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Live. Work. Play: Eric’s Diabetes Story

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

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

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

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

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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Live. Work. Play: Kelly’s Diabetes Story

Describing life with diabetes as a “24/7 job” is a common theme in the diabetes community. What with juggling healthy eating, exercise, medication, doctor visits, health insurance costs, etc.—diabetes care sometimes seems to take as much time and concentration as what one does for a living. Continue reading

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Live. Work. Play: Michael’s Diabetes Story

The number 17 is meaningful here because 17 years ago my internist diagnosed me with type 2 diabetes. I was floored, shaking, sweating. I felt panicky and started doing research—probably not the smartest thing to do the day of diagnosis. I had two daughters and my eldest would be diagnosed a few years later. I worried how long I would be around. I thought, “Will I walk them down the aisle? Hold my grandchildren? Face amputations?” Continue reading

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