BEFORE YOU ASK, MAY WE RECOMMEND...

If you're wondering what WELCOME TO TYPE 1 is all about, we recommend you take the opportunity to watch our video introduction if you haven't already. Below, you can take our quick 3-minute tour through of the core principles of the project, see our basic plan for the project at a glance, and watch the short whiteboard video in which we first asked if type 1 diabetes can actually make you stronger.

Still got questions? They may be answered below. Have a look.

WHAT IS 'WELCOME TO TYPE 1'?

We are an initiative providing as much well-organized and positively-balanced information as possible to people with type 1 diabetes via video and the web. In 2013 the W2T1 team will begin filming a documentary and short clips for the website. When completed in 2014, the documentary will be distributed at hospitals, clinics, and by sponsors worldwide, and will be available for order on this site. Video and media content will also be added to this site throughout the project. The YouTube channel for contributions from users in the form of videos, and soon we will also have questions, blog posts, and tips and tricks.

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

Living well with type 1 diabetes can be challenging. It requires effort, patience, self-acceptance, and tenacity, among other things. For some, knowing others are going through something similar can make it easier. For others, knowing people are doing amazing things with the condition gives them confidence. For everyone, having up-to-date information about best practices for living with the condition is vital.

IS EVERYTHING ON THE SITE MEDICALLY APPROVED?

No. Anything medical on this site should be taken as a suggestion, an idea to be considered. Allow me to elaborate on why the site is nonetheless important. World-class diabetes educators often say that when they collect feedback from their sessions they find that the people with type 1 in attendance report learning as much from conversations with each other as from the ‘formal content’ of the session. Unless a person with type 1 has a 24-hour endocrinologist on hand, we are each ultimately responsible for our own health management. It helps to have conversation and stimulus on the topic. This site is designed to assist us with self-management by providing continuous ideas that people with type 1 can consider including in their health management. We are not seeking to replace medical professionals or diabetes educators; we just want their ideas with us all the time.

WHICH 'TYPE 1 CELEBRITIES' WILL BE IN THE DOCUMENTARY?

Wouldn’t you like to know.

IS THIS A SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE?

Not quite. However it really depends on how you define ‘social network’. Our sole aim is to provide information and inspiration for living well with type 1 in the most engaging and useful formats possible. We use a lot of video and text and people respond using the same. If you start ‘social networking’, we probably aren't going to stop you.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE SPONSORS?

In order to replace the function of one’s pancreas, one needs many things. These include insulin, a method of delivery, a method of tracking one’s blood sugars, a method of obtaining these supplies, and a method of transporting them without damage, among others. One also needs to learn as much as possible about these products and services and keep up to date on what is available. As such, sponsors will have a chance to provide realistic and useful information (not gimmicky ads) about their products and services in an efficient and useful manner both in the documentary and on the website.

WHAT IS TYPE 1 DIABETES?

You can find a definition here.

We are focused on providing useful information to those already intimate with the condition. Focusing too much on definitions or explanations would seem patronizing to our most important users and could get in the way.

WHAT ABOUT TYPE 2 DIABETES?

While they have similar names and affect the same organ, the onset and the lived experience of type 2 diabetes is generally very different from that of type 1 diabetes. We focus on providing resources for people with type 1. Some of the information on this site may be useful for people with type 2 diabetes, however, and especially for those who require insulin.

ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH THE GROUPS IN THE VIDEOS?

(e.g., Insulindependence, Connected in Motion, Reality Check)

We are friends. WELCOME TO TYPE 1 believes these organizations do important, life-changing work. We want to make the ideas they espouse available to a broader population who may not get to attend their events or may not have heard of them yet. There is no formal or legal affiliation, but you will continue to see them featured in our work.

CAN I SPONSOR WELCOME TO TYPE 1?

Maybe. Click here.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Get in touch. Contact us today.