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.
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Diagnosed as an Adult
Although my pancreas failed 50 years ago, I have accomplished more than I expected. I am mother to two beautiful and healthy children who have blessed me with three healthy grandchildren. I attended college, achieved executive careers in corporate America and then transferred my skills to Federal Government for a civil service career. I retired […]
I look back on how much diabetes care has changed just in the time I’ve experienced it, and it completely blows my mind. I started off trying to manage life with the ticking time bomb that is NPH insulin, and here I am now with my glucose sensor communicating with my insulin pump to keep […]
I found out I had type 1 diabetes when I was starting college. I was told I wouldn’t be able to have children and that I shouldn’t expect to live past 40. Obviously that wasn’t the best thing to hear, but we now know that people with type 1 diabetes can and do thrive and […]
My sister was diagnosed with type 1 when she was five and I was eight, so type 1 has been a part of my life for a long time. I also couldn’t have any candies because my parents didn’t wanted her to have any candy or sugar around. Back then there was not as many […]
In 2007, when I was 17 years old, I started feeling unwell. I went to the hospital various times and was told I must be dehydrated. I became more tired through the years, experienced some nerve pain, and, in the last year, experienced severe weight loss and was so weak that I felt like I […]
It is hard to believe 10 years have already passed since my type 1 diabetes diagnosis. So much has changed in that time. While diabetes technology has advanced a great deal in that time, the mental and physical load of the disease remains as constant as ever. When I think back over the highs and […]
I agreed to have my second child participate in a study that screened for genetic markers of T1D at birth. When he screened positive, I asked to be screened for antibodies and they were positive! I was diagnosed with T1D at age 36 without having any symptoms. Research (and my son!) may have saved my […]
From Tracie, Susan’s daughter: My mom is a superstar! She struggled and survived undiagnosed too long! She rocks her insulin pump and cgm….this woman is my hero! I am so grateful to call her my mom.
I was initially misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After several months of learning, I realized my doctor was wrong and demanded a referral to an endocrinologist, where I was diagnosed type 1 diabetes. I now live a healthy life by eating low carb high protein. I became T1 at 42 years old.
I was 18 years old and extremely sick all of the time. I started to lose weight, take a lot of naps and no one seemed to understand why I was feeling this way. I went to my mom’s one’s day after eating lunch and fell asleep. She said she was hollering my name and […]