• “We Can Do This”, Vol. 4: Encouraging Independence

    This is the fourth video in a series we call “We Can Do This“, where groups of people with diabetes (or in this case, their parents) come together around a common topic and share their own stories, lessons learned, and advice for others who may be in a similar situation.

    Independence in any aspect of a teen’s life can be a double-edged sword for parents – while parents want their children to be capable, that same capability is the gateway to their separation and evolution into adulthood. Independence can be a scary concept as it means children are ready to try their wings. Flying on their own means that sometimes they will fall and make mistakes, but most importantly it means that they are growing up.

    Throwing the demands of diabetes in the mix makes everything trickier. Diabetes requires a lot of attention and care – something all teens aren’t necessarily known for. We’ve rounded up a group of parents who are in the throes of watching their children take responsibility for their own diabetes care and asked them to share their diagnosis stories, what works in their own families when it comes to encouraging independence, and what they’d suggest for others.

    We hope their reflections and advice will encourage you as you embark on your own journey of letting go. If they can do this, you can do this too.



    - text by Meri and Kim

    For other You Can Do This videos from parents, click here.

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  • Video: Abril and Mary

    Contributor: Abril and her mom, Mary

    Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes, and caregiver/parent

    English Translation (approximate):

    Child: “Hi, my name is Abril and I have type 1 diabetes and I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old. I feel really happy and I can do whatever I want.”

    Mom: “Hello, my name is Mary and I am Abril’s mom. It has been a year with Ms. Diabetes in the house, but we have realized that we can do anything. There have been some changes, right?”

    Child: “Mmhmm.”

    Mom: “We have to exercise more, change some of our eating habits. About a year ago I couldn’t even talk about it. I would cry and cry. And today, I see that it is bad but it can be done. We have changed a lot, and we feel really happy about that. What makes me happier is that Abril can do anything – she competes in triathlons, marathons, she runs, she swims, and jumps. She is absolutely happy, and we have learned from this. Most importantly, we have to learn, right? Read and learn a lot about diabetes to succeed.”

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  • Video: Friends For Life “Words of Hope” – Parents of Kids With T1D

    Just as we did in 2012, we asked people who visited our booth at the Friends For Life conference to share a little bit about their own journey with diabetes, and their advice for others. We had so many people participate this year that we’ve split the messages into three separate videos – here’s the second of three videos, featuring parents of kids living with type 1 diabetes.

    What advice do you have for other parents? Leave your own “words of hope” in the comments below!

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  • “We Can Do This”: Vol. 2

    (For those who live with anxiety, even talking or reading about anxiety can be a trigger, so please proceed with caution before watching the video below.)



    You may remember the “We Can Do This” video from this past April, in which five people who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as adults shared their diagnosis stories, lessons learned and advice for others who may be going through the same thing.

    Keeping in line with that format, Vol. 2 gives a glimpse into the life of people who live with both anxiety and diabetes (or care for someone with diabetes). People already living with diabetes are about 20 percent more likely than those without diabetes to have an anxiety condition at some point in their lifetime, and it’s a topic that many are uncomfortable talking about.

    And because the You Can Do This Project centers around the idea of opening up about the tough stuff – that’s exactly what Kate, Alexis, and Hallie did.

    To connect with others with diabetes and anxiety, check out the new community “Anxious You Anxious Me” on Facebook and Twitter. You may also email Alexis directly at

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  • Video: JDRF Omaha Walk

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by the You Can Do This Project table at the JDRF Omaha Walk to Cure this past Saturday – we had beautiful weather and a great turnout. The nature of the event may not have been conducive to recording much video, but we did gather some “Words of Hope” to share with you!

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  • Video: Wendy

    Contributor: Wendy;

    Connection: Parent of a child with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “I remember sitting in the ICU, thinking that she would never be able to enjoy Halloween again. I want to assure you that if those are things your child enjoys, you will still do them.”

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  • Video: Moira

    Contributor: Moira McCarthy;

    Connection: Parent of a young adult with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “I thought [her diagnosis] was the end of the world, but it’s 15 years later now, and we’ve been through everything.”

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  • Video: Amy

    Contributor: Amy;

    Connection: Person with LADA/type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “I’m not sharing all this to bum you out, but to let you know that you are not alone if you’re dealing with all this stuff every day, or even if you’re just getting started. Sure, it’s a pain; sure, it’s a lot of work, but you know what? You can do this.”

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  • Video: Alexis

    Contributor: Alexis;

    Connection: Parent of a child with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “Seeing him low or high just breaks my soul; my heart. But I’m at a point where I’m grateful: that I have insulin in the fridge, syringes, sites, cartridges, pump, a great endo, I have you guys… no, this isn’t the life that I would have chosen, but this is the hand we were dealt so I feel like I need to play it well.”

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  • Video: Joe and Reyna

    Contributors: Joe and Reyna;

    Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes and his mom

    Standout Quote: “I don’t like telling you this – it is a hard emotion to deal with, but frankly you will be envious; you will be jealous. Forgive yourself for these emotions. You are hurting; you are grieving. It is understandable. It is okay.”

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