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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.

How I avoid one of my biggest diabetes landmines: “I don’t have an hour, so I can’t…”
Overcoming the “thinking BIG” trap when starting new diabetes habits or doing anything hard
Chronic kidney disease is a serious condition that will affect almost 40% of people with diabetes. Actress and dance icon Debbie Allen is partnering with the National...
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...
Planning to travel over the holidays? Use this helpful checklist to make sure you have everything you need to get to your destination safely.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Traveling provides very specific challenges for people with diabetes. Alan Uphold shares his experiences traveling, what tools and tricks he uses, and his checklist when...
For National Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Month, the “Check Your Risk Campaign” is encouraging people to take an eight-question test to identify their risk for...
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...
My approach to time-in-range goals, five key tips to spend more time-in-range each day, and what’s still to come from experts…
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
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...
Outdoor adventures take extra planning for people with diabetes. Justine shares tips for packing supplies, keeping insulin cold, staying hydrated, and managing blood...
Time in Range, or TIR, is quickly becoming a metric everyone is talking about in diabetes. Whether you’re a TIR expert, or you just learned about this new metric, learn...
Misguided questions, such as "can you eat that?" from well-meaning friends and family can feel infuriating. Sara Zarr shares how she responds to misconceptions without...
Dexcom and Garmin now offer a way to see your glucose levels and trends on your compatible Garmin smartwatch or cycling computer. Don Muchow, a seasoned extreme...

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