CJ Walker is a wife and mom of three living with type 2 diabetes since 2019. She is a fervent advocate for chronic illness and diabetes.She is the author of The Genetic Diabetic Blog and serves as a moderator and contributor to the Type2Diabetes.com community. She’s also an ambassador and influencer for the American Diabetes Association, Blue Circle Voices network, Chronic Disease Coalition, and Healthline Diabetic App Community. CJ is also an active member in DiabetesSisters, the Virginia Diabetes Council, Beyond Type 2 and The Mighty communities.CJ believes that by sharing her journey, she hopes to inspire others and educate them about diabetes so they can get tested for their A1C levels and insulin levels, as well as find out if they are genetically predisposed to it. If one person could benefit from her story, then she knows that the journey was worth it.
Ms. Rae-Garwood’s writing started out as a means to an end for a single parent with two children and a need for more income than her career as a NYC teacher afforded. Gail retired from both college teaching and acting – after a bit of soul searching about where her CKD limited energy would be best spent – early in 2013. Since her diagnose, Ms. Rae-Garwood writes most often about Chronic Kidney Disease, although she does write fiction and non-fiction. She has a three time award winning weekly blog about this topic at http://gailraegarwood.wordpress.com and social media accounts as @SlowItDownCKD.
I began blogging in 2011 after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My diagnosis was shocking because I found out after passing out in my tub for hours and slipping into a diabetic coma. Blogging was the easiest way to let my friends and family know what I was going through because I didn’t have the emotional energy to tell it over and over again. I was scared, confused, and clueless. I didn’t know that soon I would be one of the most prominent African American Type 2 bloggers in the world. What an outstanding honor and achievement.
The following year, I created this website, Black Diabetic Info, to help provide culturally competent information to black people after having more than enough run-ins with medical personnel who were not culturally sensitive to my needs.
Over the years, my joy of telling all people about my life living with Type 2 diabetes has resulted in me being featured on “DSMA Live” (a weekly diabetes online radio show), Health Monitor Diabetes Magazine, Huffington Post Live, and Diabetes Focus magazine.
I am a proud vessel to be used to help inspire others who may be living with diabetes.
Auna is an academic advisor in Houston, Texas. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Auna was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes at the age of 18. Auna holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art History from the University of Memphis and the University of Cincinnati. In her spare time, Auna likes to read, cycle, and secret shop.
I was diagnosed as a T2D in June 2020. I am a single mother full time and learning to juggle my diabetes with my life has not been so easy.
I am a passionate creative type living with multiple physical chronic illnesses, including Type 1 Diabetes, as well as multiple mental illnesses. My desire is to raise awareness and end stigma, advocating on a global scale for those living with mental illness; I strive to change society’s perceptions of what is “normal” in both mind and body. It is my familial connection to Sir Frederick Banting, as well as my own journey with Type 1 Diabetes, that drives my advocacy within the diabetes community and beyond. Most times my nose is in a book – sometimes it is one I am reading, sometimes it is one in which I am writing, and sometimes it is my sketchbook.
Sahil Om Madan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a 20 year old college student. Graduating as an electronics engineer he moved on to a successful career with Siemens Healthcare. In early 2021 he left a management position with the German MNC in order to pursue his passion full time.
Sahil is today dedicating all his time to his health startup Fused Training, India’s first fitness platform for people living with different types of diabetes. While focusing on providing tailor-made solutions for T1Ds, the 80 million people in India living with Type 2 Diabetes are indeed welcome to the Fused family too.
While still in his corporate role, Sahil spent his spare time getting certified as a fitness coach and he started training other T1Ds in 2019. He is also a Certified Diabetes Educator and currently studying nutrition.
Sahil co-founded the NGO Diabetes India Youth In Action (DIYA) in 2018 – an organisation which has contributed significantly to the progress of the T1D patient advocacy community in India.
Having just celebrated his 10th diaversary, 2021 marks a decade long journey from waking up to a new reality in the ICU after a severe DKA – to being a fitness professional with his own healthcare startup.
Fused Training aspire to inspire and support as many as possible to lead healthy and happy lives by fusing the scientific knowledge and personal experience of diabetes management and a holistic fitness approach.
I’m Ashley! A newlywed, mom-to be, and creator of things. I love creating hospitality experiences geared towards entertaining in your own home and making my guests feel like family. I’m originally from Tulsa, OK and currently reside in Houston, TX. As a type 2 diabetic, it’s important that I find balance in the kitchen to support a healthy lifestyle that I love.
Steve is 54 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when he was 25. He has been using insulin since 2002. He is a gadget nerd and advocate for technology and social media/networking as aids to better blood sugar management. Steve worked with the American Diabetes Association for more than a decade handling logistics, lighting, sound, and staging for the various galas and outdoor events. Before the pandemic, he enjoyed riding his tandem bicycle with his wife for the Tour de Cure. Steve works in the exhibit and live event industry worldwide. When he is home in Beaverton, Oregon, he and his wife enjoy their senior dachshunds, good coffee and games.
Alexandra Muskat was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at 19 years old. As an attorney and social media manager, she spent the last few years learning more about Diabetes and endeavoring to educate the community at large by sharing her story on social media.