LetMeBe83 is a movement that is part of Rivere Foundation. The Rivere Foundation is designed to provide education related to Type 1 Diabetes, to provide information and resources to combat the diet and lifestyle deterioration that people with this condition may face, to support science and research efforts to reduce the effects and eliminate Type 1 Diabetes, and to promote the overall health and wellbeing of people impacted by Type 1 Diabetes.

About the Author

Hi! I’m Bethany.

Mom to the sweetest, spunkiest Dude with Diabetes: River.

I don’t think I’m better than you.

I don’t think I’m smarter than you.

I don’t think I love my child more than you love yours.

I don’t see you as my competition.

I don’t get pleasure from making you doubt yourself.

I don’t bring up alternative methods to shame you.


Work with Me

River spent 3 years eating the Standard American Diet. We were told at diagnosis that he could eat anything he wanted, and that we should just count the carbohydrate content in his food and dose insulin accordingly. I blogged about our experience and posted MANY photos of River devouring a cupcake or an ice-cream cone because he was allowed to eat ANYTHING . . . and someone DARE NOT make an ignorant comment and tell me that my kid can’t eat that.

That’s how it works. Upon diagnosis, in the midst of utter chaos, parents cling to ANY piece of life that still feels normal.


Poking your kid in the middle of the night isn’t normal.

Holding your kid down to place a pump site isn’t normal.

Force feeding a child because you dosed insulin isn’t normal.

So when we hear, “Feed them anything they want” – THAT feels normal. We take that as a badge of “don’t-F-with-this-area-of-my-life” and we run with it. We defend it. We post photos of ‘it’ as a big giant EFF YOU to diabetes. We feel as though showing our kids eating giant sugary treats will help to refute all of those uneducated claims that type 1 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.

But in the end, we are only hurting ourselves and our precious kiddos with type 1.

This was the vicious cycle of my life.

And then one day someone commented on my post in a general type 1 group and told me about a low carb diet and diabetes. Instead of telling them that they were competing with me, I listened. I researched. I tried it. And it worked. It made my life easier and it made my son’s life healthier.

I sincerely want that for you TOO.


Our goals with this website and our fundraising:
Inform and council newly diagnosed patients and families.
Access to affordable insulin.
To aid in finding a biological cure.

It’s all about the book!

A donation to Let Me Be 83 would be used to supply Dr. Bernstein’s book “Diabetes Solution” to all newly diagnosed families with Type 1 Diabetes. Funds raised will also go to:

  • Education and counseling for newly diagnosed patients and families.
  • Advocacy for access to affordable insulin.
  • Research to aid in finding a biological cure.