Archive for the ‘Diagnosis Stories’ Category

Video: Amanda

Contributor: Amanda

Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes; diagnosed at age 14

Quote: “It’s great to see that there’s people here that I can relate to, and know that I’m not alone in this struggle that is diabetes. [Diabetes] doesn’t have to be who you are. “

Video: Kennedy

Contributor: Kennedy

Connection: Living with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “What diabetes has taught me is that you can’t let it rule your life. You’re not any different than anyone else; you’re just ‘limited edition’. Don’t be afraid.”

“We Can Do This”: Vol. 3

This is the third episode of “We Can Do This” – a series of group videos where people with diabetes come together around a common topic and share their diagnosis stories, lessons learned, and advice for others. Launched in 2012, the first video showcased five people who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as adults, while the second featured three people who live with diabetes-related anxiety.

Something that many people living with diabetes (of any type) face is the persistence of stereotypes and stigmas. You may have faced some of these inaccurate, and sometimes offensive, comments yourself – that people with diabetes “can’t eat candy”; that all you have to do is just take your medication and it all just works out; that type 1 only happens to kids (and they somehow magically will outgrow it); that type 2 diabetes is somehow “earned” due to obesity or laziness.

The truth is that type 2 diabetes exists on a large spectrum, and there is still much to learn about why and how it occurs, and in whom. Not every person diagnosed with type 2 diabetes fits the stereotypes, and we’d like to introduce you to a few: Phyllisa, Rachel, Joe, and Sue.

Video: Shannon

Contributor: Shannon; @lifewithtype1

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “Diabetes doesn’t always pick [the people] with the best support systems […] if you’ve dealt with the lack of family support, or the job frustration [because you needed health insurance], come talk to me.”

Video: Jason

 

Contributor: Jason

Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “When I went into the hospital, I had a blood sugar of 692. You can do diabetes. Have fun with it. Don’t let it stop you.”

Video: Melissa

Contributor: Melissa; @MelllBe

Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “I see my diabetes as a blessing now, and I’m glad I stopped ignoring it. I’m so happy [that] I’ve had the support of people online – I did not know there were so many type 1 diabetics everywhere. It’s amazing.”

Video: Logan

 

Contributor: Logan; 2012 ADA National Youth Advocate

Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “When I was diagnosed, my family and I reached out into the community and talked to people who also had diabetes. Some of the best advice I can give is to get involved.”