Ask the Advocate: How Did You React or Feel When You Were First Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

Last updated: April 2022

Hearing you have type 2 diabetes can be very difficult. We asked our advocates who have type 2 diabetes about their diagnosis stories, and they shared with us below. How did you feel? Share in the comments, and know that you are not alone!

Rachel Foster


Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes shortly before my twenty-ninth birthday brought quite a bit of shame and guilt over the way I had treated my body in my twenties despite a family history of the condition. As I gained better control of blood glucose levels over the next few months through diet and exercise, it allowed me to shake off those feelings of shame and guilt, though the stigma surrounding the condition still bothers me today.

Shelley Hlymbicky

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I suspected I may have type 2 diabetes before I actually got the test results. I had had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy. Nonetheless, I was shocked to hear the words. I felt scared. I felt guilty that I done this to myself. I even felt alone. I got the call while I was at work. I went to my friend who had type 1 diabetes since she was 3 yrs old. She told me it wasn’t the end of the world. She told me I could do this. She was right.

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