Category Archives: Staff Stories

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This Is World Diabetes Day

Kevin L. Hagan, CEO, American Diabetes Association

We need to shift our attitudes about diabetes, treating it with the urgent attention it deserves. As a society, we can’t afford to turn a blind eye any longer or leave this disease to the next generation to deal with. The time is now. Continue reading

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“This Is My Miracle. This Is Diabetes.”

Julie and daughter

Julie feared that type 1 diabetes would keep her from the one thing she wanted most: to become a mom. Finding the right doctor changed everything. Continue reading

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Live. Work. Play: Eric’s Diabetes Story

Team Moxie from left: Eric , Marcie and Claire.

When I started working with the American Diabetes Association in July 2015, this statistic became forever etched in my memory: Compared with non-Hispanic whites, the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes is 1.7 times higher among Latinos/Hispanics. Did it make me think twice about my eating habits and exercise regimen? It most certainly did. It also made me think about my family history. Continue reading

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Live. Work. Play: Kaylee’s Diabetes Story

Kaylee, Blake and Morgan at a reunion ,12 years after meeting.

My parents cried the first time I went off to camp; they didn’t want to leave me alone. It was my first sleepover camp and my first time away from them—the first time someone else would help me with my diabetes. I, however, was very excited about the possibilities of developing new friendships and learning from my counselors. Continue reading

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Live. Work. Play: Lynda’s Diabetes Story

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When I called my parents to tell them I had diabetes, I was scared. I thought that they would be disappointed in me for doing this to myself. I thought that they would be ashamed of me and my diabetes. But they were not. They were very supportive. Continue reading

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Live. Work. Play: Dave’s Diabetes Story

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Life took a huge detour 39 years ago when I walked out of the Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle. I carried with me a bag of literature on diabetes, some new experience injecting an orange with water and a feeling that normal was now just a word situated in the middle of the dictionary. Fortunately for me, I’ve never been very fond of that word.

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Live. Work. Play: Tamei’s Diabetes Story

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I want to share my story not to boast about my accomplishments, but to show others like me that it’s possible to pursue your dreams. Know that you are not alone and that you have the strength inside you to push through. You just have to believe in yourself. We have an entire Association that believes in all people with diabetes and works daily so that we can live a better life with diabetes. Continue reading

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