Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes is a very scary situation to have happen. It can also make you feel very isolated and alone. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, it is important to know you are not alone in your battle.

Not only will your family and friends support you in your fight against the disease, but there are many resources out there to help you get connected to other Type 1 diabetics who are fighting the same battle as you. There are also many financial resources out there that can help you find assistance you may need for your battle.

One of the best resources for both community support and finding financial support is Beyond Type 1. This is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization whose goal is to change what it means to live with diabetes by uniting the diabetes community via platforms, programs, resources and grants to help improve their lives.

The organization was founded in 2015 and focused strictly on education, advocacy and finding a path to cure Type 1 Diabetes. It has evolved into also including some programs to help do the same for Type 2 Diabetes, though the main focus is still on Type 1.

One of the most important things to know about Beyond Type 1 is 100% of every dollar raised by the organization goes directly to supporting its programs, education efforts, advocacy efforts and finding-a-cure efforts. The organization has other partners that help it fund its day-to-day operations, but any money it raises goes directly towards helping those with diabetes in some capacity.

What’s the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

For those whose lives have been impacted by diabetes in some fashion, they know the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. For those who may not know what the difference is, we will break it down for you here.

Type 1 Diabetes is an uncurable chronic autoimmune disease which makes your body unable to produce insulin. Insulin is your body’s hormone that regulates blood sugar. If your body is unable to produce insulin, your body cannot use the sugar in your bloodstream as an energy source, which then causes Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

Symptoms of undiagnosed or untreated Type 1 Diabetes include excessive thirst, extreme exhaustion, frequent urination and unexplained weight loss among other symptoms.

Type 1 Diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and teens; in fact, it is frequently known as juvenile diabetes. Despite that being the most common time of diagnosis, it can be diagnosed at any point in a person’s life as there is no rhyme or reason for why it suddenly shows up.

Type 2 Diabetes is an uncurable condition where your body cannot properly use insulin. Therefore, your pancreas produces extra insulin, but then cannot keep up the production rate to keep blood sugar levels regulated. The production decrease in insulin allows sugar to stay in your bloodstream, which causes damage to your entire body.

Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, there are well-known causes that can trigger Type 2 Diabetes. These causes include obesity, lifestyle choices, lack of physical activity, smoking, and even genetic predisposition in some cases.

90% of all diabetes cases are estimated to be Type 2 Diabetes, so it is far more common than Type 1.

GetInsulin.Org

One of Beyond Type 1’s programs is GetInsulin.org. This program is an extremely important one which is designed to help diabetics afford insulin. While this program is not a direct assistance program – in other words, it will not provide people with physical money – it is still an extremely serviceable program as it provides savings opportunities and coupons to diabetics who need financial assistance for their insulin.

Since 2013, the price of insulin has skyrocketed across the country, costing people around $1,000 for a one (1) month supply of insulin. This leaves diabetics who may not have insurance or have high-deductible plans paying out-of-pocket for their insulin. Diabetics simply cannot skip out on their insulin. It is a need to help them live. Paying that much for insulin is just not sustainable.

This is where GetInsulin.org becomes so important. It can help you find reliable, stable, long-term access to insulin to help you simply survive. This program helps build an Insulin Action Plan for you by asking you for your zip code, the type of insulin you use and the type of insurance you have.

Once you input this information, it generates an Insulin Savings Card for you. This savings card details where you can go or what companies you can contact to receive lower costs for your insulin. It details how you can receive savings on your insulin as well. In some cases, other insulin cost-savings can also be detailed on the card.

If you are in urgent need of insulin – if you need it within the next seven days – and you cannot afford to see a healthcare provider to get more insulin, GetInsulin.org can provide you with a list of low-cost or free clinics in your area that can help you get the insulin you need to live. In some cases, there are some insulin product manufacturers that can help as well, as long as you do not have an expired prescription.

Beyond Type 1’s GetInsulin.org program is supported by many diabetes organizations including the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is funded by many diabetes product manufacturers such as Lilly and Novo Nordisk.

Diabetes Scholars

Another program from Beyond Type 1 is the Diabetes Scholars program. This program’s goal is to empower and inspire success through college education to people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

The program was independently created in 2008, but joined forces with Beyond Type 1 in 2018. Since Diabetes Scholars beginnings, it has awarded over $1.75 million in college scholarships to Type 1 Diabetic students. Each scholarship that is awarded is worth between $1,000 and $5,000.

100% of funds donated towards creating scholarships goes to the recipients of the scholarships; it does not matter if the funds are donated by an individual or a company, but real-life students will receive 100% of the money. Beyond Type 1 absorbs all operational costs of the Diabetes Scholars program.

If you ever feel compelled to create a scholarship with Diabetes Scholars, the program team will help you through the entire process. The team will help you set the scholarship amount, its parameters (school location[s], geographic location[s], eligible major[s], etc.) and it can even personally introduce you to the students who become recipients of your scholarship.

On the Diabetes Scholars website, you can even find lists of each year’s scholarship winners. This is a very transparent thing to do, so people everywhere know Diabetes Scholars is doing the right and responsible thing by providing real-life students with real-life scholarships.

Some of the scholarships offered on Diabetes Scholars are national scholarships and some have very specific parameters based on a student’s location and major. Some of these awards students can apply for include:

  • Bradley Gendron Scholarship for Colorado students
  • California Dreamin’ Scholarship for California students
  • Oldenburg Family Scholarship for Georgia students
  • Dallas-Plangetis Scholarship for students in a specific county in Maryland and a specific county in Michigan
  • Type 1 Willpower Scholarships for Division-I athletes in New Jersey
  • Dexcom Scholarships for STEM majors
  • The JDRF Advocacy Scholarship for political science majors
  • The JDRF Medical/Research Scholarship for healthcare majors
  • The JDRF Outreach Scholarship for mental health majors
  • The JDRF Rising Star Scholarship for incoming college freshmen
  • Still Waters 232 Foundation Scholarship for healthcare majors
  • Brzozowski Family Veterinary Scholarship for veterinary majors
  • Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarships
  • Type 1 for 72 Years Scholarships
  • Future Leaders Scholarships
  • Henry Jensen Social Justice Scholarship

Beyond Type 1 has many other programs that can help Type 1 (and Type 2) Diabetics get various types of assistance and support they need to tackle their diabetes head-on and to live their lives to the fullest. GetInsulin.org and Diabetes Scholars are just two of the programs that can significantly impact and improve diabetics lives in various fashions.