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.”
Connection: Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18
Quote: “The hardest thing for me is… people feel sorry for me because I have diabetes, and I don’t really like that because it makes me realize how sick I actually am. I feel like I can live with my diabetes, but I have a really hard time living with all of these ‘I’m so sorry for you’ comments.
Remember that you are strong. You are brave. And you’re definitely not alone.”
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.”
Contributor: Abril and her mom, Mary
Connection: Child with type 1 diabetes, and caregiver/parent
English Translation (approximate):
Child: “Hi, my name is Abril and I have type 1 diabetes and I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old. I feel really happy and I can do whatever I want.”
Mom: “Hello, my name is Mary and I am Abril’s mom. It has been a year with Ms. Diabetes in the house, but we have realized that we can do anything. There have been some changes, right?”
Mom: “We have to exercise more, change some of our eating habits. About a year ago I couldn’t even talk about it. I would cry and cry. And today, I see that it is bad but it can be done. We have changed a lot, and we feel really happy about that. What makes me happier is that Abril can do anything – she competes in triathlons, marathons, she runs, she swims, and jumps. She is absolutely happy, and we have learned from this. Most importantly, we have to learn, right? Read and learn a lot about diabetes to succeed.”
” I was diagnosed at age 33, mid half-marathon training when I suffered a severe foot injury. I wasn’t sure if running again would be possible because of the diabetes and the 4 bone fusion I had in my right foot in December. I was determined to prove everyone wrong and on Oct 27, a little over a year later, I PR’d in the Houston Half Marathon – 2:2:00. Not bad for someone who almost died from DKA last May and who just started walking again in April. #DwontStopME”
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