Rare Until It Happens To You: The Kycie Terry Story

WRITTEN BY: JORDAN JENDRICKS Jamie Terry doesn’t know what exactly it is about her daughter that resonates so deeply with people. But there’s something about the combination of her curly blond hair, striking blue eyes, and the circumstances around her unfortunate and preventable death that have incredible staying power, inspiring countless others to action. “There have been […]

Four Years Later: Reflections on Losing Will

WRITTEN BY: Lyndall Hauver Before As I approach the four year anniversary of Will’s death, I find myself reflecting on what my life looks like now compared to before. I cannot emphasize that unless you are unfortunate enough to experience the loss of your child, or another important person in your life, you will never understand how […]

Managing Social Media After a Loved One Passes

Losing a loved one is the most difficult experience many of us will ever face. It is common to want to digitally disconnect while grieving, but it is important not to neglect social media entirely; your personal profiles as well as the profiles of the recently deceased require attention. First things first: take a moment […]

The Holidays Without You

by Michelle Page-Alswager On the day I find myself writing this I am 10 months into the loss of my son. Ten months, 14 days to be exact, but who is still counting? Oh yeah, all of us are still counting … After Jesse died I wondered how I would ever get through another big […]

Will I Ever Be Me Again?

WRITTEN BY: Kathie Natzke A little more than a year ago, my son died unexpectedly. I’m sorry if that’s an abrupt way to start a story, but it was an abrupt way to start a day too. I had no control over what happened that day or in those first days and weeks that passed. I […]

Join the Community App

The Jesse Was Here Community The Jesse Was Here Community is a private digital platform created specifically to connect people who have lost someone to Type 1 diabetes. The community can be accessed through a smartphone app. Download from the Apple Store here or Android here. It can also be accessed on a desktop browser […]

Counseling Help

The grief that follows the death of a loved one is one of the most painful things a human can experience. The range of emotions and the way in which we process loss is unique to every individual. Grief is a normal human experience when you lose something or someone you care about. People grieve […]

Empty Heart; Empty Closets – Their Belongings

WRITTEN BY: Michelle Bauer (Alswager) The smell of dirty socks. Once something you complained about, asking your son to pick them up, get them to the laundry chute and maybe, just maybe learn to wash them. The used test strips. Littered throughout every room of the house, on the kitchen floor, found in suitcases and […]

Will Hauver’s Story

WRITTEN BY: Lyndall Hauver This is a story about an incredible 22-year-old. This young man was on the cusp of creating a life that would help change the world using his kindness, his pragmatism and his creativity. This path to an incredible life ended on February 2, 2015. This is a true story about Will, Type […]

A Mother’s Cautionary Tale

WRITTEN BY: Sara Weiss On a cold Saturday in January 2003, my 9-year old son, Jordan, slept over his friend’s house and they played basketball the next day with their team. On Monday, Jordan climbed the gym rope to the ceiling two times in a row. On Tuesday, I took him to his piano lesson […]