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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.

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diaTribe’s community manager Cherise Shockley interviewed Karen Washington, one of the stars in the PBS documentary Blood Sugar Rising, about her work to make healthy...
After a month of her daughter using Control-IQ, Katie Bacon reviews the pros and cons of the algorithm and shares her family’s tips and takeaways
Stefany Shaheen shares her daughter’s story of diabetic ketoacidosis and the hospital’s response, and her takeaways from this experience
Thirty years of diabetes management prepared me to take care of my body, fight COVID-19, and recover from the virus
Daily information and statistics about the pandemic mean that the news is constant and can be overwhelming. Here’s how diaTribe’s Community Manager is handling her COVID...
Katie Bacon talks with healthcare professionals, parents, and students about when and how to give children and teens more responsibility in their diabetes management
diaTribe writer and editor Jim Hirsch reviews an outstanding new PBS documentary that explores and gives new voices to the diabetes epidemic in the US
For some, school cancelations and working from home have added stress that can make diabetes management even more difficult. Here are the perspectives and strategies of...
diaTribe's editor-in-chief, Kelly Close, reviews David Kessler's new book "Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs: The Simple Truth about Food, Weight and Disease”
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.”
Outdoor adventures take extra planning for people with diabetes. Justine shares tips for packing supplies, keeping insulin cold, staying hydrated, and managing blood...
More time in range and lower stress! In this Trial Watch, Kerri Sparling shares her experience with Tandem's Control-IQ
Michael writes about his diagnosis with type 2 diabetes, and how he used a CGM to put his type 2 diabetes into remission
A new study shows that physical activity can add years to your life. Is this enough to motivate behavior change?
A low carb diet can be difficult to follow, especially for children. Katie Bacon explains several ways in which low carb principles can be adapted to real life
Jamie Kurtzig, a high school student living with type 1 diabetes, just published a book of 100 poems that she has written over the last ten years
Comedian and actor Billy Gardell spoke with diaTribe about his journey with type 2 diabetes and how he has changed both his outlook and his habits
When first diagnosed, Renza was told to fear diabetes complications. This clouded her ability to do even the most basic of self-management
A few weeks ago, Kelly experienced severe hypoglycemia (she left her RileyLink in her basement by accident!) – lucky for her, she had just picked up a new emergency...

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