Archive for the ‘Learning From Mistakes’ Category

Video: Kim

Contributor: Kim; @txtngmypancreas

Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes; creator of the You Can Do This Project

Quote: “If you’re having a tough time living with diabetes, I totally get that. But I also want you to know that even when it gets super tough, you can bounce back from that. Talk to people – you won’t want to, because you won’t think they’ll ‘get it’, but you need to. I wish I had.”

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Video: Chris

Contributor: Chris; tobesugarfree.com

Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “”[Diabetes] is a very personal disease, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a one man or one woman army fighting this battle. There’s a community that […] wants to help and offer support, because doing this by yourself is pretty miserable.”

Video: Scott

Contributor: Scott; rollinginthed.wordpress.com

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “There are people in the diabetes online community who are not living the guidelines of living with diabetes – but they’re living it. I mean they’re really LIVING life. It’s so empowering [to see]. I don’t see diabetes as an opponent; I see it as a bad roommate. I’m stuck with you; you’re stuck with me. We don’t really like each other, but we make the best of it.”

Video: Brian

Contributor: Brian; notmycell.blogspot.com

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “I can tell you; it hasn’t always been easy. I have made many mistakes; poor choices. Trying to keep my sugars low out of fear of anything happening to me – that your kidneys are going to go, that you’re going to go blind; that you’re going to lose a limb. I was always fearful of those effects of high sugars, so I made stupid choices trying to keep my own sugars low. […] It wasn’t until maybe the past three or four years that I realized that I wasn’t alone.”

Video: Briley

Contributor: Briley; @4thandLife

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “The good days outnumber the bad, and that’s what you need to remember – that even on the bad days, there’s always someone there for you. We’re here, waiting for you to say ‘Help! I need you! I want some support!’ We’ll be there, just like everyone else was there for us.”

Video: Joe and Reyna

Contributors: Joe and Reyna; betabuddies.blogspot.com

Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes and his mom

Standout Quote: “I don’t like telling you this – it is a hard emotion to deal with, but frankly you will be envious; you will be jealous. Forgive yourself for these emotions. You are hurting; you are grieving. It is understandable. It is okay.”

Video: JDRF

Contributors: JDRF staff and volunteers with type 1 diabetes; www.jdrf.org

Standout Quotes: “When you are at wits’ end and need someone to vent to, just know that you have a whole online community of people going through the same kind of things that you are going through. They will be with you along the way, rooting for you, telling you that you can do this.”