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.
(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.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the You Can Do This Project table at the JDRF Omaha Walk to Cure this past Saturday – we had beautiful weather and a great turnout. The nature of the event may not have been conducive to recording much video, but we did gather some “Words of Hope” to share with you!
Contributors: Matt and Morgan; teamtype1.org
Connection: Athletes with type 1 diabetes
Quote: “Don’t change anything you did before diagnosis. Try to live life normally, and get back to your normal life as soon as possible.”
I want to say THANK YOU again to everyone who has supported You Can Do This, and especially to those whose generosity (both in time and money) made the booth at the Friends For Life conference earlier this month possible.
Because we know that not everyone who wanted to be there could be there, we wanted to recreate a bit of the atmosphere for you, while chronicling the journey.
(Thank you again to Advisory Team member Sara for help with video editing!)
The team at the You Can Do This Project booth at Friends For Life asked attendees two questions: “What would your advice be to other people with diabetes?” and “What kinds of things CAN you do with diabetes?”.
Here are their answers.
Contributors: Tom Kingery, Brian Foster, and Phil Southerland; www.teamtype1.org
Connection: Athletes with type 1 diabetes
Standout Quote: ”I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 7 months old. They said I’d be dead or blind by 25 – I’m not dead yet. I’m not done yet. All of Team Type 1 raced their bikes [across America] for you. If they can do it, YOU can do it.”
Contributors: “Captain Glucose” (type 2) and “Meterboy” (type 1)
Connection: Superheroes living with diabetes
Standout Quote: “Controlling your diabetes is not always easy, and some days you have to fight a little harder. But it’s something that doesn’t have to tie you down.”
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.”
Introducing “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.
This series kicks off with Volume 1: Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as an Adult. Meet Dayle, Brian, Sara, Debra and Chris. They’ll tell you about experiences like being misdiagnosed with type 2, what was hard about adjusting to their “new life”, how diabetes and sex co-exist, and what advice they have for others diagnosed with T1 later in life.
If they can do this, you can do this too.
Have an idea for a topic you’d like to see one of these videos made about? Know someone (like you, maybe?) that would be willing to participate in one? Email me.