Welcome to Rock Type 1: Empowering individuals with type 1 diabetes
What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes (formerly known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes) occurs when one’s own immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas. It is not known what triggers this autoimmune response. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by lifestyle factors, such as being overweight, inactive, or eating unhealthy foods. However, lifestyle factors play a very significant role in the effective management of type 1 diabetes. Effective type 1 diabetes management also requires vigilant monitoring of blood glucose levels. If one’s blood glucose level drops too low, it can be life threatening. If it runs too high, it can cause very serious long-term health effects. Individuals with type 1 diabetes require synthetic insulin in order to survive. At this time, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes.
What is Rock Type 1?
Rock Type 1 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with type 1 diabetes through exercise and education. When our son Liam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7, we made a promise to him that he would be able to continue doing all of the things that he had been doing before his diagnosis, including rock climbing. As a result of remaining active, he continues to be a strong, healthy kid, despite the challenges presented by his medical condition. There are so many individuals with type 1 diabetes who are accomplishing amazing things while managing this chronic medical condition. Through Rock Type 1, we hope to shine a light on some of these individuals, and we strive to encourage and empower others who might be hesitant to push themselves physically. Through our events, we aim to build a stronger sense of community among those affected by type 1 diabetes.
Grace Scott of Rock Type 1 recently launched The Sibling Project. As the sister of a kid with type 1, she has often wondered about the experiences of others in her position. She is collecting stories from the brothers and sisters of d-kids. She will summarize these stories and share them, along with her own experiences, with the type 1 community. To participate, please click this link. Thank you for your contribution to this project!
About Rock Type 1: Empowering individuals with type 1 diabetes
We founded Rock Type 1 to encourage and empower individuals with type 1 diabetes to embrace an active lifestyle. Our mission is to provide opportunities for individuals to experience rock climbing and other activities, as well as to provide education regarding the benefits of exercise. We strive to promote a stronger sense of community and support among families affected by type 1 diabetes.