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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.

Why do Asians and Asian Americans face an increased risk for diabetes and prediabetes? Joanne Saunders shares her father’s diabetes story to help shed light on this...
People with diabetes who are also a part of the LGBTQ community face unique challenges when it comes to healthcare, dealing with stigma and body image issues. Shawn Laib...
Alan Uphold, who has type 1 diabetes, shares his experiences with disclosing his diabetes to strangers, friends, and loved ones, and he offers tips for others on how to...
Time in Range (TIR) is more than just another diabetes metric; it is a tool that can be used to improve communication with your healthcare providers and empower you both...
diaTribe is launching a new website, dStigmatize.org, to provide a comprehensive resource for understanding, reducing, and ending diabetes stigma. Reducing diabetes...
Having diabetes can take a serious toll on your mental health. How can you take care of your body both mentally and physically, and what resources do others turn to when...
Participating in clinical trials are a way for people with diabetes to be directly involved in the evolution of diabetes care. Julie Heverly shares her experience being...
Former NFL player and veteran sports reporter Mike Golic talks about creating an individual treatment plan to best fit your needs, how he uses diabetes technology, and...
Amber Clour has been living with diabetes for almost forty years, and she is no stranger to the many curveballs diabetes can throw your way. She shares how she navigates...
After a harrowing experience with diabetes-related complications, Jayne Jones made drastic changes to the way she was living that helped turn everything around. Her new...
Daya Betty, a 25-year-old drag queen from Springfield, Missouri, is showing the world that diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from doing whatever you want – including...
Diabetes can be an isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Even if you can’t connect with people in person, there are many ways to find community online. Learn...
Hope Warshaw interviews Lauren Plunkett, a person with diabetes, registered dietitian, and certified diabetes care and education specialist to learn how she reframed her...
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Kidney disease is a serious complication that affects roughly one in three people with diabetes in their lifetime. Two patient advocates share their stories – things...
Anthony Wilson, a patient advocate with the Know Diabetes by Heart campaign, discusses his diagnosis journey, the stigma he has experienced, and his advice to others on...
Stacey McGill in Netflix’s "The Baby-Sitters Club," adapted from Ann M. Martin’s book series, is a character that many people with diabetes finally have the opportunity...
For National Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Month, we asked members of the diaTribe community what access to care means to them. You can check out all of their...
Having type 1 diabetes in college can be challenging. Zach Jonas, a senior at Amherst, shares how you can navigate being alone for the first time, partying like an...
A diabetes diagnosis can be frightening and confusing. Taking care of your mental health (as well as your physical health) is key to living a healthy life with diabetes...

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