Newly Diagnosed & Bag of Hope Program


A new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D) can spark a range of reactions, including anger, sadness, and guilt. Whatever your feelings, they are normal, and you are not alone.

Whether you have T1D yourself, or are the parent or loved one of a person with type 1 diabetes, it takes time to adapt to the day-to-day demands of the disease. But treatment options are improving all the time, and type 1 diabetes will not prevent you or your loved one from living a full and active life. With medical and emotional support, people with T1D and their families learn to cope with, and even thrive in spite of, the demands that the disease imposes.

Until there is a cure, we want to provide information that will help you cope with the burdens T1D imposes, take advantage of help that is available right now, and keep you and your loved ones as strong and healthy as possible.

Resources for Newly Diagnosed

JDRF Newly Diagnosed Site: Here you can find additional helpful tips and links.

Online Diabetes Support Team: This volunteer-based team works round-the-clock to answer your questions. They are here to help – and to remind you that you are not alone.

Frequently Asked Questions: Learn about types of diabetes, daily life and management and up-to-date research.

Adults with Type 1: Adults are diagnosed with T1D everyday, you are not alone, and JDRF has free resources available.

Bag of Hope Program

JDRF offers a free public outreach program to support families with a child that has been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Bags of Hope contain a variety of educational and comforting support materials — some geared to the child, and some geared to their caregivers — the most popular of which is Rufus, the Bear with T1D, but also includes a support video, children’s books, and an Accu-Chek Blood Glucose Meter.

Please complete the Bag of Hope Form and return to the Chapter.

Phone: (561) 686-7701
Fax: (561) 686-7702
Mailing Address:
JDRF – Greater Palm Beach County Chapter
1641 Worthington Road, Suite 340
West Palm Beach, FL 33409