“This Is My Truth. This Is Diabetes.”

When you ask Jessica where “home” is, she pictures the Indian reservation in upstate New York where her parents are from. Jessica’s family is part of the Haudenosaunee—the people of the longhouses—where entire family units live together in one house with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and siblings. Close family ties define her community.

At nearly 16 percent, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest prevalence of diabetes among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Jessica knew she had a strong family history of type 2 diabetes, but didn’t think it would affect her until she was much older.

Jessica was only in her 30s when her family’s history of diabetes became her own reality. Now she is determined to take control of her disease so she can watch her seven nieces and nephews grow up.

This is her story.


During American Diabetes Month® we’re sharing the stories of people affected by diabetes, just like Jessica. What do YOU want the world to know about this disease?

If you or someone you know is living with diabetes, share your story during November using #ThisIsDiabetes. And learn more at http://diabetes.org/adm.

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2 Responses to “This Is My Truth. This Is Diabetes.”

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  2. Christopher Evans says:

    Today I went to the doctor he said I was pre-diabetes this is my which really scared me ,about 6 weeks ago I stopped smoking after 38 yrs. I think when I stopped smoking then I started eating more in just a few I gained 8 lbs.lwondering what’s worsed dieing of cancer or slowly losing parts of your body ? Ian 63 years old and I am taking care of my mother who suffers from dementia, the stress is another thing ..Today I went to the senior center and asked what I can do for both of us before we both drop dead . There going to help me first I have to lose about 35 lbs no more starchy foods . This is the first time in my life I can say I am scared . I lost most of my friends I grew up with ,I just wish I had someone to talk to about these problems, a friend someone I can trust. Well that’s my story I hoping I did not bore anyone.Thank You and God Bless You.

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