Importance of Community

  • 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: 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: 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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  • Blog: Colleen

    Contributor: Colleen; http://dmeanderings.wordpress.com

    Connection: Person with type 1/LADA diabetes

    Blog post: http://dmeanderings.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/you-can-do-this/

    “Finding out you have Type 1 (LADA) Diabetes at the […] age of 54 (one month before the 55th b’day) really, really stunk. Yes, I cried. Then I cried again at the grocery store trying to read those teeny, tiny nutrition labels. Then I cried again when I tried to eat some awful, cardboardy, “low carb” bread.

    It’s been one hell of a struggle. It’s been a whole lot of learning.

    But I am doing this because I can do this.

    And yes, I still cry sometimes, just not as often…”

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  • Video: Haley

    Contributor: Haley (website and video no longer online)

    Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “The hardest part is the emotional pain. Other people don’t know how it feels to be different. People make comments all the time. I feel labeled as ‘the diabetic girl’. I just want to be Haley.”

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  • Video: Shannon

    Contributor: Shannon; @lifewithtype1

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “Diabetes doesn’t always pick [the people] with the best support systems […] if you’ve dealt with the lack of family support, or the job frustration [because you needed health insurance], come talk to me.”

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  • Video: Kerri

    Contributor: Kerri; www.sixuntilme.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “We can do this; I know that we can. We can master this monster; we can draft up a plan. Or just fumble through days we’re unsure how to weather; the point is – we’re in this, and we’re in this together.”

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  • Video: Vic

     

     
    Contributor: Vic Kinnunen; insulindependence.org

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “For about 30 years, I lived in a situation where I really didn’t know any other diabetics. I didn’t want to know any other diabetics, or acknowledge the fact that I had diabetes. But, in the last five years I’ve found that there’s a huge community of diabetics, and it’s a resource that you can definitely leverage.”

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  • Video: Melissa

    Contributor: Melissa; @MelllBe

    Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “I see my diabetes as a blessing now, and I’m glad I stopped ignoring it. I’m so happy [that] I’ve had the support of people online – I did not know there were so many type 1 diabetics everywhere. It’s amazing.”

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  • Video: Josh Bliel

     

    Contributor: Josh Bliel; community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts

    Connection: No known personal connection to diabetes; Iraq war veteran with double leg amputation.

    Quote: “It was a big realization for me that other people deal with things too, and it’s normal. It’s okay to feel angry.”

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