Life with Type 2 stories

12/17/18
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Mexican Diabetes Federation CEO Gisela Ayala Talks Diabetes in Mexico


Mexican Diabetes Federation CEO Gisela Ayala shares her diabetes story and the prevelance of diabetes in Mexico and meeting its challenges. READ MORE

One on One with ADA CEO Tracey Brown


Tracey D. Brown is the CEO of the American Diabetes Association. BT2 had a candid conversation with Brown about community needs + what's ahead for the ADA.READ MORE

I Had to Learn About Severe Hypoglycemia on My Own 


Ceci Garcia was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes on her 23rd birthday. Since then, she's dealt with frequent hypoglycemia episodes and learned about Glucagon and severe hypoglycemia on her own. READ MORE

Overcoming Hypoglycemia to Own My Diabetes


Cindy Lou has been living with Type 2 diabetes for nearly 5 years. With no knowledge of hypoglycemia, her first experience with it was clinically defined as severe hypoglycemia. Over the years she's been living with Type 2 diabetes, Cindy oversees several online diabetes support groups and is also a member of DiabetesSisters. She talked to Beyond Type 2 about how she's come to address hypoglycemia in her life and why it's important for people with Type 2 diabetes to aware of it. READ MORE

Taking the Blame and Shame Out of Complications


Noted T1D blogger Renza Scibilia and Twitter's Chris Aldred ("The Grumpy Pumper") talk about blaming and shaming when it comes to complications.READ MORE

Motivated to Lose Weight After a Back Injury


Adrián Márquez heard his vertebrae crack while doing menial chores. A visit to the doctor motivated him to lose weight to heal his injury. Read more here.READ MORE

I Didn’t Know Glucagon was an Option


Jenita Stubblefield has been living with Type 2 diabetes since 1995. She recalls her episodes and just recently learned that Glucagon is an option to treat hypoglycemia. Read her story here. READ MORE

Finding Our Inner Foodie with Shelby Kinnaird


Shelby Kinnaird has been living with Type 2 diabetes for 20 years. Since her diagnosis, she's started her website, The Diabetic Foodie, to show people with diabetes can eat well without sacrificing flavor or neglecting their sweet tooth. As a member of DiabetesSisters, an organization dedicated to helping women live well with diabetes, Kinnaird serves as a PODS leader, where she hosts meetups to help women find peer support. She chatted with the Beyond Type 2 team to share her diagnosis story, her website, role with DiabetesSisters, and easy ways for you to start cooking at home today.READ MORE

Remaining Fierce in the Face of Type 2 Diabetes


Tiff McFierce is a DJ and Music Director for the NY Liberty Basketball Team. Diagnosed w/ Type 2 diabetes in 2017, she's remaining fierce in the face of it.READ MORE

Mil Familias: Diabetes in Latino Families


Beyond Type 2 talked to Namino Glantz, Associate Director of Mil Familias Programs, to get details on what makes the program so important.READ MORE

Diabetes Support Helped Me Confront Trauma


Shanerica Churchill has had Type 2 diabetes since August 2018. Receiving support from her husband helped her confront trauma and thrive with diabetes. Read her story here and how having a supportive partner is essential to her diabetes care. READ MORE

Beyond the Stigma: Diabetes and Body Image 


Bianca Grima is a 17-year-old from New Zealand living with Type 2 diabetes. She advocates living beyond the stigma of negative body image in diabetes. Read her story on how she maintains and promotes body positivity and how you can do it, too. READ MORE

Diabetes Sisters CEO Anna Norton on Building Peer Support Through Sisterhood


Anna Norton is the CEO of DiabetesSisters, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women with all types of diabetes live healthier and fuller lives. The organization offers a range of education on women's health issues and support services, including online and in-person meetups, and programs. Recognizing that emotional and peer support are vital to a woman's overall wellbeing, DiabetesSisters provides an environment where women can openly share information and their own stories to form meaningful bonds. Norton, who's been living with Type 1 diabetes for over 25 years, talked to Beyond Type 2 about the organization and the importance of peer support among women with diabetes.READ MORE

Challenging Diabetes in the Kitchen with Chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz


Leticia Moreinos Schwartz is a spokesperson for America’s Diabetes Challenge, a program from Merck that urges people with Type 2 diabetes to work with their doctors to set and reach their A1C goal, as well as learn the symptoms of hypoglycemia and how to reduce its risk. As part of her role, she’s featured in the program’s documentary, “A Touch of Sugar”, which aims to destigmatize Type 2 diabetes. Leticia spoke with the Beyond Type 2 team about her role in the documentary, her passion for helping people with Type 2 diabetes overcome the challenges to healthy cooking, and her own personal link to Type 2 diabetes. READ MORE

I Know What’s Best for Me


It's frustrating when doctors think they know what's always best for you without getting to know you, first. In the end, I know what's best for me and wish doctors respected that. However, I know how to advocate for myself and want others with Type 2 diabetes to know how, too.READ MORE

Getting to Know Mila Clarke Buckley, the Hangry Woman


Mila Clarke Buckley is a Houston-based Type 2 diabetes advocate and digital storyteller. She started her website, The Hangry Woman, after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2016. Per her website, her goal is to show every person with diabetes has nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to their chronic illness. Mila chatted with the Beyond Type 2 team about her diabetes diagnosis story, how she currently manages diabetes, and her approach to eating her favorite dishes.READ MORE

Learning about Black Diabetic Info with Phyllisa Deroze


Phyllisa Deroze, Ph.D., is the founder of Black Diabetic Info and Diagnosed Not Defeated, where her mission is to provide culturally-competent, personal, and professional information about diabetes in black communities. Since 2011, Dr. Deroze has been living with Type 2 diabetes and travels around the world as a global diabetes patient advocate. Dr. Deroze chatted with the Beyond Type 2 team about her diagnosis story, Black Diabetic Info, and how she got involved with global diabetes advocacy.READ MORE

Beyond Type 2 x DiabetesSisters: Sisterhood Takeover


Starting September 30th, sisterhood takes the spotlight on Beyond Type 2 and Beyond Type 1's Instagram pages! We're partnering with DiabetesSisters to show how women in their organization live #BeyondPowerful and #LiveBeyond with Type 2 and Type 1 diabetes.READ MORE

I Help the Unprotected in México


José Guadalupe is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and experiences with diabetes with those in the poorest, rural areas of Mexico to promote awareness.READ MORE

A Second Chance in Life


This was my second chance and thanks to which I was able to make great decisions and favorable changes in my life, thanks to diabetes, I believe this second chance has been a blessing in my life because without her I would not have learned to love and love others and I probably would not be hereREAD MORE

Connecting Mental Health and Physical Health to Diabetes


Mental health as a big part of Type 2 diabetes management. Is it an under-discussed topic? Read Alexis Elliot's thought about this important topic in Diabetes Education. READ MORE

Understanding Nutrition for Diabetes Management


Diana is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master's in Nutrition Science. She combines evidence-based, medical nutrition therapy with a personalized holistic approach to help others develop a healthy, lasting relationship with food. Learn more about her story and approach to understanding nutrition for diabetes management. READ MORE

The Wake-Up Call I Gave Myself


Melissa lived for years relying on medication, but she realized that she needed to take her management into her own hands to be truly healthy and happy.READ MORE

Beyond Type 3c?: A Pancreatitis Diabetes Diagnosis


Beyond Type 3c? That's how Robert Valdez is living. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis-induced diabetes in 2019. He also suffers from a spinal cord that impacts his diabetes care. Read his story here. READ MORE

A Chat with Robert Lewis, the Happy Diabetic


Chef Robert Lewis, aka the Happy Diabetic, shares his experience living with Type 2 diabetes, connecting with audiences through food, and how you can begin making healthy meals at home today.READ MORE

Language Matters


Diabetogenic blog creator Renza Scibilia writes about the power of language and why it matters so much, especially in the diabetes space.READ MORE

How I Empower African-Americans to Live Well with Diabetes


Dr. Lisa Sumlin is a researcher who specializes in diabetes treatment. She works with patients with Type 2 diabetes and addresses the common issues minorities face while living with the disease. Read more of her story here.READ MORE

How I Managed Type 2 Diabetes While Pregnant


Ashley Leigh has been living with Type 2 diabetes for over a decade. In those years, she has given birth to two healthy babies. Ashley shared her story with us about how she managed her diabetes while pregnant and advice she has for those with Type 2 who are planning to start a family. READ MORE

Two Types of Diabetes Under One Roof


Christine Kanderski shares the story of her son and his grandmother, who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes respectively. READ MORE

A LADA Thoughts


All I knew was something was wrong and I was happy my endo appointment was just a few days later. It never occurred to me the cause was a different diagnosis. It never occurred to me that it was LADA.READ MORE

My Diabetes, My Piano.


Life with diabetes is very similar to piano keys. I don't know much about music ... but I do know that the black keys are identified as flats and sharps (which mean they are sustained)... How can someone join sounds together to create a melody if the keys are not marked?.... That's why some keys are white, others are black. READ MORE

Diagnosed with Type 2 at Age 12, But I Call Myself a Diabetic Hybrid


Marisol was diagnosed with T2D at the age of 12. Diabetes is part of you. Learn to love and embrace this new part of your life because your survival depends on it."READ MORE

Interview with Country Music Songwriter Steve Seskin: Managing Diabetes on the Road


Country music songwriter, Steve Seskin, talks about three-decades long life with Type 2 diabetes and how he manages it while on the road 150 days a year. READ MORE

This CDE is All About Type 2 and You


Megan Munoz is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She runs a blog called "Type 2 and You", where she addresses the struggles people with Type 2 diabetes experience, including shame, the lack of self-management training, and more. Megan recently chatted with Beyond Type 2 to talk about her unique approach to putting her patients on the path to lasting behavior changes, why she loves working as a diabetes educator, and what behavior changes people with Type 2 diabetes can make today. READ MORE

Former Professional Wrestler Discusses Living with Diabetes


Randy Thornton is a former NFL player and professional wrestler. He played for the Denver Broncos from 1988-1990 and wrestled in the WCW from 1991 to 1998 under the name "Swoll" as member of Master P's No Limit Soldiers. Since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2011, Thornton has become an advocate for people living with the disease. Read our interview with himREAD MORE

My Rejection for Life Insurance Revealed My Type 2 Diagnosis


Jeannette Alligood is a health coach who has been living with Type 2 diabetes since 2016. Her diagnosis was revealed after being rejected by life insurance. READ MORE

Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes after Being Displaced by Hurricane Katrina


April Lawrence was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the midst of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Read about how April took charge of her diabetes treatment while rebuilding her life in Atlanta after being displaced. READ MORE

Swimming Master Turned Diabetes Educator


I belonged to the Master Swimming Team so I didn’t think I could ever develop diabetes. My health was good and my habits were almost perfect. This is how I changed my life. READ MORE

Diagnosed with Type 2 Without Experiencing the Typical Symptoms


Antionette Blake is a multi-award winning blogger from Delaware and the owner of ABlake Enterprises, a social media management & consulting company. Antionette was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in January 2019 without experiencing the typical symptoms.READ MORE

A Caribbean Certified Diabetes Educator’s Perspective on Diabetes Care in Trinidad


A conversation with Anica Sanoir, a Caribbean Certified Diabetes Educators and owner of the Caribbean Lifestyle Diabetes Centre. READ MORE

How I’ve Dealt with My “Freshman” Year of Type 2 Diabetes


Bill Santos was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2018. He likens adjusting to diabetes to living in a new country and reflects on the changes he made in his first "freshman" year of having Type 2 diabetes.READ MORE

Health Insurance – Pulling Back the Veil


Brenda Hunter discusses how people with diabetes can learn to appeal insurance claims and other challenges faced when dealing with health insurance companies. READ MORE

What Nobody Told Me About Accepting a Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis


You know what diet and exercise to expect after a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. But what about everything else? Phyllisa Deroze talks about what no one told her about accepting her diagnosis.READ MORE

How I Found Myself in an Unexpected Hypoglycemia Crisis


Adrian Marquez has been living with Type 2 diabetes for over 7 years, however, while learning about his condition, he experienced an episode of hypoglycemia. Adrian has been featured in our #BeyondPowerful campaign on Instagram. Read more about his experience below. READ MORE

How Luther Vandross Inspired Me to Become a Diabetes Advocate


Max Szadek, the personal assistant of the late legendary R&B singer, Luther Vandross, talks about how his former boss's battle with diabetes inspired him to start a non-profit diabetes advocacy organization. READ MORE

How to Remove Shame from Type 2 Diabetes


There's no reason to be ashamed to have Type 2 diabetes. Read our article on how to resolve and remove shame from Type 2 diabetes in your life.READ MORE

I Didn’t Beat Diabetes, I Fight with It


Diabetes patient advocate, Phyllisa Deroze, writes about her ongoing battle with diabetes and gets real about winning and losing with it.READ MORE

Sugar in Action, a diabetes runner’s life experience


Edgar Garcia became one of the most important T2D influencers in Latin America after his diagnosis. This is his story. READ MORE

An Interview with Susan Weiner from the Science Advisory Council


Susan Weiner, (MS, RDN, CDE, FAADE) is the owner and clinical director of Susan Weiner Nutrition, PLLC. She has been elected to serve as a Director, on the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Board of Directors, 2018-2020. READ MORE

Meet T’ara: The Project Manager of Beyond Type 2


T'ara Smith, MS, joined the Beyond Type 1 team in December 2018 as the project manager for Beyond Type 2. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the summer of 2017, T'ara has dedicated her career to helping people live full lives with Type 2 diabetes.  READ MORE

How much does it cost to produce insulin?


A recent study sets prices for the future of biosimilars.READ MORE

Introducing Francine Kaufman: Newest Member of Science Advisory Council


Meet Francine Kaufman M.D., the newest member of the Beyond Type 1 Science Advisory Council! Dr. Kaufman recently spoke with Beyond Type 1 about her history of treating diabetes, her work abroad, the global diabetes landscape, and the future of T1D.READ MORE

6 Ways to Make Healthy Eating Easy


Taylor Riggs, registered dietician and food enthusiast, has just published her cookbook Real Food, Real Simple. In addition to dozens of scrumptious paleo-friendly and gluten-free recipes, she has some sage advice on food and health for those living with Type 1 diabetes. These 6 easy tips can help jump-start a healthier lifestyle!READ MORE

Start Working out with T2D


Fitness personality and diabetes advocate, Christel Oerum, shares her tips on how you can start your fitness journey with diabetes! Read more on how to find your formula to successfully combine diabetes and exercise. READ MORE

Secrets to Lowering Your A1C — A Diabetic Health Coach Gives Us the Scoop


Today, I want to share with you how I lowered my A1C from a 7.5 to a 5.7, and became the healthiest and happiest I have ever been. If you want tighter control of your blood sugar numbers, start by looking at your level of satisfaction in these 5 areas:READ MORE

Yoga for People with Diabetes


Interested in yoga? Then this piece is for you. Lauren Bongiorno shares how yoga helped her manage diabetes, including helping her become more mindful about her food choices and practice discipline. READ MORE

Swimming On Insulin


Hannah Vester is a competitive swimmer and a person with diabetes, read her story on how she manages while staying on top of her game. READ MORE