Nick Jonas has quite the list of accomplishments. Not merely is he a talented vocalist, songwriter and performer, he’s also the founder of a nonprofit.
Yup, you heard that right. Founded almost one year ago, Jonas co-launched Beyond Type 1 ,~ ATAGEND an organization devoted to providing education and awareness for Type 1 diabetes.
Thegoal is simple: “to highlight the brilliance of those fighting this cancer every day while always working toward ensuring a cure is on its way.”
Jonas was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes back in 2005, and now he’s workingwith Beyond Type 1 co-founders Sarah Lucas, Juliet de Baubigny and Chef Sam Talbot to change the dialogue around the diseaseand help eradicate the stigma that comes from living with it.
By employing social media, sharing stories and creating lifestyle blogs on itswebsite, Beyond Type 1 has created a supportive community for people of all ages with Type 1 diabetes.
Elite Daily was able to speak with CEO Sarah Lucas, Nick Jonas and his co-founders about Beyond Type 1 and their own personal connections to the disease.
CEO Sarah Lucas first shared with us the importance of distinguishing between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. She told Elite Daily,
Type 1 is an autoimmune cancer that can affect anyone at any time. It is not a lifestyle cancer, it is not a kids’ cancer, it is an invisible cancer that demands constant attention 24/7 and life-long dependence on insulin, and currently there is no cure.
She explained the significance in learning the difference between Type 1, Type 2 and other forms of diabetes because oftentimes there is embarrassment, and no cancer should be the punchline of any joke.
When asked about her hopes for Beyond Type 1, Lucas explained,
We want to be the authentic guide for living beyond a diagnosis, with the real stories( like how to have a cocktail, go skydiving, how to manage your blood sugars during sexuality) and practices that people need every day until a cure.
Additionally, Nick Jonas opened up about his fight with diabetes and his experience with the disease as a public figure. When asked about what it was like to share his narrative with his fans, Nick told us,
I feared sharing the narrative at first but knew that I would actually feel a lot of support and that it was important that I be transparent about it. I suppose anytime you open yourself up and you just get more real about things that affect your life, it helps you to connect more with your fans and really gives you something to be passionate about.
You know, life is all about doing all you can to help other people and for me, thats been the main goal.
Nick also discussed the difficulty in learning how to deal with the complications of diabetes and doing his best not to get emphasized about the intensity of the situation.
He shared that each day comes with its own situates of challengesand that at the end of the day, all you can do is be at peace with what you have.
In words of hisinvolvement with Beyond Type 1, Jonas told us,
With Beyond Type 1, I’ve beenable to raise my voice in a safe surrounding and share my narrative with people and hopefully help them in any way that I can. I get a lot from that myself — a lot of support and a lot of liberty to just live my life and know that I’m surrounded by people in their home communities online and personally who really do support me.
He believes it’s important to speak to Millennials about diabetes so younger generations aren’t ashamed to talk about it or feel embarrassed of their diagnosings. The most important thing, he explained, is putting your trust in doctors, family and the people who are there to support you.
In addition, Beyond Type 1’s Instagram campaign, Living Beyond, focuses on sharing real-life stories from Millennials, children and adults with Type 1.
Not merely is itssocial media an excellent resource for adolescents, but thewebsite’s lifestyle guidebooks are packed with datum, tackling everything from mental health to food, school and travel.
To all Millennials with a Type-1 diagnosis, the founders have a message. Nick said,
Stay as strong as possible and know that each day is going to come with its own challenges. As long as you can be at peace with that and not get emphasized, you’ll be OK and you can do anything you wishes to do. Its just a minor setback but nothing that has to limit you.
Co-founder Chef Sam Talbot added his own guess, as well.He told Elite Daily,
I would[ tell young people] don’t ever lose hope , no matter what. You can do this. If you need some help, look us up at Beyond. We will help you over the finish line.
Be sure to check out the resources at Beyond Type 1.Together let’s educate, proponent and cure.