Connection: Teen with type 1 diabetes
Quote: “Don’t feel like you have to [get involved] in stuff that is not your thing. I don’t want to get involved in exercise stuff; I want to do the [clinical] trials and research. [Don't be afraid to] speak up.”
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.”
Contributor: Aynzan; http://aynzan.blogspot.com
Connection: Newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
Blog post: http://aynzan.blogspot.com/2012/03/where-theres-will-theres-way.html
It took me some time to come to terms regarding my newly detected health issue. After analysing and comprehending the magnitude of the whole problem, I have stepped up with a totally new confidence in me. Like a mantra, I constantly keep repeating that I don’t want the ‘diabetes’ to take control of my life. And that’s when I decided to take the initiative to make amends: for me and for the sake of my dear family.
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.
Contributors: Denise (mom) and “Bean” (child); http://www.mysweetbeanandherpod.com/
Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes and her mom
Standout Quotes: “The only thing you cannot do is produce insulin, and that is not a big deal. There are many, many things you can do with diabetes!”
“The way I deal with it is the way she’s going to learn how to deal with it, and if we make it a big deal, it’s going to be a big deal to her. So, we don’t make it a big deal. We make it our friend. We deal with it; we make concessions; we make adjustments. There is nothing she can’t do.”
Contributor: Diane; http://dianespost.blogspot.com
Connection: Parent of a child with type 1 diabetes
Blog post: http://dianespost.blogspot.com/2011/06/you-can-do-this.html
“You can do this because you have strength in places you haven’t had to look yet. You have the love for your child that will drive you to find the way to coach him how to have the confidence to manage and thrive in his new world. And so you begin.
You move onto to your “new normal” with a positive and calm demeanor because you know he is watching your every move and taking his cues on how to handle all the unknowns from how you are handling them. You package up your own fear, worries and sadness and save it up for night or for your brief times alone in the car.
Diabetes is a family affair and while it makes me sad in places that I don’t have words for that my son’s childhood has been colored by this disease it has also brought a strength and bond to our family that gives me the peace to know we are able to handle our future. Diabetes is a part of us but it is not the soul of us.”
Contributor: Doc P; www.blackdiabeticinfo.com
Connection: Person with type 2 diabetes
Standout Quote: “Two months after being diagnosed with diabetes, I didn’t have a home anymore. Tornadoes swept through my area [...] and wiped out my apartment. So there I am, two months into being a diabetic – still processing that, which meant I’m crying like every day – and I lose my home. [...] I say, if I can do it, you can do this too.”
Connection: newly diagnosed (November, 2011) with type 1 diabetes
Standout Quote: “I remember the first day after being diagnosed, waking up and thinking, ‘I can’t do this’. I didn’t want to wake up; didn’t want to go take my insulin – which is a really scary thing at first. But I realized I can. I have the strength to do this, and so does everyone else. We’re all in this together.”
Contributor: Catherine; @dancethrubeetus
Connection: Person (and professional ballerina) with type 1 diabetes
Standout Quote: “Ballet is hard, but I stuck with it for 20 years. Diabetes is hard, and I’ll be sticking with that for many more years to come. (Hopefully not too many!) But I’m ready; I’m prepared. If I can wear my pump on stage and do 32 fouetté turns – then YOU can do this; I know you can. I didn’t quit dance; I kept going because I’m bigger than diabetes. Dance comes first. YOU come first. Diabetes comes second.”
Contributors: Employees of Medtronic (see blog post here)
Connection: Both persons with diabetes, and parents of children with diabetes
Standout Quotes: “I love to say that nothing is going to stop me, but there are times that diabetes stops me – where I live out my dreams during the day, but I curl up in bed at night and collapse on that pillow, and I still cry sometimes and say, ‘How can I actually do this tomorrow?’”
“I have gone to college on my own; I have traveled to China on my own [with] diabetes, I have repelled down 170 foot waterfalls with the insulin pump. [...] and you can, too.”