Share Your Story
Every story matters. From the moment of diagnosis to the time you conquered the overnight basal rate to the moment when you realized that the CWD community has your back, every story in your diabetes life matters.
Do you have a story to share about your experiences with diabetes? We want to hear from you! Tell us your story using the form below and we'll consider it for inclusion in the CWD Stories section of our website.
100 Years of Us
Stories collected from CWD’s 100 Years of Us campaign in 2021, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 15 by my twin brother. Previous to that, I’d never even heard the word. But I know I’d lost about 30 pounds without explanation; was drinking a ton of water; falling asleep randomly; and using the restroom nonstop…something was up. It must have had to do with […]
Life with diabetes has not been easy, with crazy lows, scary highs, and some tough decisions all make up for some trying times. Nothing was more difficult for me though than when I lost my insurance. I had just started a new insulin pump and then was told that I would not be covered anymore […]
On January 19, 2016, Trace was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 18 months old. After weeks of exhibiting extreme thirst (which we attributed to teething), soaking through his diapers and vomiting, Trace became very lethargic and could barely move or hold his head up. After taking him to the pediatrician’s office, […]
Our family has gone through receiving a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes over and over and over and over – four times, to be exact. In 1997, our middle child was four when he was diagnosed. It was a shock since no one else in the family had ever had type 1. At that time, […]
My Diabetes Story you ask? Ok let’s do this! It’s been 21 years since I was diagnosed, so my diabetes is a full-fledged adult now! How is that even possible?! What is impossible is me forgetting my day of diagnosis. I went from the joy of celebrating my 11th birthday a few days earlier to […]
It’s fulfilling to look back on my life and think of how much I’ve done – how much I’ve gotten to experience and really glean out of this short time I have here. In 2016, I made my debut as an obstacle course competitor on the Netflix series Ultimate Beastmaster. After that, I started my […]
I was but two years old when I was diagnosed, in very different times. My identical twin brother is not a diabetic of any sort. At such an age it was not something to embrace and with very little to help it could be a fearful life. It was expected that I would both have […]
My diabetes, in the beginning. In 1945 I started school in the first grade, the next day after Labor Day. I did not feel like going, but my parents wanted me to go even though I was only five years old. I was six years old during the second week of my school year. I […]
Some people grow up aware of diabetes because they know someone or know of someone who lives with it. Sometimes it is a relative or a friend of a friend. Or someone’s aunt’s cat. My relationship with diabetes is unique. Long before my diagnosis, I was connected to diabetes and the discovery of insulin. My […]
It’s impossible to describe the impact that Friends for Life has had to our family but we all honestly can’t imagine life without the amazing people we met through FFL! In 2015 we hit seven years with Type 1 and the “seven year itch”. We were all burnt out, tired of diabetes and had faced […]