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30 Days of Awareness - 30 Things About Kate

30 Things About Kate’s Experience with Diabetes

1. My diagnosis is: Type 2 diabetes
2. I was diagnosed in: June, 2005
3. My favorite hobby is: writing
4. My comorbid conditions include: thyroid cancer, fibromyalgia, mild neuropathy
5. To treat my T2D, I use/take: metformin, low processed carb diet, regular exercise
6. My biggest T2D weakness is: snacking
7. My most challenging T2D symptoms are: difficulty losing weight
8. My strangest T2D symptoms are: None that I know of
9. I wish I knew more about: CGMs for type 2s
10. When I think about T2D, I think: I can do this!
11. The most frustrating part about having T2D is: dietary restrictions when celebrating.
12. The biggest challenge I face with T2D is: Binge snacking.
13. One thing I took for granted before my diagnosis is: my health
14. When I tell someone I have T2D, the response is usually: Lately, it’s “me too” which makes me sad.
15. When someone tells me they have T2D, I think: There’s so much I want to share with you!
16. When I see commercials about T2D treatments, I think: Stop scaring people.
17. When I feel “diabetes burnout,” it’s usually because: Other things in my life are hard at the moment and diabetes becomes harder to cope with.
18. I find comfort in: The Diabetes Online Community.
19. I get angry when people say: “All you have to do is… “stop eating sugar, diet, exercise etc and your diabetes will go away; or that type 2 diabetes is caused by obesity.
20. I like it when people say: I understand.
21. Something kind someone can do for me is: Understand that it isn’t easy.
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about T2D is: I’ve never learned much from any doctor but I’ve been told that I’m “doing well”.
23. The hardest thing to accept about having T2D is: It won’t go away.
24. T2D has taught me: That I’m stronger than I realized and you shouldn’t focus on the little irritations in life and we should find joy in life, despite our struggles.
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that tell myself when I’m frustrated is: “This too shall pass”, meaning the frustration, not the diabetes.
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: Change your diet now, don’t wait.
27. The people who support me most are: my other friends with diabetes in the DOC.
28. The thing I most wish people understood about T2D is: It’s not just about avoiding sugar.
29. Diabetes Awareness Month is important to me because: This disease needs more attention for a cure/better treatment. The general public doesn’t realize how chronic type 2 diabetes is.
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with T2D is: My life is good; my life is sweet, despite my diabetes.

How about you? What’s one thing you’d say about your life with T2D?

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