Life with Type 2 stories

 

T2D As A Catalyst For Change: How Jamie Focused On Poetry + Community


Jamie used his type 2 diagnosis as a catalyst for change in his life. MORE

How Therapy Helped Me After My Diabetes Misdiagnosis


For T’ara Smith, the tools she learned in therapy to manage negative thoughts helped her weather big life transitions—and a misdiagnosis of type 2 diabetes.MORE
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Getting Therapy as a Man with Diabetes: “Our pride gets the best of us.”


Asking for help is never easy—especially for a man in today’s world where mental health is often overlooked. Here, Keith shares why asking for help was worth it.MORE

LeAnne’s Type 2 Diagnosis + Connecting With Others On Social Media


From crash dieting to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, LeAnne shares her story. MORE

Finding Adventure in Life with Type 2 + FreeStyle Libre


"I think the fact that I went on a cruise the day after getting diagnosed is very telling of how living with diabetes would go for me. I never let diabetes hold me back from adventure."MORE

HCP’s Perspective on Diabetes Success: Learn to Celebrate the Small Wins


Quisha Umemba RN, CDCES, CHWI shares thoughts on how success w/ type 2 diabetes is more than about A1C and how to celebrate the small wins. MORE

(Un)doing Diabetes Stigmas and Changing Public Perception


Here, we take a look at the public perception of diabetes and the way people with diabetes treat each other.MORE

Transforming Tobi: A Story About Fitness & Mental Health


Tobi learned to prioritize both fitness and mental health after being diagnosed with type 2.MORE

A Different Kind of Happiness: Defining My Own Success with Type 2 Diabetes


Living a happy life with type 2 diabetes, beyond A1C, looks different for everyone. Bill Santos shares what successful management looks like for him. MORE
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Losing Weight with Type 2 Diabetes: “You cannot hate yourself to wellness.”


Mary Van Doorn shares her weight loss journey over 20+ years with type 2 diabetes while facing the biggest obstacle—her emotional wellness.MORE
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Forgetting to Take Insulin, Until I Started Wearing a Pump


Katrin was juggling family, work, and T2D - but forgetting to take her insulin. Read how Omnipod changed that.MORE

How Starting a GLP-1 Helped This Chef Address Diet Culture


Chef and nurse, Travis Cleaves, shares how starting a GLP-1 to manage Type 2 diabetes helped him view diet culture in a new light. MORE

Former Chef with Type 2 Diabetes Proves Great Food Can Be Healthy + Tasty


Former Chef, Carlos Gonzalez, learned how to make healthy food choices without sacrificing flavor after he was diagnosed with T2D. MORE

Making Small Changes + Incorporating Time In Range With Freestyle Libre


Liz Davis shares how her Freestyle Libre and time-in-range feature has helped strengthen her diabetes management regimen.MORE

Here’s How 27 People with Type 2 Diabetes Manage Low Blood Sugars


Gummy bears, milk or juice, rest. What do you do when your blood sugar drops low? We asked our community and collected their responses. MORE

I Accidentally Took 18 Units of the Wrong Insulin


Jean Flunker shares how she accidentally took the wrong insulin and her thoughts on insulin stigma in Type 2 diabetes. MORE

A Game Plan to Remember to Take Insulin


Vickie Nell shares her story, the impact of missing insulin dosages, and how she remembers to take insulin. MORE

I Wish People with T1D Understood THIS About Type 2 Diabetes


Let's fight the stigma around Type 2 diabetes and advocate for all people living with the chronic illness. MORE
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Using a CGM for My Type 2 Diabetes


Three people with Type 2 diabetes share how using a CGM has changed the way they manage their blood sugars—and how much safer they feel, too.MORE
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After Years of Denial, This Man Manages His Diabetes with Insulin


When Arvind Ramaswamy was diagnosed with MODY 1 diabetes at 25 years old in 1995, he was convinced the doctors had made a mistake.MORE
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“My doctor refused to put me on insulin for Type 2 diabetes, so I got a new doctor.”


Before Kate Cornell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2005 at 50 years old, she had no idea anything was wrong. Today, she uses both metformin and insulin to manage her blood sugars.MORE
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“I stopped taking insulin in January 2021,” says Prince Blue


With an A1c of 17.6 percent at his diagnosis, Prince looks back and realizes he should’ve started insulin right away. But today, he’s no longer taking insulin and thriving.MORE

From Syringes to Insulin Pens: Making Type 2 Diabetes Life Easier


Katie Saucedo shares her T2D story, switching from syringes to pens, and discusses T2D stigma and insulin. MORE

A New Way to Deliver the Insulin I Need


Luis Doriocourt shares his experiences switching insulin delivery methods - from syringes and vials to insulin pens to manage T2D. MORE

Lessons Learned from My First CGM Experience


U.K.-based Type 2 advocate, Ken Tait, shares his experience with the Freestyle Libre 2 and why people with T2D should use a CGM. MORE

Being My Own T2D Success Story with Omnipod


Prince Blue joins Beyond Type 2 to discuss updates to his journey with type 2 diabetes, including finding weight loss success with Omnipod. MORE

With an Insulin Pump, Type 2 Diabetes Requires Less Effort


Russ Bell shares his T2D diabetes story, being encouraged to try Omnipod by his T1D granddaughter, and why T2D requires less effort to manage because of Omnipod. MORE

Saying Goodbye to GERTI


UK Type 2 advocate, Ken Tait, talks about his brief use of the Freestyle Libre 2 and why T2Ds need better access to CGM.MORE

My First Freestyle Libre: Making Adjustments to Type 2 Diabetes Care


John Ramos shares how he obtained his first Freestyle Libre on Medicare and made changes to his T2D, such as learning how to calculate carb ratios.MORE

Better Decisions, Better Data: My FSL Story


Matilde Gómez-Revilla Rosas was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2016. She shares her experiences with Freestyle Libre and how it helped her make better decisions about her diabetes. MORE

Laurie Hernandez: Type 2 Diabetes is a Team Sport


U.S. Gold Medalist, Laurie Hernandez chats with Beyond Type 2 about supporting her father's journey with Type 2 diabetes and why T2D is a team sport.MORE

T1D + T2D Perspectives on Hypoglycemia w/ Ginger + Taylor


Beyond Type 1 staff member, Ginger Vieira, and Type 2 Podcast Host and Advocate, Taylor Daniele, joined Beyond Type 2 to discuss their experiences with hypoglycemia from a type 1 and type 2 perspectiv...MORE

Fitness + Hypoglycemia with Liz Cambron, Ph.D.


Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can occur during or after a workout and to learn how people with Type 2 diabetes address it in their lives, we reached out to one of our community members, Liz Cambron, ...MORE
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Overcoming Denial: This Chef Lowered Her A1c from 9.5 to 5.9 Percent


Within 95 days, Genny lowered her A1c from 9.5 to 5.9 percent while still enjoying a diet full of real food and flavor.MORE

Diabetes Difference Makers Spotlight: Hiking My Feelings


Syndey Williams shares how hiking has helped her navigate her diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes and her hopes for the Take a Hike Diabetes campaign.MORE

Trusting Myself with Insulin


Former pro wrestler, Dan Denton, shares when he first started taking insulin and how he's learned to trust himself with it to manage T2D.MORE

No Shame in Using Insulin


Insulin stigma in T2D care is real and cause people with Type 2 to feel like they're failing at managing it. Joseph Martin shares why that doesn't have to be the case. MORE

Like Having a Life Coach on My Arm


Rob Taub shares his story about why wearing the Freestyle Libre is like having a life coach on his arm and what he's learned about diabetes.MORE

Staying Ready with Nasal Glucagon


T2D Mark Hanlon discussed his experiences with hypoglycemia and how he is staying ready with Baqsimi to prepare for future emergencies. MORE

What My First Month with Freestyle Libre Taught Me about My Diabetes


Venice Furio shares her experiences about her first month with the Freestyle Libre and the challenges of accessing CGM and making healthy food in the Phillippines.MORE

Nasal Glucagon Gives Me Peace of Mind


For a person relatively newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Alicia Meader talks about the importance of diabetes education, patient advocacy, as well as her life with diabetes, as if she’d bee...MORE

Life is Easier with Omnipod


T2D patient Kathleen Weaver tells her story about wearing insulin pumps for 20 years and why life is easier with Omnipod DASH. MORE

Being Prepared for Hypoglycemia to Stay on Top of My Diabetes Game


Professional sports photojournalist, Keith Crear, shares his experiences with hypoglycemia and how staying prepared keeps him on top of his game against Type 2 diabetes.MORE

Freestyle Libre’s Positive Impact on my Culinary Career


Chef Robert Lewis shares his story on why starting the Freestyle Libre was "love at first swipe" and how the device positively impacted his culinary career. MORE

Feeling Like a New Person with the Omnipod System


John Hale is a Former Drill Sergeant who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1999. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, he had trouble bring his glucose down due to his medication. As a resul...MORE

Building an Army Against Type 2 Diabetes


Former Canadian Wrestler, Dan Denton, talks about his website and podcast Diabetes Army and how he advocates for health and wellness for people with Type 2 diabetes. MORE

Using Small Changes to Overcome Prediabetes


Karen Morrow was told she had prediabetes in 2017. After her diagnosis, she made small changes to her diet and exercise regimen to help her overcome prediabetes.MORE

A Type 2 Makeover by the Freestyle Libre 14 Day System


Allan Avendaño, 43, is a makeup artist from the Los Angeles area who uses the Freestyle Libre 14 day system to manage Type 2 diabetes. Allan tells Beyond Type 2 how the CGM device gave him a Type 2 m...MORE

Seeking the Right Kind of Help: My Prediabetes Story


Juan Carlos shared the story of his prediabetes with us. For personal reasons, he preferred to remain anonymous. If you want to read more about pre-diabetes visit our resource page. MORE

A Movement, Not a Moment: About the POC Living with Diabetes Virtual Summit


People of color within the diabetes community have been calling for more representation and have their voices heard from other community members and organizations, alike. Noticing the gap in awareness...MORE

My First Time Prescribing A FreeStyle Libre


Anna Simos is a diabetes clinical research coordinator and diabetes care and education specialist (DCES) at Stanford University. Anna chats with Beyond Type 2 about the first time she prescribed a Fre...MORE

How Omnipod Simplifies Life with Type 2 Diabetes: A Chat with Insulet CCO Bret Christensen


Bret Christensen is the Chief Commercial Officer at Insulet, maker of the Omnipod Insulin Management System. He recently spoke with Beyond Type 2 to discuss his role at the company, how Insulet is ove...MORE

How can we be better allies?


How can white people with diabetes use our experiences with advocacy to be better advocates for black people in the United States?MORE

Experiencing A Telehealth Appointment


Planning on using Libreview to go over your FreeStyle Libre 14 day system data in your telehealth appointment? Diabetes care and education specialist, Julia Blanchette, and Beyond Type 2 Project Manag...MORE

Shortages and Disparities: Mexico vs. COVID-19


The number of worldwide infections is in the hundreds of thousands and hospital beds are few compared to those infected, and given this scenario it’s no wonder there’s a shortage of medical suppli...MORE

My First Time Wearing the FreeStyle Libre


Liz started wearing a CGM for the first time in late 2019. Read why she answered "one thousand times yes" when asked if the FreeStyle Libre improved her life.MORE

Omnipod Helped Me Reduce My A1C by Nearly 10 Percent


After experiencing diabetic comas, neuropathy, and an A1C of over 17 percent, Prince was able to turn things around with the Omnipod insulin management system to reduce his A1C by nearly 10 percent.MORE

How Hypoglycemia Disrupts My Life


Think hypoglycemia isn't a big deal for people with Type 2? Shanerica's story on how it disrupts her life will convince you otheriwse.MORE

Improving Cultural Competency Among HCPs


Dr. Lisa Sumlin, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, chats about how healthcare professionals can improve their cultural competency skills to help their POC patients. MORE

Diabetes Inspired Me to be a Health Coach


Liz Cambron is a Beachbody coach and a Ph.D. candidate for cellular biology. Read how diabetes helped her heal her relationship with food and help others.MORE

I Learned to Prevent Hypoglycemia


Luis had a hypoglycemia episode so severe he's not even sure how he survived. This experience led him to educate himself on hypoglycemia and how to prevent it. Read our interview with him below t...MORE

Diabetes Diagnosis and Diabulimia


Eating disorders aren't discussed much in the diabetes world. Qiana shares her story about diabulimia to normalize the discussion about eating disorders. MORE

Living in the Philippines with Diabetes


Sofia Evangelista has been living with diabetes in the Philippines since 2003. Even though she's experienced eye complications from diabetes, she's kept her goal of living healthy in sight.MORE

Type 2 Isn’t a “Good” Form of Diabetes


Jenita has had to deal with hearing she has the "good" diabetes since she was diagnosed in '95. She discusses why there's no such thing.MORE

A Type 2 Titan


Ross Cooper has been living with Type 2 diabetes since 1996. Since he's been diagnosed, he's been a beast in the gym. Read how why he's a Type 2 Titan.MORE

FreeStyle Libre Improved My Diabetes Management


DiabeticFoodie's Shelby Kinnaird chats with Beyond Type 2 on how the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system made life with diabetes easier.MORE

Hiking My Feelings to Manage Diabetes


Sydney Williams has been living with Type 2 diabetes for over two years. Her love for hiking forced her to confront some deep feelings...MORE

Diabetes Education Helped This Marine Vet Reach His Type 2 Goals


Garrett Reynolds is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a former Drill Sergeant. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2014, Garrett used the self-discipline skills he developed during his ser...MORE

Getting Bizzy in the Kitchen with Type 2 Diabetes


Diabetes didn't stop this blogger from creating mouthwatering recipes. In fact, her FreeStyle Libre made her life and staying Bizzy in the kitchen easier.MORE

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. 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.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. 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...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.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.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. 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 sacrifici...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.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.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 p...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 ...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...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, ...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. Howev...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,...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...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 li...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.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 becau...MORE

Connecting Mental Health + 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. 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 develo...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.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 ...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.MORE

Why Language Matters in Diabetes Care


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

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...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. 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.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...MORE