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Janey WillisHello, I am Janey Willis, ISN Guide to Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and Type 2 Diabetes is caused by risk factors such as lifestyle, ethnicity, age, and pregnancy. The majority of diabetics have Type 2. See Disclaimer.

Personal Stories for Diabetes KaleidoscopeThese personal stories are about Type 1 Diabetes, or about either type of diabetes along with other autoimmune diseases. (Also see Autoimmune Diseases and Overview of Diabetes)

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. Type 2 Diabetes is very common in the general population of otherwise healthy people, and it is not a risk factor for autoimmune disease.

Beverly: CREST Scleroderma I was overtired and needed naps in the afternoon, pain was slowly getting the better of me and I finally went to the doctor…

Bill Jordan: Surviving Boyfriend of Scleroderma Patient Wendy was heartset on dancing that evening even though she was connected to an oxygen machine…

Brenda's Story: Limited Scleroderma, CREST Syndrome, Fibromyalgia I was sick for five or six years, telling doctors how much pain I was in…

Dave S: Undiagnosed and Brother of Scleroderma Patient A small black spot appeared on my left index finger around Easter of 2004. It has not grown in the past six months, but it also has not healed…

Debs B: Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis (England) This seems to be a long list of ailments that I have been coping with for years, so the addition of diffuse systemic sclerosis did not really panic me…

Dorne: Overlap and Possibly CREST Since 2002 I have been diagnosed with Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, B12 deficiency, mild pulmonary hypertension, Celiac disease, Type II diabetes and now the specialists are seriously talking about CREST…

Gerry Fitzpatrick: Eosinophilic Fasciitis My hands have become very weak and with all my other medical problems, this one is really depressing me the most…

Joan Elston: Systemic Scleroderma, Sjögren's, and Fibromyalgia I am 61 years of age and live with my husband Bryan in Durban South Africa…

Krista: My Caregiver's Story All those years beside him, seeing him suffering, being frustrated about the fact that I could not do anything to help him…

Leslie R: Scleroderma, Vitiligo, Lupus, Anemia, Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes He told me that I have scleroderma and explained what this disease is about. After suffering so long I finally got some answers…

Lori S: Mother of Eosinophilic Fasciitis Patient On the second biopsy, they went further into the fascia and confirmed the diagnosis of eosinophilic fasciitis (EF). I would like to talk to other parents or patients with EF…

Peggy H: Undiagnosed MCTD? I have been told for twenty years that I might have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD), but I haven't been definitely diagnosed…

Shirley: Progressive Systemic Sclerosis Difficulty swallowing was the thing which got my doctor's attention…

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