This is the final straw in fending off the type 1 diabetes (T1D) monster.

T1D has been described as living with a monster. For over 100 years, we’ve been taming the monster. Now is the time to finally defeat it, once and for all.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

We are inviting anyone affected by T1D to share what they wish people knew about what it means to live with this disease and describe their personal T1D monster.

Living with the T1D monster

Living with T1D can feel like living with a monster. Every day there are up to 300 life or death decisions to make about eating, activity, rest and more just to maintain blood sugar levels. T1D is a disease that requires constant management – and even with vigilant attention there can be blood sugar highs and lows that can lead to complications, hospitalizations, and even death.

People with T1D must have at all times an arsenal of tools to tame their diabetes monster – blood sugar monitors like flash or continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps or daily insulin injections – and easy access to fast acting carbohydrates like a juice box.

Tell us what the T1D monster is like for you, and what a cure would mean.

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What is type 1 diabetes?

T1D is a chronic autoimmune condition in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure.

Read T1D monster stories

Read the personal stories of people affected by T1D, and how they tame their T1D monster.

100 years of insulin

This year we’re commemorating 100 years since the discovery of insulin by Drs. Banting and Best, often called Canada’s gift to the world. Insulin has helped to tame the T1D monster. But it’s time to defeat it.

Accelerate T1D research

JDRF Board Member Sean Murray and his wife Crystal will match all new monthly donations made by December 31 for 1 year (up to a maximum of $25,000).

We need to move beyond insulin and accelerate the pace of research towards cures. And for that, we need your help. Together we can make this the final straw. With your support, the monster doesn’t stand a chance.

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