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Reflecting on Year Three…

Three years ago around this time, I started Just a Little Suga’. I had finally emerged from the dark hole of processing my grandmother’s diabetes-related death, and felt ready to share my story of grief with anyone who would listen. In fact, one of my initial posts highlighted the trauma and anxiety I experienced as a ...

A Visual Recap: Invisible Identities – A Conversation on Diabetes and Disability

On Saturday, June 22nd, I hosted, "Invisible Identities: A Conversation on Diabetes and Disability". Though there were moments I was unsure the event would happen, it did--and the outcome was beyond magical. The room was filled with attendees who traveled as far as Boston, the DMV, Philadelphia and Connecticut. The event ...

A Civil Rights Lawyer with Type 1 Diabetes Reflects on Barriers to and Benefits of Self-Advocacy

Guest Post written by Elise Cossart-Daly, panelist at Invisible Identities: A Conversation on Diabetes and Disability. It can be challenging for people with diabetes to exercise their legal rights. Diabetes is often invisible and disabilities are stigmatized, so people are incentivized to not disclose their medical ...

JALS Event: Invisible Identities: A Conversation on Diabetes and Disability (6.22.19)

Just a Little Suga' presents Invisible Identities: A Conversation on Diabetes and Disability. This event will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at The BGX (Black Gotham Experience) Studio, located at 192 Front Street in NYC. Description: Panelists will unpack what it means to identify ...

Diabetic on the Margin: Monique

Monique reached out to me almost a year ago asking to share her journey with her Diabetic Alert Dog, Waimea. In her message to me, she stated, "I never realized before...how little our culture knows about service animals." She continued, "I know I can't be the only black person with a service animal," Since then, Monique has ...

Diabetic on the Margin: Phyllisa

I can’t remember how I first stumbled upon Phyllisa’s platform. It may have been a moment where I casually searched Instagram for hashtags and people that referenced blackness and diabetes. Regardless, when I found her page, I was drawn to a satirical skit that dissuaded folks from relinquishing their diabetes care to ...

Reflections and Recommendations: Diabetics on the Margin (Part II)

The following article is a continuation of recommendations outlined in Part I (here). These takeaways are in response to the Diabetics on the Margin event hosted in partnership with Beyond Type 1. 5.) RECOMMENDATION: Craft Robust Solutions that Consider Everyone: Vivian Nabeta of the Sonia Nabeta Foundation reminded us ...