Diabetes: Transitioning to Adulthood Patient Stories

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Type 1 Diabetes: Dane’s Story

Dane was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 9. He took it on and dealt with it, never letting it get in the way of his determination to succeed.

Type 1 Diabetes: Dillon’s Story

Dillon smiling

With treatment and diligent attention to his health, Dillon is able to manage his type 1 diabetes while playing baseball at the highest level.

Type 1 Diabetes: Ricky’s Story


Ricky was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 7. Now, he’s an exceptional lacrosse player, recruited to play for a Division 1 college team.

Type 1 Diabetes: Joe’s Story

Joe playing basketball

In the 14 years since his diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, Joe has learned to embrace his condition. He has positive message for everyone living with diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes: Ana’s Story


In the 10 years since her diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, Ana had learned so much about herself and her accomplishments. She wrote down what this bittersweet, 10-year anniversary means to her.

Type 1 Diabetes: Chase's Story


In New Year’s Day in 2001, Chase Kroll was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Ten years later, he is headed to college. CHOP's Diabetes Center for Children helped him take control of his health.


Type 1 Diabetes: Ellen's Story


When Ellen began college in Richmond, VA, managing her type 1 diabetes became more difficult. Working at a summer camp for kids with diabetes helped get her back on track.

Type 1 Diabetes: Emily Ireland's Story

emily rowing boat

Meet Emily Ireland. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 12 years old, Emily never lets her diabetes stop her from doing the things she enjoys.

Type 1 Diabetes: Mark's Story


Mark is a competitive athlete with type 1 diabetes. He is committed to playing football and works hard to manage and control his diabetes with help from the Diabetes Center for Children at CHOP.

Type 1 Diabetes: Michael's Story


Meet Michael, a premier heavyweight wrestling champ who also has type 1 diabetes. Michael is being treated at the Diabetes Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.