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Sharing My Story: Lynda

Lynda Jimenez is the Associate Director of Online Strategy & Operations for the American Diabetes Association. This is her story: Most women begin their journey through pregnancy as soon as those little lines appear. As for me, I started my pregnancy journey eight months before those little lines would make their appearance, an entire year and a half before my son was born. Living with type 2 diabetes, I already tried to live a healthy lifestyle, but I was nowhere near being prepared for pregnancy. Managing with oral medications, an okay diet and the occasional exercise, my A1C was hovering

Sharing My Story: Julie

Julie Paradis was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 28. Though she has encountered some challenges, including navigating pregnancy, she chooses to focus on the positive. Just when you think you've got things figured out, life throws a curveball! In May 2017, I was 28, living in NYC, and recently married... when all of a sudden, those textbook symptoms hit and - BAM! - I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. To be diagnosed so late in life was an interesting balance of emotions. On one hand, life as I knew it was completely changed (a life I had gotten very comfortable with!). On the

Guest Blogger: Keeping Mom and Child Healthy After Gestational Diabetes

(NAPS)—Gestational diabetes is something to be concerned about after and not just during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is found for the first time when a woman is pregnant. If you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you and your child from that pregnancy have a lifelong risk for developing diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and amputations. The good news is there are steps you can take to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and lower that risk for you and your child. Get Tested for Diabetes

Sharing My Story: Donna

On April 4, 2018, my life took a complete 180-degree turn to rock-bottom status. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Now, you would think this would have come as a complete shock. Deep down, however, I was not surprised. I knew it was coming. For years, in fact, but I was constantly adrift upon the River “Denial”. But, looking back, I was at high-risk for developing the disease. Here are the facts… First, I was genetically disposed. Type 1 and type 2 was rampant in my family history. My maternal grandfather lost his leg. My maternal aunt died of a leg infection at 9 years old that was masked

Sharing My Story: Emily

Emily Webb is a mother of four who lives in Taunton, Massachusetts. She was incorrectly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before learning about maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY). This is her story: After being treated for gestational diabetes and then being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I can remember so many hard things. I have spent thousands of dollars on procedures, testing supplies and medication that may not have been necessary. I have managed weekly appointments with different specialists while working full time and raising small children. I have had to find places at work

Sharing My Story: Niketa

Niketa lives a busy life as an actress, acting coach and producer, but she still finds time to stay involved with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and advocate for the diabetes community. This is her story: I've been living with type 1 diabetes for 7,785 days, given myself 43,060 fingerprints and have changed my pump 650 times since being diagnosed in 1999. All I previously knew about diabetes was Julia Roberts dying from childbirth in Steel Magnolias . I wasn't even on the right medication until grad school in New York some five years later. It wasn't until 2011 that I met another

Meet Roger

Roger lives with type 2 diabetes and resides in New Jersey. June 11, 2019 is the day that changed my life forever. This is the day that I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However, as most diabetics, my journey started years earlier. This is my story about my journey to better health. I am 45 years old, married and have a 5-year-old daughter. Like most men my age I chose to ignore the warning signs over the years and lived my life like I didn’t have a care in the world. My wife and I were married at an early age and were both successful in our careers. I would visit the doctor when I was