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Mike Durbin

Mike was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on December 29, 2008, and congestive heart failure the very next day. Talk about a double whammy for anyone, let alone a 24 year old.  He didn't have to come up with New Year's resolutions that year; his doctors did that for him.   That kind of humor has been instrumental in keeping him, and those around him, going over the last year and a half.

While Mike is relatively new to diabetes, you wouldn't know it by his positive attitude or involvement within the diabetic online community. From connecting with others through diabetic social networking sites and Twitter, to playing tech support for some or just lending an ear to listen, Mike has developed a reputation as someone who always there, and willing to help others if he can.

Mike is very open about his fight with type 2 diabetes and CHF, and welcomes any opportunity to share his story. He blogs about it at My Diabetic Heart. Mike firmly believes that there is no shame in having diabetes or CHF, and hopes that by sharing his story, he will inspire others to fight on, and live their life to the fullest.

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Diabetes & Depression - Part 2

The second question from the DSMA twitter chat on diabetes and depression asked: Once you recognized, how did you cope? What kinds of support were most helpful?


As I said in my last post, Ive battled with depression off and on for many years. And to be quite honest, I havent a (READ MORE)

Diabetes & Depression - Part 1

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, like many others living with the various types of diabetes, I am well aware that depression can be an issue with which I may have to deal. I battled with bouts of depression off and on for years before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and congestive (READ MORE)

Walking & Photography

Exercise has always been an area in which I've struggled. I know that it's important to my overall well being and can help with my diabetes management and with strengthening my heart, yet I struggle to keep the motivation going and find the time, etc... One excuse after another.



Getting used to Byetta

As I said in my last post, Ive been taking Byetta for about two months now, and I wanted to talk a little bit about my experience with the medication so far.


For the most part, I think Ive taken to the whole injection thing rather well. I was, admittedly, a little bit nervous (READ MORE)

Goodbye pills, hello Byetta

I mentioned the other day that there were some issues with my health during my blogging hiatus, and I thought I should share a bit about what was going on during that time.


I've written previously about the trials and tribulations that I've had with oral medications; they've ei (READ MORE)

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