“Between the Lines” shares the stories of real women living real lives while having diabetes. Sometimes our stories are happy ones, with great results; other times, they pose challenges. Despite this, we all find Sisterhood and community with each other, creating friendships through our experiences.
These Are Our Stories
I’ve had diabetes for a long time—65 years to be exact! I was diagnosed back when insulin was made from pork pancreas and administered with a glass syringe. The syringes had to be disinfected every night, and the needles looked monstrous to me, a six-year-old at that time.
In July of 2014, while in the best shape of my life and training for my first half marathon, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was 42 years old.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999, and then with fibromyalgia in 2014. I had read that people with fibromyalgia gain 30 pounds in the first year after diagnosis because of extreme inactivity, eating more (and cravings for carbs associated with flare-ups), insomnia, and depression.