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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.

We asked readers, “Who’s Your Bright Spot?” Read about those who make life with diabetes better and brighter
Adam’s presentation at Friends for Life 2019
Children, ages 4 to 17, met with Members of Congress to help them understand what it’s like to live with type 1 diabetes and why research for a cure is so important...
Low-carb pizza, low-cost produce home delivered, staying in-range during long exercise (UCAN), getting paid for steps, and Starbucks’ egg bites
JDRF Chief Mission Officer Dr. Aaron Kowalski has been named the organization’s next President and CEO. See our exclusive interview with Dr. Kowalski!
How Jamie Kurtzig, a high school student using a DIY automated insulin delivery system, manages her type 1 diabetes
An inside look into former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's book, "Mission Driven Leadership: My Journey as a Radical Capitalist"
Transitioning care from parent to child can be a stressful time for families with diabetes – six strategies on how to reduce the burden
Tips to reduce the pain and hassle of pricking your finger each time you check your blood sugar levels on a meter
Read about Kelly’s better quality of life on Loop, as well as the difficulties that ultimately ended her Looping experience; part 2 of a series on a hybrid-closed-loop...
Read about Adam’s time-in-range over two years on Loop – +2 hours/day! – along with quality of life changes, better sleep, and the mealtime impact. Part 1 of a series on...
How Kerri Sparling navigates CGM sharing with friends and family and how it’s helped her feel less self-conscious about her numbers
Five reviews of Virta Health’s type 2 diabetes treatment from diaTribe readers over one year. What is it like to receive real-time medical supervision, 1:1 coaching, and...
Effective tips for surviving food-focused gatherings, defeating stress, cooking smart, sneaking in exercise, and optimizing sleep. Plus, clever recipes and great book...
How I managed my blood sugars after emergency surgery, IV dextrose madness, why CGM is desperately needed in the hospital, the ludicrous cost of fingersticks, and more
Listen to it free here on diaTribe or get it on Amazon, Audible, or iTunes
How ten minutes, two easy tasks, and one Post-It Note help me start days on brighter note
How you can get a copy of Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me.
When the benefits seem “long term,” it’s easy to deprioritize habits today. How to overcome the time perspective challenge – and it costs nothing!
A restaurant mistake and four lessons I’m taking away from it…

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