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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  • “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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  • 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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