T1D - eyaldayan

I have started a project to photograph high schoolers living with Type 1 Diabetes. 

I combine photographs with their statements to help tell the stories of teens living with type 1 diabetes.

If you know a high school student living with T1D who would like to participate, please contact me.


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My name is Aaron and I’m 17

I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 11 years old.

I work as a Sandwich Maker at Bruegger’s Bagels. I’m interested in the concept of time travel, so I like to watch science fiction TV and movies. I collect Magic Cards and am just starting a coin collection. I also like Stephen King and ice cream.

T1D doesn’t mean anything to me. I don’t think about it. When my blood sugar feels high or low, I check it. When it’s time to change my pump site or CGM, I do it. It just feels normal to me.

I left school a year ago and have been working for about six months now. I’ve learned a lot at Bruegger’s and will start training to be a shift manager soon. I want to take the GED and maybe learn to be a welder at some point. But right now, I’m happy where I am.

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My name is Jaedan, I'm 15 years old.

I was diagnosed when I was 8 years old.

I'm a country girl from Kansas that dreams of living in the city. I love being in the water and hanging out with my cat. Found out I like snowboarding this past winter. I'm a Disney fanatic who can't get enough of all the scary rides!

So far throughout my T1D journey, I've been blessed. Roxboro Community School (the school I attend now) and Cary Christian School (where I attended when I was diagnosed) have both been incredibly supportive. What a learning experience it has been to travel with all of my devices and insulin over the years! I sure have learned how to advocate for myself.

Because of my love for science and growing up with my mom being in health care, I'm preparing to enter the medical field. Although worlds apart, my interests are either veterinary medicine or family practice.

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My name is DJ and I'm 16 years old

I was diagnosed at the age of 6.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I play many sports but my favorite is Lacrosse. I play lacrosse for Apex high school as well as Team91 Carolina and the LB3 Thunder National team.

For me, I look at diabetes in a different way than most. I look at it in a way where it allows me to mature and become more responsible for my age. It also has allowed me to meet many people and form great memories.

After High school, I plan to further my academic and athletic journey to fulfill my dream of becoming a criminal defense lawyer, Major League Lacrosse player all while living a healthy life and taking care of myself

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