“Veteran” PWDs (20+ years)

  • Video: Scott

    Contributor: Scott

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “I wasn’t going to let diabetes stop me from doing anything, and I’ve been able to do so much more.”

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  • Video: Crystal Bowersox



    Contributor: Crystal Bowersox; singer-songwriter and runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol.  crystalbowersox.com

    Connection: Adult living with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “I’m really enjoying my life, and my health. I just wanted to make this video to let everyone know that you can achieve your dreams.”

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  • 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: 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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  • Blog: Crystal

    Contributor: Crystal, http://randomlycapitalized.wordpress.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Blog post: http://randomlycapitalized.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/you-can-do-this/

    “Mostly what I learned, because it’s in my face way too often, is how Hard it is to receive “assistance” for a single, white female, 30s, educated, employed. Heck, add in the unemployed and it still doesn’t matter. Again, no advice needed, I’ve been there, read it, looked it up, looked into it.

    If any Any of you have questions about either unemployment, looking for work or living withOut insurance, never hesitate to ask, comment, tweet or email me. Never. I am an open book. If I can help, I will. That is a promise.

    I, a pre-existing chronic of twenty six years, educated and unemployed, uninsured and lacking self confidence, lonely, depressed, scared at times single thirty two year old female, Can Do This because I have. And so can you.”

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  • Video: Shannon

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5myRoFUjDks]

    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

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

    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

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE4oe1gYXo4]
    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: Joe Solowiejczyk

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzEuEl4GiuU]

    Contributor: Joe; Children With Diabetes

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “For me, the most difficult thing to come to terms with has been dealing with feelings of anger, rage, and frustration. I used to think that if I had those feelings, I was doing something wrong. It took me a long time and a lot of work to come to the realization and understanding that feelings are just a guide, and not a sign of whether I’m doing well or not.”

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  • Video: Jason

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5-W4S9lcD8]

    Contributor: Jason

    Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

    Quote: “When I went into the hospital, I had a blood sugar of 692. You can do diabetes. Have fun with it. Don’t let it stop you.”

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