No One Gets It

  • Video: Emily

    Contributor: Emily; http://aimingforaverage-a1c.blogspot.com/

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “A lot of people sympathize with me when they hear that I have to inject myself with a huge needle every three days when I change my infusion site. I guess it’s easy for non-diabetics to sympathize with the physical pain, because that’s something they can understand or have experienced themselves, but what they can’t understand is the other kinds of pain that come with this disease: the loneliness of feeling like you’re the only one having to deal with it, the anger and self-pity that comes when you’re wondering, ‘Why me?’, and the frustration and disappointment when your A1C comes back too high.”

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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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  • 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: Katie

    Contributor: Katie; princessofpavement.wordpress.com

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

    Quotes: “This disease does not make the rules for me. I am 34 years old, I have run two marathons, five half-marathons… [...] and in two month’s time, I will be giving birth to my first child.”

    “There were many years where I struggled, rebelled, hated everything to do with diabetes, and thought I was the only one out there dealing with these issues.”

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  • Video: Scott

    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: Sarah

    Contributor: Sarah; @SugabeticMe

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “One thing to remember about diabetes is that it can be stressful; it can be hard. Every day is a struggle. It is a battle to try and look normal, act normal, be like everybody else and still fall within the guidelines that are set for us to be so ‘perfect’, [by] the medical community. Looking back, I’m telling you – never let diabetes stop you from doing the things you want to do.”

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  • Video: Danielle

    Contributor: Danielle; @DanNicole88

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: {In a letter to a younger version of herself} “You are in control. Sometimes you will not feeling like testing. Sometimes you will want to cry because you have simply had enough. Some days, even after 11 years, you will still feel like you have no idea what you’re doing. Keep going. I promise that if you monitor your blood sugars, eat healthy and take insulin when you’re supposed to, that you will feel great about yourself. On some days, you will dream about what life would be like if you were “normal”, but you can’t think that way. You ARE normal.”

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