You may know her as Diana from American Woman on Paramount Network, but the woman in character is Jen Bartels (@jenbartels on Instagram); today we’re bringing Hollywood to the booth as Jen joins us on this episode of Diabetics Doing Things.
Jen and I dive into her diagnosis story and she explains how she asked herself, after noticing some weight loss, “Is this the life of an L.A. actress, or is it diabetes?” For Jen, it was Type-1 Diabetes. Throughout the episode, we talk about what it means to be a T1D and how big of a role the diabetic online community plays in encouraging you to go above and beyond and connect with others. The more we share, the more we learn, the more we know.
Jen and I discuss the implications of T1D, how there are no off days and how it’s more than just not drunkenly eating pizza on a Friday night. Further, we talk about being diagnosed later in life and the changes that it brings. As Jen says, it’s like "packing a diaper bag for a child that never grows up."
Be sure to give this episode a listen and reach out to Jen if you need some advice or just want to chat.