Life with Type 2 stories

12/17/18
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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