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Fiona

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 Fiona is a fighter—and a fast learner. Within a month of her T1D diagnosis at age seven, she was administering her insulin shots and testing her blood-glucose levels on her own. She reflects, “Although every day with type 1 diabetes is a constant battle, I fight through.” Fiona […]

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Amber

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Amber just can’t hide her enthusiasm for T1D researchers and their progress toward a cure. “If they’re close to a cure, they should have me on speed dial! I cannot even imagine how life would be for me if I did not have to deal with type 1 […]

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Rachel

Age: 11 Age at T1D diagnosis: 7 As an accomplished pianist and T1D advocate, Rachel hits all the right notes. “I really believe that one day we will find a cure to help millions of other children out there battling type 1 diabetes, just like me. A cure would mean no more finger pricks or […]

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Lyndsey

Age: 10 Age at T1D diagnosis: 10 months A gifted equestrian who is currently working on a novel, Lyndsey harbors dreams of becoming a veterinarian and a writer someday—so that she can write about her adventures with animals. In the meantime, she advocates for T1D research by participating in JDRF Walks, expresses her frustrations with […]

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Caroline

Age: 15 Age at T1D diagnosis: 11 Caroline admits to wearing her heart—and her pump—on her sleeve. “This is one of the main reasons I wear my pump on the outside: because I want people to realize that type 1 diabetes does not discriminate and that anyone can get it at any time, and that […]

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T.J.

Age: 8 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 Having T1D hasn’t been child’s play for TJ and his two older sisters, who all have the disease. But thanks to research and technological developments, TJ, who also has celiac disease, uses a pump. “My sister Tylie said that when she was my age, she still had to […]

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Tylie

Age: 17 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Tylie was the first of her siblings to receive a T1D diagnosis. Of the four kids in her family, three have the disease today. Despite her family’s daily struggle, Tylie maintains hope for a cure. “I know that no matter how well I take care of myself, type […]

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Taya

Age: 16 Age at T1D diagnosis: 4 Growing up, Taya shared more than the toys and snacks that most kids split with their siblings. Taya, her brother, and her sister all share a T1D diagnosis. “Living with type 1 diabetes was pretty hard on my family at first, but we have learned to live with […]

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Tylar

Age: 14 Age at T1D diagnosis: 13 Tylar’s lifelong desire was always to join the military. Even though his diagnosis with T1D last year means that his first dream may not happen, Tylar wasted no time in committing himself to another honorable goal: fighting for a cure and clarifying what T1D is for people who […]

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Caleb

Age: 12 Age at T1D diagnosis: 5 As a certified scuba diver who has a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do, Caleb is simply too active to sit around waiting for a cure. “I don’t want to just wait for others to come up with a cure. I hope to become an endocrinologist when […]