WELCOME TO

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

Interacting With A Polite Persistent Food Pusher

September 17th, 2018|

Food pushers come in various degrees and I've been come across a wide range. The aggressive food pusher: "Here, try this." Me: "I am counting carbs, no thanks." Aggressive FP: "That's good to know, but [...]

Tales of Horror: Managing Diabetes in the Hospital

August 16th, 2018|

I spent the past three days in the hospital. I had yet another operation related to childbirth, but that I shall discuss at another time. For now, I want to talk about my insulin [...]

Two T2s Discuss the Freestyle Libre

June 20th, 2018|

My dear friend Sue (at Diabetes Ramblings) and I were recently together at HealtheVoices18 and discovered that we both were using the Freestyle Libre. We teamed up to give you our opinions on the device. [...]

Freestyle Libre: Has It Changed My Life?

June 14th, 2018|

I finally got my hands on the Freestyle Libre (a CGM finally available for people with type 2 diabetes) a couple of months ago. I've been waiting to review it until I had adequate time [...]

Book Giveaway: A Quick Summer Read Could Be Yours

June 9th, 2018|

It's Mango season! As a kid growing up in South Florida, I couldn't wait until the summer to have as many mangoes as my stomach could handle. Of course, I would start off eating from [...]

Don’t Try This at Home for Ramadan

May 4th, 2018|

There I was minding my own diabetes business when I saw a pamphlet about fasting during Ramadan. Naturally, with Ramadan starting in a few days, I picked it up and read it. There were some [...]

Redefining Diabetes Failure

April 22nd, 2018|

Type 2 Diabetes is seen as failure. Taking insulin when you have type 2 diabetes is seen as a failure. So, imagine what it's like living with type 2 diabetes and talking insulin. Who needs [...]

Reflections on 2017

January 20th, 2018|

2017 was an exciting year for me. I learned a lot of about diabetes advocacy and discovered that some things are possible that I didn't know existed. When I think back over 2017, there are [...]

Black-ish Brings Type 2 Diabetes To The Center

December 14th, 2017|

If you missed it, last night the tv show Black-ish finished the year with Season 4, episode 9 entitled "Sugar Daddy. " Although I had originally missed it, two of my friends told me that [...]

Top 5 Items On My Diabetes Holiday Wish List

November 22nd, 2017|

As we prepare for Thanksgiving and shopping the entire weekend from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, I want to share with you my holiday wish list. LIVING WITH DIABETES IS EXPENSIVE! These are ideas that [...]