Wondering what WELCOME TO TYPE 1 is all about? Our introductory video captures some of the energy and emotion driving this project forward. See if you recognize anyone in this cast of characters who are proving every day that diabetes does not have to be a limitation.
Type 1 Diabetes: Can It Make You Stronger?
We draw our own conclusions in this, our first whiteboard video. The big ideas in this little video at are the very heart of the WELCOME TO TYPE 1 project. Give it a watch. You’ll be glad you did.
WHAT IS WELCOME TO TYPE 1™?
We are an initiative providing as much well-organized and positively-balanced information as possible to people with type 1 diabetes via video and the web. In 2013 and 2014 the team filmed video with families and experts all across North America and the United Kingdom. We’re excited to have lots of content to add to the site in the coming months. We’re soon going to start encouraging our YouTube subscribers to contribute videos of their own, and our channel will host questions, answers, tips and tricks.
Why Are You Doing This?
Living well with type 1 diabetes can be challenging. It requires effort, patience, self-acceptance, and tenacity, among other things. For some, knowing others are going through something similar can make it easier. For others, knowing people are doing amazing things with the condition gives them confidence. For everyone, having up-to-date information about best practices for living with the condition is vital.
IS EVERYTHING ON THE SITE MEDICALLY APPROVED?
No. Anything medical on this site should be taken as a suggestion, an idea to be considered. Allow me to elaborate on why the site is nonetheless important. World-class diabetes educators often say that when they collect feedback from their sessions they find that the people with type 1 in attendance report learning as much from conversations with each other as from the ‘formal content’ of the session. Unless a person with type 1 has a 24-hour endocrinologist on hand, we are each ultimately responsible for our own health management. It helps to have conversation and stimulus on the topic. This site is designed to assist us with self-management by providing continuous ideas that people with type 1 can consider including in their health management. We are not seeking to replace medical professionals or diabetes educators; we just want their ideas with us all the time.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE SPONSORS?
In order to replace the function of one’s pancreas, one needs many things. These include insulin, a method of delivery, a method of tracking one’s blood sugars, a method of obtaining these supplies, and a method of transporting them without damage, among others. One also needs to learn as much as possible about these products and services and keep up to date on what is available. As such, sponsors will have a chance to provide realistic and useful information (not gimmicky ads) about their products and services in an efficient and useful manner on the website.
WHAT ABOUT TYPE 2 DIABETES?
While they have similar names and affect the same organ, the onset and the lived experience of type 2 diabetes is generally very different from that of type 1 diabetes. We focus on providing resources for people with type 1. Some of the information on this site may be useful for people with type 2 diabetes, however, and especially for those who require insulin.
ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH THE GROUPS I SEE IN THE VIDEOS?
We are friends. Welcome to Type 1™ believes these organizations do important, life-changing work. We want to make the ideas they espouse available to a broader population who may not get to attend their events or may not have heard of them yet. There is no formal or legal affiliation, but you will continue to see them featured in our work.