Learning From Mistakes

  • Video: Kim

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45TIAN1_NmE]

    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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  • Video: Chris

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnEvM-Mn94U]

    Contributor: Chris; tobesugarfree.com

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “”[Diabetes] is a very personal disease, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a one man or one woman army fighting this battle. There’s a community that […] wants to help and offer support, because doing this by yourself is pretty miserable.”

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  • Video: Scott

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx0thL6lyig]

    Contributor: Scott; rollinginthed.wordpress.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “There are people in the diabetes online community who are not living the guidelines of living with diabetes – but they’re living it. I mean they’re really LIVING life. It’s so empowering [to see]. I don’t see diabetes as an opponent; I see it as a bad roommate. I’m stuck with you; you’re stuck with me. We don’t really like each other, but we make the best of it.”

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  • Video: Brian

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFbw6c31y38]

    Contributor: Brian; notmycell.blogspot.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “I can tell you; it hasn’t always been easy. I have made many mistakes; poor choices. Trying to keep my sugars low out of fear of anything happening to me – that your kidneys are going to go, that you’re going to go blind; that you’re going to lose a limb. I was always fearful of those effects of high sugars, so I made stupid choices trying to keep my own sugars low. […] It wasn’t until maybe the past three or four years that I realized that I wasn’t alone.”

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  • Video: Briley

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPVUjSiNRZU]

    Contributor: Briley; @4thandLife

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “The good days outnumber the bad, and that’s what you need to remember – that even on the bad days, there’s always someone there for you. We’re here, waiting for you to say ‘Help! I need you! I want some support!’ We’ll be there, just like everyone else was there for us.”

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  • Video: Joe and Reyna

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21MbdDfzewA]

    Contributors: Joe and Reyna; betabuddies.blogspot.com

    Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes and his mom

    Standout Quote: “I don’t like telling you this – it is a hard emotion to deal with, but frankly you will be envious; you will be jealous. Forgive yourself for these emotions. You are hurting; you are grieving. It is understandable. It is okay.”

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  • Video: JDRF

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mStFY55i46A]

    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.”

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  • Video: Anna

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slDyPpuCpzo]

    Contributor: Anna; @FatCatAnna

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “The thing with diabetes is that we are alive. […] We can live with diabetes. Yes, we will have good and bad days, but I think it makes us tougher. Even with the depression I’ve been going through, I’m alive.”

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  • Video: Scott

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SIT7B2plmY]

    Contributor: Scott Strange; www.strangelydiabetic.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “I have a story to share – so do you. You won’t find a better audience anywhere, and I guarantee that someone will be impacted by it in a very meaningful way.”

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  • Video: Elisa (En Español)

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWGr2bi2_6A]

    Contributor: Elisa; @Elisa1840

    Connection: Persona con diabetes tipo 1

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