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
Liz C (En Español)
Liz C es una Mexicana Americana, hija de inmigrantes, de 30 años que vive con diabetes tipo 2. A través de su propio viaje con su salud, ella ha aprendido la importancia de la autorepresentación.
Alejandra has lived with diabetes since the age of 12. She is Venezuelan, now living in North Carolina, and is passionate about helping and connecting with people.
T'ara is a health and wellness blogger, diabetes advocate, and nutrition educator. She was misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2017 and re-diagnosed with LADA diabetes in 2020.
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.