Encouragement

  • 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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  • Video: Crystal Bowersox

     

    Contributor: Crystal Bowersox; singer-songwriter and runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol.  crystalbowersox.com

    Connection: Adult living with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “I’m really enjoying my life, and my health. I just wanted to make this video to let everyone know that you can achieve your dreams.”

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  • “Diabetes Won’t Stop Me” Campaign

    We’re excited to announce that, alongside  Jerry the Bear, we’re launching a micro-video campaign called “Diabetes Won’t Stop Me”!

    Our inspiration comes from this video:

    We want to hear about YOUR story! Diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from living the life you want to live, and we’re hoping you can encourage others “just like you”.

    So here’s what we’re asking:

    • Make a short (less than 30 seconds!) video telling and showing us about your biggest dreams and goals – or if you’ve already accomplished some, share what you did!
    • Starting on November 14th (yep, World Diabetes Day!), upload your video to somewhere like YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram or Vine.
    • Here’s the important part - be sure to tag your video post with #DWontStopMe, so we can find it! You can use the submit form on our site, too, if that’s your jam. Every video (or photo, if you’re video-shy) we find will be featured here, as well as Jerry the Bear’s Facebook page.

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    Help us spread the word – videos should be shared starting on November 14th!

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  • 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. “

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  • 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.”

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  • Video: Friends For Life “Words of Hope” – 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 third of three videos, featuring kids living with type 1 diabetes.

    What advice would you share with children living with T1D? Leave your own “words of hope” in the comments below!

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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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  • Video: Friends For Life “Words of Hope” – Adults 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 first of the bunch, featuring adults living with type 1 diabetes!

     

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  • Video: Shannon

     

    Contributor: Shannon; @ShanMarengo

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes and PCOS

    Quote: “I wish I’d had the opportunity to have tools like this – friends, online tools available when I first had that horrible conversation with that doctor [when I was first diagnosed with diabetes] who told me I would never have a child, because it was a very hopeless feeling. But now I know that I can, and I have.”

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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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