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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 order at almost every restaurant, why it works for my diabetes, and 10 recent restaurant meals I’ve eaten
What readers have taught me in the past year about living better with diabetes
Overcoming the “thinking BIG” trap when starting new diabetes habits or doing anything hard
What my new vacuum reminded me about changing my own behavior
What factors matter most ? Where do I focus effort? How do I use “ripple effects” and “IFTTT” (If This, Then That) thinking? How do I avoid getting frustrated?
Acclaimed author James S. Hirsch on his encounter with a broken healthcare system while trying to obtain FreeStyle Libre for his teenage son
Adding 20 new factors, a whole new category on behavior and decisions, and research on unexpected things that impact blood sugar and diabetes
A unique mindset to resist tempting foods, including in peer-pressured group settings
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…
“Adam, what do you eat when you’re on a plane?” My six go-to strategies from hundreds of flights and airports
How I avoid one of my biggest diabetes landmines: “I don’t have an hour, so I can’t…”
How do I talk to family and friends about diabetes? Is this MY burden to bear? Are loved ones a “diabetes bright spot” or “diabetes police”?
Jim Hirsch tells the story of how Type 1 Team Texas emerged to meet the diabetes community's needs in the face of the hurricane
How I avoid highs, prevent lows, and stop blood sugar frustration during exercise
Q&A with Bike Beyond riders on what got them through a 10-week cross country bike trip
How a simple mindset trick transformed how I view blood sugars and use my diabetes data
How Adam Brown learned to make low-carb food tasty, doable, portable, and fun. Plus, cool new diabetes food experiments he's been testing!
The lame food advice at Adam Brown's diagnosis, why it didn’t work, and Adam's #1 Bright Spot solution
Why a good night of sleep transforms Adam Brown's diabetes the next day
Kerri Sparling on what it’s like to (attempt) balance raising young kids with managing diabetes – and how kids can be the best diabetes motivators