1) When did you get diagnosed with diabetes? What Type of diabetes do you live with?December 2003 I was told I had IR, a few months later that was changed to T2 a few years later it was changed yet again to T2IR.
2) In what ways has social media given you insight to another diagnosis story? ie, videos, podcast, blogs I can’t say that it really has, but at the same time its shown that there are many faces of D out there and everyone with it is different in how they have to treat it, that it really is a condition without a once size fits all treatment deal.
3) What lessons have you learned from those with a different type from yours? I’ve learned that many type 1′s are to be avoided because they look down on those of us with type 2 just as much if not more so at times then general society does. Not all do, but enough that its annoying to be in a group setting at times with some of them.
4) Do you consider your diabetes to be a disease or condition? Why or why not? A disease is an illness. The condition is the state of a person’s health. Thus Diabetes in general is an illness where one’s condition living with diabetes varies.
5) What type of diabetes would you most like to learn more about? and why? I’d like to learn more about my own in regards to insulin usage and IR itself as it relates to the use of insulin.
Despite any differences we may have-
6) What can we do to continue to educate each other and make our collective voice stronger outside of the community? Getting the doctors on board with treatments and getting them to refer those who are new and old alike to local groups/programs so they can learn more about D outside of a clinical setting and get more community based action going on that way.