Complications

  • Video: Sandy

    Contributor: Sandy

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes (Joslin 50-year medalist)

    Quote: “You CAN do it, but you have to have a good personality, and you have to be on guard all the time. You can’t take a vacation from diabetes, because it can do damage.”

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  • Video: Yogi

    Contributor: Yogi; diabeticradio.com and 1happydiabetic.com

    Connection: Adult with type 2 diabetes

    Quote: “There’s not a moment where I’m not thinking about where my blood sugars are at. Despite the fact that it isn’t easy, it is doable.”

    [Editor's note: please remember that You Can Do This Project videos cannot be taken as medical advice.]

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  • Video: Mike


    Contributor: Mike; www.diabetesmine.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “It’s been tough sometimes – a lot times, especially as a teenager or in my early 20′s, that I just wanted to give up. I had a lot of burnout, and I wanted to be ‘normal’ – whatever that means – and I really wish I would have been able to find somebody to talk to, to realize that I was not alone. That there were other people out there going through the same things that I was going through and struggling with. I knew that there were others, but I could never really find them and I didn’t really want to talk about my diabetes.”

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  • 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.”

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  • Blog: Simon

    Contributor: Simon; www.diabetesdaily.com/forum/blogs/simon-from-the-70s

    Connection: Person with type 1/LADA diabetes

    Blog post: http://www.diabetesdaily.com/forum/blogs/simon-from-the-70s/5909-journey-man

    “This is how my ten days in hospital with life threatening infections and severe DKA played out. All but blind and with limited mobility, I came face to face not only with insulin dependent diabetes but the reality that those I had long counted friends had abandoned me. I was no ordinary person then and 18 months later I am still no ordinary person.

    Still enduring a string of medical appointments and physical pain from complications I am making a go of things. Working consecutive sixty hour weeks I’m sending out a signal to those “friends” who left me lying in ward. It’s a shout out to all of those who said I’d never make it back and it was all my fault…..I can do this and I am doing this.”

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  • Video: Stacey

    Contributor: Stacey; @PortblPancGrl

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “I lost my father almost 8 years ago to diabetes complications. To know that that was from the same disease that I have is quite scary. But, I try to not think about that too much. What I try to do is keep a positive outlook and take one day at a time. When things get tough, I definitely talk to somebody. I think that’s the best thing that you can do – do not keep your frustrations inside.”

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  • Podcast: Janice

    Podcast can be heard here: http://www.divshare.com/download/15076007-e18

    Contributor: Janice

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes; Joslin 50-year medalist (has lived with insulin-dependent diabetes for at least 50 years)

    Standout Quote: “It hasn’t been an easy trip, but it’s been a wonderful one. [...] I’m very grateful to medical science for all of the discoveries that have helped me to live with type 1 for 56 years. I want everyone to know that it is most certainly worth the effort to try to take care of yourself, because life is wonderful and we should enjoy every moment of it that we have. You can do it; you can get through the hard times.”

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  • Video: Kari

    Contributor: Kari; delightfullydiabetic.wordpress.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “I have undergone dozens of [retinopathy] treatments on both eyes, but despite my diabetes and despite the retinopathy (which is now almost completely under control), I’m living a successful and fulfilling life. I’ve taught first grade for the past two years, and in September I will begin teaching third grade. I’ve begun graduate school and I have a wonderfully supportive boyfriend [Editor's note: now fiancé!] who cares just as much about my diabetes management as I do.”

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  • Video: Molly and Dixie

    Contributor: Molly (and Dixie, the diabetes alert dog); http://damdiabetes.blogspot.com/

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quotes: “Whether you have just been diagnosed or you have been living with diabetes a long, long time: there are going to be times that are very difficult; there are going to be times that are easy. There’s going to be a lot of guesses; there’s going to be a lot of hoping, but know that you can do this.”

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  • Video: Lena

    Contributor: Lena

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes (27 years since dx)

    Standout Quote: “Before I was diagnosed, I almost went into a coma. Doctors didn’t know what the symptoms of diabetes were, or just didn’t care, [or treated me as if I had type 2]. I was struggling with my weight, gastroparesis, neuropathy, diabetic mastopathy, and sometimes depression. I developed diabulimia. [...] Since then, I’ve decided I need to make changes. I may not know what the future brings, but I’m still here. I’m not going to be defined by compications, and I’m doing my best every day.”

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