Help us shine a light on the resilience of everyday heroes living with type 1 this World Diabetes Day

2021 marks the centenary year since the discovery of insulin, a scientific breakthrough which we are incredibly grateful for. However, we know that managing type 1 diabetes with insulin is still a significant burden: a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five faces up to 19,000 injections by the time they are 18, if not using an insulin pump system.

Early type 1 diabetes treatments involved sharpening your own large needles, urinating on sticks and carrying around bulky pieces of tech equipment. As treatments have advanced peoples #BagsOfResilience have become more compact and manageable. However a bag for a person living with type 1 is still essentially their lifeline, forgetting to leave the house without it could lead to severe consequences.

Share your type 1 #BagsOfResilience for World Diabetes Day

  1. Take a picture of you and/or your type 1 bag of resilience
  2. Share via your chosen social media account and post a caption of your choice e.g. This #WorldDiabetesDay, take a look inside my bag! This is what I need every day to live with type 1 diabetes. I never leave home without it – it’s my lifeline. What’s in your bag? #BagsOfResilience #JDRFUK

Type 1 resilience stories

Read about the lived experience of Dannie, Muhammad, Sarah and Lawrence and how they have overcome different struggles throughout their diabetes journey.

Dannie O'Connor - Three generations affected by type 1

Dannie was diagnosed with diabetes at 4 years old. With her father and daughter also living with type 1, Dannie is very grateful for the progress made in technology.

Read more about Dannie's story

Muhammad Ali - Sport and type 1 diabetes

Muhammad Ali, a boxer with type 1 diabetes talks about the challenges he faced and his 3-year battle to get a professional boxing licence.

Read more about Muhammad's story

Sarah Gatward - Managing menopause and type 1 diabetes

Sarah was diagnosed with type 1 in 1972 and has faced many obstacles. Here, she talks about navigating menopause and type 1.

Read more about Sarah's story

Lawrence Smith – diabulimia and type 1 diabetes

Lawrence has been living with type 1 diabetes for 25 years. Around 13 years ago he developed an eating disorder.

Read more about Lawrence's story

Diadigits tool

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