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November 13, 2015

Teenager and Type 1 Diabetes

We were recently on location for a photo shoot with a lovely young lady named Alison. The setting was perfect – her family’s farm in Ohio. And she did a great job showcasing BANDI in action!

Alison is 13 years old and very busy with school activities and a variety of sports including volleyball, running, and horseback riding.

What you’d never know, unless she told you, is that Alison’s BANDI belt is not just an active lifestyle accessory for her. Instead, the pockets of her BANDI belt carry essential medical supplies that help her manage Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).


Living with Type 1 Diabetes

A 24/7 disease, Alison can never look away. She has to be vigilant at all times to ensure that her blood-glucose levels (BG) remain within her target range as much as possible.

To help her manage her T1D, she uses a variety of tools that include devices - such as a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) - that helps monitor her blood sugar, a DexCom Share receiver that allows her parents to monitor her BG remotely for an added layer of safety, and an insulin pump that administers insulin throughout the day whenever she eats. She also must keep her phone handy, because it has digital applications that sync with the devices and help track a myriad of statistics … including every bite of food she eats.

In spite of all this, Alison is a cheerful, energetic, ambitious young person. She is articulate, confident, and kind; and was more than willing to talk about what it means to live with type 1 diabetes.


What is Type 1 Diabetes?



girl power volleyball type 1 diabetesType 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells.

While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it. Source: JDRF.org


Living with Type 1 Diabetes

While our camera shutters clicked away, Alison engaged in her normal, daily activities, including practicing her volleyball serve in the back yard (she plays for her school), and riding her horse (she's a competitive equestrian jumper). Incredibly athletic, she was a ball of energy, and we hustled to keep up with her as she dashed around, doing her thing and demonstrating how she uses her BANDI belt.

We hope you enjoy these images of Alison and how she uses her BANDI as a convenient and stylish carrier for essential diabetes supplies!

Although T1D is a serious and difficult disease, treatment options are improving all the time, and people with T1D can lead full and active lives. Source: JDRF.org


The BANDI Solution



BANDI pocketed belts can function as a stylish and discreet medical fanny pack, nurse fanny pack, epipen carrier, diabetes belt, epipen belt, insulin carrier, inhaler carrier.




Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Diabetes Education Program

Between November 14-21, 2015

BANDIWEAR is proud to contribute

15% of web sales

toDiabetes Education and Type 1 in Alison's honor.


We'd love to hear your thoughts posted in the comments section below.

1 Response

Sydney Barnett
Sydney Barnett

November 14, 2015

Hi, my name is Sydney Barnett. I’ve know Alison since kindergarten. During that period of time she didn’t have diabetes. I remember it was the night of Thankgiving. I was about to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family when I got a phone call. It was Alison. I thought that it was just a normal phone call, but it wasn’t at all. She told me that she was in the hospital because she was diagnosed with diabetes. I began to cry at the thought of my best friend being diagnosed with diabetes. I worried about her and how she was taking it, but I didn’t need to worry because she is a fighter and doesn’t let her diabetes get in her way. Alison has taught me not to let anything stand in my way. She has become a stronger person and has made me become a stronger person. God has big plans for you Alison. Thank you for being my best friend.

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