• Video: Shannon

    Contributor: Shannon; @ShanMarengo

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes and PCOS

    Quote: “I wish I’d had the opportunity to have tools like this – friends, online tools available when I first had that horrible conversation with that doctor [when I was first diagnosed with diabetes] who told me I would never have a child, because it was a very hopeless feeling. But now I know that I can, and I have.”

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  • Video: Kate

    Contributor: Kate;

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “Things are going to really suck at times, and things are going to be really exhausting and overwhelming at times. But I know that there’s all of you out there who’ve got my back, and I know that when you reach to me, I’ve got your back too, and I know exactly what you’re talking about. […] Knowing that you guys are out there; knowing that there’s a world of people with diabetes and it’s not just me going to these 92 doctor appointments, is pretty frigging awesome.”

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  • Video: Sandy

    Contributor: Sandy

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes (Joslin 50-year medalist)

    Quote: “You CAN do it, but you have to have a good personality, and you have to be on guard all the time. You can’t take a vacation from diabetes, because it can do damage.”

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  • Video: Katie

    Contributor: Katie;

    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: 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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  • Podcast: Janice

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    Contributor: Janice

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes; Joslin 50-year medalist (has lived with insulin-dependent diabetes for at least 50 years)

    Standout Quote: “It hasn’t been an easy trip, but it’s been a wonderful one. […] I’m very grateful to medical science for all of the discoveries that have helped me to live with type 1 for 56 years. I want everyone to know that it is most certainly worth the effort to try to take care of yourself, because life is wonderful and we should enjoy every moment of it that we have. You can do it; you can get through the hard times.”

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  • Video: Sysy

    Contributor: Sysy;

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “Hope is the way to go. Push negativity out of your head; do what you have to do. Don’t listen to those who are feeding you toxic thoughts or bringing you down. Try to have faith and ride out the inevitable storms, because there’s nothing else to do but get through. Hang in there!”

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  • Video: Melissa

    Contributor: Melissa;

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “My medical team labeled me as ‘non-compliant’, and I grew more and more resentful at that – I was working so hard, and they made it sound like I was the only diabetic in the world that just didn’t have it together.”

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