Life with Type 2 stories

 

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

It’s All About Discipline: 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

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 about her relationship with food, exercise, and herself.  This l...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 T2D


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 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. 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

Language Matters


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

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."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. 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 d...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...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. 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...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. 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 d...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. 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 ...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. 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.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 #BeyondPow...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 advoca...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.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.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. 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 (...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...MORE

How much does it cost to produce insulin?


A recent study sets prices for the future of biosimilars.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...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 som...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 diabet...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 loo...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. 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. MORE