Life changed for this family in an instant
Published on May 24, 2017

Hayley Feldman was a healthy 11-year-old who loved her sport. Along with her twin sister, Sarina, Hayley was a keen basketballer. And very competitive. But one Saturday morning, Hayley wasn’t putting much effort into her game. That was not like her at all. It was around that time, that Hayley had lost a lot of […]

From bucket list to Birdsville
Published on April 28, 2017

Four ‘ordinary working mums’, brought together by a shared love of running, will traverse 250km across the desert for JDRF in the Big Red Run. Liz, Kylie, Kim and Nikki, all from Kyabram in regional Victoria, are currently juggling training with jobs, family and of course, their fundraising goals. Liz spared some time out of […]

Wildcats and Coles are card-carrying JDRF supporters
Published on February 6, 2017

One of the best things about the 1990s — basketball cards —recently got a modern reboot, scoring more than $76,000 for JDRF. The NBL’s Perth Wildcats and supermarket giant, Coles, joined forces to launch the fundraising and awareness campaign benefiting JDRF in October last year. Shoppers at 94 Coles supermarkets in WA were able to purchase exclusive […]

“Let’s make stuff happen”
Published on January 31, 2017

One of the things you notice when meeting Claire is that she seems fearless. She’s not of course, who of us is, really? But she gives that impression. In her words, Claire has done a bit of everything. She works in a Noosa bookshop selling books to “lovely people”, and is mum to nine-year-old Theo […]

A month in the life of type 1 diabetes
Published on November 17, 2016

Erika has thrown herself into raising awareness of type 1 diabetes (T1D) since her daughter Violet was diagnosed three years ago. This month, she decided to mark World Diabetes Day by posing a challenge to those game enough, which inspired many of her friends and family to take part. Now she is throwing down the gauntlet to our […]

Jasmine, my hero
Published on October 26, 2016

It’s been one year of 3am alarms for Anvij… but that hasn’t made waking up in the dead of the night any easier. He writes for JDRF’s blog on the anniversary of his six-year old daughter Jasmine’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis.   I manage to just open my eyes by the tenth loud piercing “peeeep” of […]

Alex, riding 900km to JDRF One Ride
Published on October 18, 2016

If you follow our JDRF blog, you might be familiar with Alex Kozeniauskas. Alex has had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 20 years, is a hugely active supporter of JDRF, and is hugely active in general, which is why he’s also known as Type1Athletic! When Alex discovered the JDRF One Ride event, he didn’t just sign up […]

“Pride always comes before a hypo!”
Published on October 5, 2016

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) 50 years ago, and at that time, life expectancy and quality of life for me looked bleak. I was 14 and at boarding school; it feels like yesterday. Diabetes management from those times was primitive. Urine testing was like a science experiment, with test tubes and foaming […]

Why Simon is walking this October
Published on September 6, 2016

“How are we going to do injections?” was one of my first thoughts. I have a phobia of needles, and I was so afraid of the prospect of having to inject my daughter. It was by far, the worst day of my entire life… 20 October 2014 at 5:30pm was the moment my beautiful daughter, […]

Becoming the ‘Hungry, Hungry Hypos’
Published on August 14, 2016

As the exhausted family settled back at home after a chaotic five days in hospital, Sharon noticed her daughter, Tarah, growing quiet and withdrawn.  “Mum, I don’t know what a hypo feels like,” Tarah said. They all waited, and low and behold a day later, Tarah had her first hypo. The doctors had given the […]