Diagnosis: Diabetes


According to the CDC:

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.

Your body breaks down most of the food you eat into sugar (glucose) and releases it into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.

With diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it as well as it should. When there isn’t enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, that can cause serious health problems, such as heart diseasevision loss, and kidney disease.

Videos focused on the psychological and emotional parts of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D):

How to deal with Diabetes,
Distress & Burnout
How to stop striving for perfection
When will this get easier?
Will my kid have a normal life?
Why self compassion is
good for diabetes

Videos focused on the medical management of T1D:

How to dose for Pizza
How to exercise without the lows
Wait, what are ketones again?
Why isn’t my insulin working?

Downloadable Resources

Blood Glucose Tracker

Diabetes Care and Action Plan for Individuals

Guidelines for Care of Students with Diabetes (DoH and OSPI)

Managing Emotional Challenges of Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Sick Days/Ketone Management

What is Diabetes?

When to Call Your Diabetes Team (Spanish) (Somali) (Vietnamese)

Your Insulin Pump (also in Spanish)


3 Ways To Help Manage Your Child’s Type 1 Diabetes

Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating in Type 1 Diabetes

Giving an Insulin Injection Using a Pen

Help for Families Newly Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

How to Treat Low Blood Sugars

The Mental Health Comorbidities of Diabetes


American Diabetes Association

CDC: Living with Diabetes


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

Seattle Children’s Hospital Endocrinology and Diabetes Patient and Family Resources

The Diabetes Link: Where Young Adults Thrive

Washington State Resources

ADA Imagine Camp

Camp Leo for Children with Diabetes

Diabetes Association of Pierce County

Diabetes in School Health

Evergreen Health Diabetes Education & Nutrition

Jordan Morris Foundation

MultiCare Diabetes Services

Providence Diabetes and Nutrition Education

Samaritan Healthcare Diabetes Education & Nutritional Counseling

Seattle Children’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Classes and Workshops

STIX Diabetes Programs

Swedish Diabetes Education and Nutrition

Type 1 United

UW Medicine Diabetes Institute

These resources were created through a collaborative effort with the Type 1 Diabetes Workgroup; special thank you to Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) for initiating this workgroup and to the Fostering Well-Being program for providing PAVE with your Type 1 Diabetes resource guide.