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Personal Stories

Every person with diabetes has a unique story and their own path of managing and responding to the challenges of diabetes. Even though each story is individual, we learn from hearing about one another’s experiences, from the highs to the lows. We bring you personal stories to show some of the many ways that individuals, families, and communities live well with diabetes and manage the condition.

Lauren Bongiorno, a diabetes coach and person living with type 1 diabetes, shares her top strategies for managing diabetes while traveling or stepping outside your daily...
Type 1 "dia-bride" Gretchen Woodson shares her step-by-step guide on how to pick your dress, wear diabetes devices, and prep for lows so you can have a worry-free...
Author Christine Fallabel, who has had type 1 diabetes since 2000, shares a powerful perspective on what she’s felt like living with the condition. Fallabel and others...
Explore Glitter Glucose’s guide on managing diabetes in summer from outdoor activity tips to device care. Includes a low-carb, sugar-free popsicle recipe for hot days.
Understand the stigma linked to medication use for diabetes and obesity management. Let's change the perception and enhance our healthcare conversations.
Explore the challenges of being transgender with diabetes, from emotional tolls to access to healthcare. Discover how one person found happiness and support.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that can lead to serious health complications including kidney failure, nerve damage, eye damage, heart disease, and stroke. Here’s how...
Sparling speaks out about the motivation behind her heartfelt, yet humorous collection of essays. She discusses growing up with diabetes, 'mentalbetes,' the power of...
Explore the challenges, insights, and triumphs of growing old with diabetes as long-term patients share their experiences and valuable advice.
Ben Tzeel, a registered dietitian and strength coach who has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 20 years, discusses his daily eating habits and what others with...
Jay Dunigan talks about his inspiring journey from his type 1 diabetes diagnosis to becoming an actor and film producer. His new short film, "Whiskey Floats," is part of...
Diabetes jewelry is more than just a fashion statement – it’s a lifesaving accessory.
diaTribe's own Diane Scherer shares strategies for managing diabetes around Passover.
Having diabetes puts you at risk for problems with your kidneys. Learn about the steps you can take, as recommended in the latest ADA Standards of Care, to maintain the...
One father who has type 1 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy shares advice with his daughter, who also has type 1, about how to prevent diabetic retinopathy. Discover...
People living with diabetes shared the impact that diabetes can have on their romantic relationships and love life.
diaTribe’s own Diane Scherer shares why she is both eager and hesitant as she navigates various diabetes devices over the years and offers tips for trying new technology.
What do you do when the approved drugs and treatments for managing your type 1 diabetes don’t seem to be enough? Lilly Varon, a teen with type 1 diabetes, turned to off-...
Every person with diabetes has something to teach diabetes care providers. This is a story about how education and technology can empower and motivate a person with...
Finding a mental health specialist who understands the challenges of managing diabetes can be difficult. Here’s what to consider in your search for a therapist who is...

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