a photo exhibit developed to create awareness of a commonly misunderstood disease

Type 1 Diabetes.


At the same time inspiring the millions who have diabetes to stay strong and let them know they are not alone in this. 


Diagnosed at the age of 12, I’ve had T1D for 11 years. Majority of that time I pushed it away and rarely talked about. I would constantly pretend it didn't affect me, but the truth is, it did...everyday.

Until one day, while shopping I had an interaction with a little girl that was diabetic, and in that very moment it clicked. I got flashbacks of when I was a kid, feeling alone, no one to relate to and bottled up with frustration.


I realized that I have an opportunity to help others that are going through exactly what I’m going though. Every single day is a challenge, and building a strong community + educating others can help you get by.


But diabetes + education sounds like a boring pamphlet that you read in a doctor's office. I want to take a different approach, make it a bit more creative, fun and less of a snoozefest. With that in mind and my passion for photography, I developed this idea to create a photo exhibit.

My mission is to spread the word about Type 1 Diabetes - misunderstood by many as an easy disease. Too many do not know the complications, the physical and psychological damage that diabetics go through daily - let alone a lifetime.

-Racquel Alongi

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