back to School: Strategies for Success

Team spirit is a big part of every student’s school life. Whether they’re on the debate team or the soccer team, acting in the school play or making teams of their own (fans of superheroes, clubhouse, or gymnastics), being a part of a group is important to a young person’s self identity. Students with type […]

Ask a Medical Professional: What Your Child's School Should Know About Insulin Pumps

By Catherine Marschilok, M.S.N., C.D.E., Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management Children with diabetes are using pump therapy in greater numbers than ever before. When students with diabetes make the leap from injection therapy to insulin pump therapy, everyone involved in their care–including school nurses and health staff members–must be prepared to make the leap […]

Dealing with a New Diagnosis in College

A diabetes diagnosis is shocking at any point in life, but a new diagnosis can be especially difficult in college. Most college students are alone during their diagnosis, which is why education and support are crucial during the first few months. After the Diagnosis Thousands of students with diabetes have lived fun, interesting, and successful […]

Ask a Student: Going on the Pump

A young adult perspective by Allison Blass I went on the pump six years ago, when I was 15. At the time, I really didn’t know very much about it other than it was something I had to wear all the time. Having something attached to me seemed like the uncoolest thing in the world. […]