Life with diabetes demands an extraordinary amount of effort. In addition to those demands, women of color living with diabetes often face stigma, shame, and ignorance from others. We asked women to share their stories of culturally challenging and empowering experiences with diabetes, stigma and its impacts, and the importance of peer support and community.
These Are Our Stories
Kylene was misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes in August 2010. In May 2011, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She became an advocate in the diabetes community, focusing on diversity and inclusion.
CJ W, a mom of three and wife from Virginia, has lived with type 2 diabetes since 2019. She’s a fervent advocate for people with chronic illnesses, especially diabetes.
Tomiko L is a loyal and caring ally of friends and family; an introvert who actively listens without judgment. She speaks up and makes important contributions when it is warranted.
The Truth Over Stigma campaign launched in January 2022 to elevate the realities, strength, and empowerment of women of color living with diabetes.
Funding for this project was provided by the HealtheVoices Impact Fund at the Community Foundation of New Jersey, which was funded by a contribution from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.