Doris H.

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At age 33, the first thing I remembered after being diagnosed as a Type One Diabetic was that I had two options: I could allow it to control my life or find the unbinding courage from within the tragedy; I chose courage. The next few days were consumed with perplexed emotions, mostly of denial pooled from the self-belief that I could be a rare case and mysteriously cured. I was given a new role and lifestyle as a type one diabetic. I immediately chose to not wear it as a sympathy garment; instead I’d rather refashion how others perceive such a life-altering disorder. Aside from a select group of family and friends that knew of my health struggles, I somehow managed, two days after the news was confirmed, to conduct an on-location photo-shoot for my website, Rich in Love Fashion. I knew without a doubt at that moment I had a purpose on earth and found myself more determined to not allow diabetes to hinder my little girl dreams. We, as a society, have a tendency of suppressing our fears, as mastering those can be difficult and takes large amounts of will and courage to look in the mirror and say, “I will succeed; I can do this!” The relationship between one’s journey of self-growth and courage tends to evoke feelings of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, but allowing such emotions to take center stage is moral injustice. At birth each and every one of us is embedded with a purpose or talent which provides us the blueprints of our life’s story, which must be written and shared. From all of my lessons and blessings in the last two years, I’ve formed an organic sense of how to live an authentic life that channels pure gratitude and glamour. Since being diagnosed a type 1 diabetic I have provided media exposure for organizations such as: Beyond Type 1, JDRF, American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Alive, and have been featured on 101.7 KKIQ, 92.1 KKDV and Diabetes Late Nite for my advocate efforts.
Diabetes  - 360Interviews

Part 1: My Family and Diabetes

Doris talks about her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, and her family connection to the disease.  Growing up, her father was a diabetic and showe...

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Part 2: Denying My Symptoms

Doris talks about when she first began to show symptoms of diabetes.  Her sister tested her blood sugar when Doris started to display chronic ...

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Part 3: It Was Time to Face the Facts

Doris talks about the circumstances that led her to finally get her blood work done.  She was tired all the time, and was losing a lot of weig...

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Part 4: Reaching My Breaking Point

Doris talks about her experience at the emergency room.  Doctors kept wavering between types 1 and 2 in terms of her diagnosis, and were not a...

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