Survivor’s Guilt: Losing My Brother to DKA

WRITTEN BY: KATIE LESLEY I was diagnosed with T1D when I was eight years old. I was about to attend a new school, and within the last few weeks of summer, I found myself learning to dose a medication responsible for being my lifeline. This diagnosis meant injecting needles I’d hope wouldn’t hurt every single […]

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 […]

Travis Was Here

WRITTEN BY: Kelly Stelzer July 23, 2006 would be the last day I saw my youngest brother Travis. Six days later he passed away from complications of Diabetes, hypoglycemia to be specific. This is the story of my ongoing journey through the grieving process. My brother Travis always had a smile on his face and […]

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 […]

My Brother Died from DKA

WRITTEN BY: Katie Lesley I believe that generally, there is still a lot of confusion about Type 1 diabetes. There are many common misunderstandings, like it was caused by a bad habit (we ate too much sugar), or is an automatic diagnosis if a grandmother had some form of diabetes, often pronounced “diabeetus.” My own […]

How to Set Up a Fundraising Page

Dealing with the emotional toll of a loved one going through health troubles or even losing a loved one is hard enough. Adding the money troubles that sometimes go hand and hand can be overwhelming and almost unbearable. If you are going through this, you might be considering using a fundraising page to cover medical […]

12 Honest Answers about What Lies Ahead

WRITTEN BY: Michelle Page-Alswager When you landed in my shoes, you couldn’t possibly know or comprehend the sheer amount of pain and grief the human body can feel. But now, unfortunately, you do. After eight years of grieving my loss of my 13-year-old son, Jesse, I’ve put these words down for many parents who have […]