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DIAGNOSED NOT DEFEATED

Welcome to one of the most dynamic blogs about living with diabetes. Explore an array of informative categories about being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes. I’ve had the “privilege” of being diagnosed with both types of diabetes. In 2011, I was diagnosed with type 2 and eight years later in 2019, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As a person living with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) my platform provides the unique experience of understanding both types personally. Being misdiagnosed has been an emotional experience, but I try to find the light. One way is by reminding myself that I’ve wanted to bridge the types since my blog began and believing that last year God answered that prayer. ?

I hope you’ll enjoy my posts about living with diabetes. They include topics such as recipes, fitness, travel, faith-based perspectives, and much more. Stay as long as you like and come back often.

Testimonies

” I enjoy Phyllisa’s in-person workshops because she makes diabetes management easy to understand. I have attended a few sessions and I always leave motivated.”

Pam L.

” I am a caregiver and reading Phyllisa’s blog posts give me insight into what my loved ones might be experiencing. They don’t always tell me how they are feeling and I appreciate reading her honest and open-reflections on the challenges and triumphs of life with diabetes.”

Marlene A.

Latest Blog Posts

Flowers While They Smell Them

November 3rd, 2022|

I grew up hearing the saying, "Give me my flowers while I can smell them." It's so important to honor people who have made our path in the journey of life a little bit smoother. [...]

Diabetes Steals My Sleep Often

September 18th, 2022|

Almost from the moment diabetes entered my world, it's been stealing sleep from me. When I was in the hospital at diagnosis, the round-the-clock attention of the medical team kept me awake. I only had [...]

Reflections of Diabetes on My Wedding Anniversary

March 2nd, 2022|

I didn't know, how could I have known, that when I heard my husband promise to love me in sickness and in health at the age of 29, that I'd fall sick, really sick, within [...]

A New Year Is Here

January 1st, 2022|

It's 2022! This is one of my favorite times of the year because it's a time when everyone is hopeful. We make promises to ourselves to be on our best behavior. We eat cleaner, we [...]

I Wish I Knew Before Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine

March 16th, 2021|

In the state where I reside, people w/T1D were finally approved to get the COVID-19 vaccine last week on Monday. I got it Wednesday. I was hesitant but also looking forward to having peace of [...]

10 Years Ago Today, I Died in My Bathtub from Diabetes

February 15th, 2021|

I have cried on Valentine's Day every year for the past 10 years. Today was no exception. Ten years ago, I lost weight quickly, started losing my vision, couldn't give a lecture to my college [...]

A Visual of Diabetes Burnout

February 11th, 2021|

This week I participated in an experiment where I made a mark on my arm each time I thought about diabetes. This began as a campaign during diabetes awareness month, but I didn't have the [...]

New Year and New Path

January 5th, 2021|

It's 2021 and like most of you, I'm glad that 2020 is over and praying that 2021 is much better. I'm optimistic that this year will be better for me. In 2020, I resided in [...]