Dexcom’s Super Bowl 2021 Ad Misses the Mark for People with T1D
Dexcom’s Super Bowl 2021 Ad Misses the Mark for People with T1D

While I support the mission of Beyond Type 1, I, unfortunately, found one of its co-founders, Nick Jonas, to have been a part of a missed opportunity by Dexcom to use its platform to spread more information and awareness about the gaps in access and affordability that the majority of the type 1 diabetes community faces.

First, I have to wonder how the money that Dexcom invested in this Super Bowl commercial could’ve been better spent, perhaps by expanding and enhancing its affordability programs for all people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes that want to take advantage of…


Type 1 diabetes (T1D) never stops. It requires 24/7 attention through the good, the bad, and the uncertain. Cliché as this saying has become, when you’re diagnosed with T1D, you’re immediately thrown into a “new normal” that frankly is anything but normal every day. Well, ironically, it is my normal.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to function. People with T1D are insulin-dependent and rely on insulin injections (or insulin pump therapy) and blood sugar monitoring (like fingerpricks or Continuous Glucose Monitors [CGMs]) to survive.

I was diagnosed at 10-years-old…


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Over the weekend, I started rewatching episodes of “Glee” on Netflix. I was a huge fan in high school. It came out at just the right time, when the trouble of relationships, friendships, classwork, body image, status, sexuality, extra-curricular activities, and personal motivation felt especially heavy.

As an adult, I look back and think that I would never want to return. High school is hard for everyone. Your peers expect you to respond to situations in mature ways that no one is equipped for at that age. Yet, when you make mistakes, you face exile-like consequences. …


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Citizens Dependent Upon a System They Can’t Depend On

In middle working-class America, it is often said that our healthcare system works until you need it, and then, it doesn’t. We go about our daily lives, working hard in “decent” paying jobs to get by, having little to no time to affect positive change where it is needed because we are too busy trying to provide for ourselves and our families.

We work until we die, and, for those of us managing disease each and every day throughout our adult lives, perhaps with even more courage and persistence despite the swelling physical, emotional, and financial pains we bear.

We…


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On January 5, 2020, my diabetes turned 16.

This year, I didn’t necessarily celebrate a “diaversary,” as I have in years past. I quietly acknowledged it in my head, not out of shame or negligence, but simply because it felt like just another moment.

A diaversary, in the type 1 diabetes community, is a celebration or acknowledgment of good health on the anniversary of your type 1 diabetes diagnosis.

Since 10-years-old, this condition has been a part of every thought I’ve had every moment of the day.

I can’t remember a time where it wasn’t… I wish I were exaggerating…


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The holidays are a great time for rest and relaxation. There’s no denying that, but when you are a digital marketer or social media manager for your company, depending on the work culture, you know that rest doesn’t come by you often…

Digital brand management can sometimes be a 24/7 occupation, especially depending on the leverage and popularity of your brand.

You may find yourself managing your social media networks, blog, marketing automation system, email campaigns, influencers, and content in between courses of ham, potatoes, sugar cookies, wine, hot cocoa, and relatives recalling their best childhood memories, at the end…


I wish you never had to know the pain of four finger pricks a day.

I wish you never had to know the pain of four daily injections or more.

I wish you never had to know the anxiety of going to your routine endocrinologist appointments and having your A1C “tested” and blood sugars carefully nitpicked, then being scolded shortly after instead of getting compassion, informational therapy, and empowering lessons for a sustainable recovery.

I wish you never had to know the fear of going to bed at night and not waking up from low blood sugar.

I wish you…


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When I think about thriving with type 1 diabetes, I can’t help but reflect on my original diagnosis at 10-years-old, when I was scared I would never be able to eat ice cream again, couldn’t stop crying (though I wasn’t 100% sure why), and began to feel robbed of my childhood.

Of course, I wouldn’t realize the complexity of the thievery that having type 1 diabetes brought me until years into living with the disease. This temperament was also self-deprecated soon into my condition.

Thank goodness.

“Why not live the bright side of this,” I thought?

I realized early on that if I were to truly thrive with the condition, I would have to make the most of it. I couldn’t live as a victim, but an embracer of my condition, an acceptor. …


7 Things That Will Always Hold You Back in Life

Your personal and professional lives make up your entire life. Though they are often viewed as separate functions to your being, they contribute to the mass product that is yourself.

They make up who you are as a person. They are your life, so, no matter which fragment you are considering, the factors expressed in this post are ones you should keep top of mind when it comes to moving forward in life, and finding your own success and balance.

You can research many motivational and inspirational sayings, post them to your favorite social media channels, peruse articles, background-listen to…


Inclusivity is defined by Dictionary.com as “the practice or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of minority groups.”

When I consider inclusivity, I first consider my place as a minority member in my communities. I have type 1 diabetes, an incurable autoimmune disease that inhibits the body’s ability to produce the life-saving hormone, insulin.

According to BeyondType1.org, of the 325.99 million people living in the United States*, 1.25 million Americans live with type 1 diabetes. Only 5% of diabetes diagnoses in the United States…

Julia Rose

Digital Marketing Specialist, Professional Writer, Type 1 Diabetes Advocate, Content Producer. #T1D

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