Age: 14  Year Diagnosed: 2006  Location: Tustin, CA


"Diabetes is life changing, and life-threatening. It affects almost every aspect of your life (including using the restroom occasionally!) but it doesn't prohibit you from doing what I want to do in life. I'm an aspiring politician, but I have some time being 13. Diabetes won't get in the way of that, nor should it. "

Best piece of advice from Jake's parents: This is life changing, and can be overwhelming but it absolutely gets better! You learn the "new normal" and there is no reason that Type 1 should stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do. Reach out for support from other parents who have been dealing with it for awhile -- they are a supportive group! It's not going to be easy but it's going to be okay.