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On December 2, 2013, The Type 1 Diabetes Program of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announced its Automated Insulin Delivery Initiative (AIDI), through which it will provide up to $30 million in grants over the next three years to accelerate the development and regulatory approval of new technologies that will automatically […]

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Thanksgiving Day makes me grateful for all that I have. However, the meal itself is an annoying reminder of what I’m missing: functioning islet cells. I know, I know. I’m one of the lucky ones. Before the invention of insulin, I wouldn’t be alive, never mind breaking bread with loved ones. A couple of decades […]

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We’re pleased to share an amazing video from Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Type 1 Diabetes Program that features the Bionic Pancreas in action at the Clara Barton Camp in North Oxford, Massachusetts. The T1D Program at the Helmsley Charitable Trust aims to accelerate the development of tools and devices to ease the burden of living with […]

Bionic Bill on the Radio

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Being bionic this past September was such an over-the-top experience that has had an enduring impact ever since I participated in the study. I had an opportunity to talk about it at Stamford Hospital on November 13, and was thrilled by how many people stayed to ask questions. Then, as luck would have it, my […]

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On November 14, I experienced something I never thought would happen. At the very last minute (I mean twelve hours beforehand), I was asked to fill in for a clinician from Joslin and given the talking points to speak at the Massachusetts State House, in my home state, on World Diabetes Day, in front of […]

What I’m Thankful For

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Hi! My name is Caleb Schlissel and I am 10 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes in January of 2007 and I’m thankful for many things in my life. I am thankful for a loving family, a mother that packs my lunches and tucks me in at night, a father who works and provides […]

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In our previous post about the findings from the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry, we shared results about A1c averages and incidents of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). In the second half of this series, the findings offer insight into CGM use and how A1c numbers are controlled through insulin pump use, blood glucose monitoring, and blousing before […]

Pledge to Tell

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World Diabetes Day is here. Ever wished a loved one of yours knew of the dozens of decisions we make inside our crazy brains of mush when it comes to diabetes? Do I eat this or that, are there carbs in this snack, am I exercising later, how much should I give, when was the […]


During college I was 350 pounds, drinking over a gallon of water a day, and getting up every twenty minutes during the night to urinate. There was no question that I had diabetes, but does a 350-pound, twenty-one-year-old have type 1 or type 2? It was decided by my doctors that at my weight I […]

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What is World Diabetes Day, you ask? The fourteenth day of November was selected as the internationally recognized World Diabetes Day by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991. Why the 14th and not another day? November 14th was selected because it celebrates the birthday of Nobel laureate Frederick Banting, who is credited with being the primary […]