Hi, I’m Molly Johannes. I’ve had type one diabetes for 24 years.

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My diabetes journey began on Christmas Eve in 1997. That day, I became the third person diagnosed with type one diabetes in my family. I was four years old at the time, so I’ve lived most of my life with diabetes. While some people may view this as sad, I’ve learned to embrace my chronic condition and live my life without limitations. You might say that I’ve taught myself to hug the cactus, so to speak.

My enthusiasm for my blog (and my little cactus friend) can’t be contained!

When I’m not blogging, you can find me enjoying any or all of the following: time with family and friends, a quality cocktail, Harry Potter, a good book, General Hospital, pop culture from the last three decades, and tasty foods.

I love connecting with other members of the DOC (diabetes online community) – so please don’t be shy, find me on Twitter @mollyjoh_t1d or Instagram @huggingthecactus!

Articles about/by Molly:

Community Advocate Article – 2014

Diabetes Forecast: Thrive Guide for Young Adults – 2015

Beyond Type 1 Feature – 2016

ASweetLife.org – Various Articles, 2013-2017

Beyond Type 1 Documentary Review – 2018

Other media featuring Molly:

Podcast – Ask Me About My Type 1: All Types of Support (2019)

Podcast – This is Type 1: Episode 28, Hugging the Cactus (2020)

Podcast – Sugar Mama’s Podcast: #58, Teen Series Part 6: The College Diabetes Network with Molly Johannes (2022)

Podcast- This is Type 1: Episode 147, From Fintech to T1D Nonprofit, (2022)

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