My name is Bea. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2001. I live a happy, healthy-ish life in Chicagoland with my husband (Doug), 2 cats (Sylvester and Maia), an angry parrot (Gadget) and a bunch of fish I gave up trying to name.

I joined the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) in 2007, and I have made as many efforts as possible to become an advocate for all people with diabetes. I blog about diabetes because I care about sharing my own stories with others who may need some encouragement when they feel they are alone.