Sometimes people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) get so accustomed to our own slang, it’s easy to forget not everyone speaks the same language. Since I’ll be attending JDRF Children’s Congress as a delegate this summer, I know it’s important for me to communicate clearly. So with that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of my own favorite diabetic slang terms.
When the 161 delegates of JDRF Children’s Congress get to Washington in July, time will fly! Children’s Congress Chair Kid Jonathan Platt gives a few tips to help delegates be the most effective advocates they can be, while having the most fun.
Losing a friend is hard, but losing a friend to T1D is harder. By Catrina Curtis (15 years old, Mississippi) I can still remember the exact moment, almost three years ago, when my mom told me that my friend Lindsi had passed away. My mom had picked me up from school and was [...]
Upon diagnosis with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the disease immediately teaches you that your pancreas isn’t just this corn on the cob–shaped organ sitting behind your stomach. The insulin produced by this organ is crucial to metabolizing food, feeding your cells, and keeping you alive. When you’re diagnosed, you learn how to test your blood [...]
From the wrath of Hurricane Sandy along the eastern seaboard to devastating wildfires in the west, the past two years have shattered previous records for natural disaster destruction in the United States. The hardships and chaos these catastrophes cause are difficult enough. But factor in the added demands of managing type 1 diabetes (T1D), and [...]
… this dream cannot become a reality without delegates like us. By Cindy Chen (17 years old, California) Imagine a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). A world in which there would be no more need for test strips, lancets, reservoirs, infusion sets, shots, and that darn insulin pump. A world in which [...]
Congratulations, kid, you’re going to Washington! Now what? By Reed Gialketsis (17 years old, Nevada) At this year’s Children’s Congress, 161 kids and teens will gather in Washington, D.C. But there’s another number that I think deserves attention―the more than 1,300 kids who applied for the event but won’t be going. While I’m [...]
I will control my T1D. My T1D won’t control me. By Amelia Rehrman 11 years old, Pennsylvania Hi! My name is Amelia and I am 11 years old. I am so happy to be a 2013 Children’s Congress delegate from Pennsylvania. My favorite hobbies include photography and blogging, so I am taking this [...]
T1D won’t take a break on my birthday, so why should I take a break from being an advocate for the cure? By Catrina Curtis (15 years old, Mississippi) Birthdays are the one day of the year when everything is about you. You can get away with being completely selfish, and you can get [...]
All across the country, JDRF is ramping up for one of the biggest advocacy events in Washington, D.C. That’s right, it’s time again for Children’s Congress—three days when kids and teens from every state and around the world converge on Capitol Hill to represent the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community and urge Congress to continue [...]