Diabetes doesn't just affect your health, but everything you do in your life. In our March 24 Twitter chat we talked about breaking the barriers that diabetes creates and going beyond your condition. We were joined by our special guest, Steve Richert (@LivingVertical), climber, photographer, filmmaker, founder and director of LivingVertical.org, social projects manager for Glu, and type 1 diabetic since 1999. We were also pleased to welcome back Jewels Doskicz (@She_Sugar) as our host.

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Question 1

Our first question helped our Twitter chat participants explore what boundaries they have created for themselves in their diabetes care or because of their condition: "What would stepping out of your 'diabetes comfort zone' look like?"

Steve started us off by saying that, "Comfort zones change over time and with experience." So some shared ways that they have already made it out of their comfort zone and others shared ways that they hope to step out.

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Question 2

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With all the monitoring that you have to do for diabetes and the complications that can happen if something goes wrong, there is a lot that diabetics might be afraid of. But, sometimes the best thing you can do is address exactly what those fears are so that you can face them head on.

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Question 3

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Along with the fears that diabetes creates, many find that it also motivates them to do things they wouldn't expect of themselves. Neel Jadeja (@neeljadeja) summed it up nicely saying, "I think that by living healthy and being alive, we are exceeding the limitations we have. Every day is surviving. That's motivating."

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Steve shared an especially unique way that diabetes has motivated him saying, "Diabetes got me to sell everything, and live out of a car, and climb for a year every single day…I made a documentary from it to inspire others with diabetes. It was totally grassroots, something I'm really proud of." The film that he shot, produced, and edited on his own, Living Vertical: Project 365 can be found online.

Question 4

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Question 5

Our next question asked about how we take the fear, motivations, and balancing act of diabetes and put it all together to live the best life. We asked, "How do we embrace diabetes and incorporate the challenges associated with it in motivating ways?"

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Conclusion

Thank you for joining in on another inspirational and educational Twitter chat. You can join us again next week, Tuesday, March 31 at 9 pm ET for our next discussion. Chime in with just a few tweets, favorites, responses, or just watch what others are saying and you will hopefully leave with a sense of community and better understanding of your diabetes.

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For more on Twitter chats:

How to Participate in a Twitter Chat
Twitter: A Social Haven for Diabetics
The Cost of Diabetes: #DCDE Twitter Chat Summary