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  • Video: Emilia

    Contributor: Emilia

    Connection: Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18

    Quote: “The hardest thing for me is… people feel sorry for me because I have diabetes, and I don’t really like that because it makes me realize how sick I actually am. I feel like I can live with my diabetes, but I have a really hard time living with all of these ‘I’m so sorry for you’ comments.

    Remember that you are strong. You are brave. And you’re definitely not alone.”

     

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  • “We Can Do This”, Vol. 4: Encouraging Independence

    This is the fourth video in a series we call “We Can Do This“, where groups of people with diabetes (or in this case, their parents) come together around a common topic and share their own stories, lessons learned, and advice for others who may be in a similar situation.

    Independence in any aspect of a teen’s life can be a double-edged sword for parents – while parents want their children to be capable, that same capability is the gateway to their separation and evolution into adulthood. Independence can be a scary concept as it means children are ready to try their wings. Flying on their own means that sometimes they will fall and make mistakes, but most importantly it means that they are growing up.

    Throwing the demands of diabetes in the mix makes everything trickier. Diabetes requires a lot of attention and care – something all teens aren’t necessarily known for. We’ve rounded up a group of parents who are in the throes of watching their children take responsibility for their own diabetes care and asked them to share their diagnosis stories, what works in their own families when it comes to encouraging independence, and what they’d suggest for others.

    We hope their reflections and advice will encourage you as you embark on your own journey of letting go. If they can do this, you can do this too.

     

     

    - text by Meri and Kim

    For other You Can Do This videos from parents, click here.

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  • Video: Abril and Mary

    Contributor: Abril and her mom, Mary

    Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes, and caregiver/parent

    English Translation (approximate):

    Child: “Hi, my name is Abril and I have type 1 diabetes and I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old. I feel really happy and I can do whatever I want.”

    Mom: “Hello, my name is Mary and I am Abril’s mom. It has been a year with Ms. Diabetes in the house, but we have realized that we can do anything. There have been some changes, right?”

    Child: “Mmhmm.”

    Mom: “We have to exercise more, change some of our eating habits. About a year ago I couldn’t even talk about it. I would cry and cry. And today, I see that it is bad but it can be done. We have changed a lot, and we feel really happy about that. What makes me happier is that Abril can do anything – she competes in triathlons, marathons, she runs, she swims, and jumps. She is absolutely happy, and we have learned from this. Most importantly, we have to learn, right? Read and learn a lot about diabetes to succeed.”

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  • Video: Friends For Life “Words of Hope” – Parents of Kids With T1D

    Just as we did in 2012, we asked people who visited our booth at the Friends For Life conference to share a little bit about their own journey with diabetes, and their advice for others. We had so many people participate this year that we’ve split the messages into three separate videos – here’s the second of three videos, featuring parents of kids living with type 1 diabetes.

    What advice do you have for other parents? Leave your own “words of hope” in the comments below!

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  • “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.

    Find more videos from people living with type 2 diabetes by clicking here.

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  • Video: Cherise

    Contributor: Cherise; @SweeterCherise/@DiabetesSocMed

    Connection: Adult with LADA/type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “No matter what anyone says; no matter what a number may read: you are better than diabetes. Do not let diabetes steal your joy.”

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  • Video: Emily

    Contributor: Emily; http://aimingforaverage-a1c.blogspot.com/

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “A lot of people sympathize with me when they hear that I have to inject myself with a huge needle every three days when I change my infusion site. I guess it’s easy for non-diabetics to sympathize with the physical pain, because that’s something they can understand or have experienced themselves, but what they can’t understand is the other kinds of pain that come with this disease: the loneliness of feeling like you’re the only one having to deal with it, the anger and self-pity that comes when you’re wondering, ‘Why me?’, and the frustration and disappointment when your A1C comes back too high.”

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  • 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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  • “We Can Do This”: Vol. 2

    (For those who live with anxiety, even talking or reading about anxiety can be a trigger, so please proceed with caution before watching the video below.)

     

     

    You may remember the “We Can Do This” video from this past April, in which five people who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as adults shared their diagnosis stories, lessons learned and advice for others who may be going through the same thing.

    Keeping in line with that format, Vol. 2 gives a glimpse into the life of people who live with both anxiety and diabetes (or care for someone with diabetes). People already living with diabetes are about 20 percent more likely than those without diabetes to have an anxiety condition at some point in their lifetime, and it’s a topic that many are uncomfortable talking about.

    And because the You Can Do This Project centers around the idea of opening up about the tough stuff – that’s exactly what Kate, Alexis, and Hallie did.

    To connect with others with diabetes and anxiety, check out the new community “Anxious You Anxious Me” on Facebook and Twitter. You may also email Alexis directly at Anxietyyouanxietyme@gmail.com.

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  • Video: Bill

    Contributor: Bill; www.1HappyDiabetic.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: ”The real challenge about diabetes is living with it; trying to put diabetes in your front view, not have it in your back view. Who wants to think about their diabetes all day long? Maybe a simple way to do it is to think about it at specific times, so we’re making our management more predictable.”

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