5 Photos that Describe Life with Type 1 Diabetes

A photographer chronicles her husband’s quiet dignity with the condition.



Photographer Anne Marie Moran recently released a series of photos of her husband’s daily life with Type 1 diabetes. With permission, here is an edited excerpt and several photos from that photo essay:

Tempering my anxiety over my husband’s Type 1 diabetes while being a supportive (but not overbearing) partner is something I work at on a daily basis. Lows in particular are a constant struggle for me, as Tom has developed hypoglycemia unawareness. I worry he’ll go too low while he’s driving, while he’s sleeping, when I’m not there. I worry about everything.

I often think about how unfair it is that people with Type 1 diabetes never get a break from the burden of such a complex, unrelenting disease. One can’t take a pill and forget about it for a few hours. I’ve told my husband that I wish I could take his place, even for a single day, so he could know the freedom of life without having to think about blood sugar.

To know Tom is to know the happiest guy on the planet. I marvel at his strength, his commitment to his health, his childlike joy for life, and his absolute refusal to give in to bitterness.

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Tom filling up the reservoir of his insulin pump.

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The contents of Tom’s diabetes supply cabinet.

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Keeping my anxiety in check while Tom sleeps can be difficult for me. Is he just sleeping in? Is he conscious? Is he taking a nap because he’s genuinely tired or because he’s lethargic due to a low?

I admit my worry has gotten the best of me many times. Early on in our relationship, I found myself waking him up to deliver pressing messages like “look how cute the dog is being right now” just to make sure he wasn’t dangerously low or unconscious.


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Accidentally hitting a blood vessel during a CGM sensor insertion.

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Apple juice to the rescue during an artificial pancreas trial.

You can see the complete photo essay here: http://www.annemariemoran.com/type-1/.

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Anne Marie Moran is a photographer and writer based in Anchorage, Alaska. Since meeting her husband Tom (who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at two years of age) she has become passionate about raising awareness on behalf of people with Type 1 diabetes and their families.