Type 1 Diabetes, January 1993
“I blog about life as a young professional living with Diabetes, emphasizing outreach, support and advocacy with a passion for teens and young adults.”
For more than 18 years, I’ve lived with Type 1 Diabetes and learned that having a network of support contributes beyond all imagination to my Diabetes management and control. I’m thankful to have found the Diabetes Online Community, or the DOC. While I once was a coward and hid behind the disease, I now choose to embrace it because it has brought me joy, experiences and friends I can’t imagine not having in my life. As an adult, I’ve become a vocal advocate for the disease in the hopes of helping someone else through my experiences as others have done for me. We all want the same thing — a cure. But in the meantime, I want others to understand this disease, and I want to share my experiences with others in the hopes of gaining more friends and more support.
My website and blog is devoted to my personal experiences and my life with diabetes. It will never be sugar-coated (forgive the pun) and will always be honest – good or bad. I hope you’ll find it useful and pass it along to others. My purpose is solely to reach out to other diabetics and people directly affected by the disease. You can also find me on Juvenation and TuDiabetes. In my local community, I work as a volunteer with two diabetes agencies. I’m currently serving as the publicity chair for the Huntsville JDRF office and a trained mentor through JDRF’s Alabama office. I also serve as the co-chair for Hot Shots – a local advocacy and outreach group in North Alabama. You can also find me on and TuDiabetes under Victoria Cumbow. As a patient and health blogger, I follow the Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics and the Health on the Net Foundation Code of Ethics.