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Beatriz D.'s Discussions

Anyone on Januvia?

Started this discussion. Last reply by delilahjed Sep 7, 2011. 21 Replies

Confessions of a Bad Patient

Started this discussion. Last reply by DebMc Jul 2, 2008. 17 Replies

Diabetes and Birth Control

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ellie May 25, 2009. 28 Replies


Insulin resistance is not a group of rebels.


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wendy left a comment for Beatriz D.
Dec 5
Dee replied to Beatriz D.'s discussion 'New to Victoza' in the group VICTOZA
"Hi Beatriz, I also just started Victoza 3 weeks ago, and started on insulin (Lantus pen) at the same time. I was nauseous for the first day, had no appetite for the first week, and had some dizziness / light-headedness and was just sort of out of…"
Jul 9
Marti replied to Beatriz D.'s discussion 'New to Victoza' in the group VICTOZA
"I think I had every side effect you could have except vomiting. I felt like I had the flu, nauseous, really tired, burping, achy all over, headache, etc. That was after taking 1.2 for 2 days. Stopped for 3 days till I felt better then did .6 for…"
Jun 17
Beatriz D. shared Emily Coles's event on Twitter
Mar 12
Ellyn6 replied to Beatriz D.'s discussion 'New to Victoza' in the group VICTOZA
"Hi Beatriz, Glad you joined the conversation. My story is quite similar to yours. Just put my head in the sand, when it came to diabetes. My dr. finally gave me an ultimatum And prescribed Byetta, twice a day and I found that hard to deal with, but…"
Jan 15
Flem07 replied to Beatriz D.'s discussion 'New to Victoza' in the group VICTOZA
"I can only tell you what worked for me. I had nausea at the beginning for about 3 weeks. I got a Rx of an anti-nausea drug to take when it was real bad. I also had extreme fatigue--I was taking naps, going to bed early, and only doing what I had to…"
Jan 15
Beatriz D. shared their discussion on Twitter
Jan 15
Beatriz D. added a discussion to the group VICTOZA

New to Victoza

Hey everyone,I've had type 2 diabetes since 2001. Metformin has worked for me all these years, and I've been lucky. However, I'm having a lot of problems with compliance, and my diabetes decided to yell at me. Last A1C was 9.5, and my doctor decided it was time for me to try something new so she prescribed Victoza.I haven't started using yet because I'm getting rid of a nasty stomach bug, but I've been to the nurse who taught me how to inject. That's not an issue for me, I'm not afraid of…See More
Jan 15

Profile Information

The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 2 diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
To share my experience with other people, learn and participate actively.
Date diagnosed
April 1, 2001
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
9.5 (1/7/14 - Welcome to Victoza!)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Oral, Shots, Diet and Exercise
Enter your website, if any (blog, Facebook, Twitter)


Hello! My name is Bea and my pancreas went rogue on me. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2001 and became active in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) in 2007. This blog is about my life with diabetes, my battle against depression, as well as other chronic conditions.

I decided to start learning more and sharing my experiences with diabetes before my own diagnosis. I grew up knowing that my father had diabetes and I was aware of its many complications. Words like retinopathy and neuropathy were no rocket science to me. When he died in 2000 I channeled my grief through educating myself, creating awareness and joining different fundraising campaigns.

My diagnosis didn’t come as a surprise; I have a history of hypothyroidism, PCOS and insulin resistance. However, I manage to live a happy, healthy-ish life in a nice town north of Chicago. I strive every day to share my experiences and be an advocate for all people with diabetes, regardless of which type.

I was recently honored to join the Diabetes Social Media Awareness (DSMA) Advisory Board and I am co-hosting the DSMA en Vivo show on Blog Talk Radio. Stay tuned!

You can contact me at bea at crankypancreas dot com.

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At 6:43am on December 5, 2014, wendy said…
At 4:25am on December 5, 2014, Linda G said…

From morning till night
May your SPECIAL DAY be bright

And nicer than ever before!

At 5:46am on December 5, 2013, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Beatrice, Happy Birthday!!! Here is wishing you a wonderful and happy birthday. I hope the coming year will be full of blessings, joy and the wonderful love of family and friends.

At 4:06am on December 5, 2013, Linda G said…

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Smiles and laughter. Joy and cheer.
New happiness that stays throughout the year...
Hope your birthday brings all these and more.
(You haven't been on in a while...I hope everything is OK)
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

At 4:26am on December 5, 2012, Linda G said…

Best Wishes NOW....and for the rest of the year!
Have a GREAT "ME" DAY :)
Hey, why don't you come join us in the TuD chat room?
You'll see us at the bottom of the home page.
We have a great time getting to know each other,
sharing info and lots of laughs :)
It's on right now!

At 3:58am on December 5, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday,Beatriz D. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!

At 2:13am on December 5, 2012, brokenpole said…
Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful day and get to have some fun. Enjoy your special day.
At 9:45pm on November 2, 2012, Karen said…

We need your help...

Please share this post here on TuDiabetes and on your Facebook and tag 20 close friends on it. We need your support to reach 20,000 entries for the Big Blue Test!

Please do Big Blue Test every day until November 14 (World Diabetes Day). For each entry, the Diabetes Hands Foundation (that's the nonprofit behind TuDiabetes) receives a $5 donation from Roche Diabetes Care, to help people with diabetes in need.

You can enter your exercise numbers on the web site ( or using the iPhone app:

Thanks for your help!!

At 4:49am on December 5, 2011, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday,Beatriz. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!

At 4:05am on December 5, 2011, Linda G said…

Hello...How Do You Do, and....HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Beatriz....
Loved your bio ♥ I'm Canadian....grew up in Québec. My father also had D., (as do/did many others in the family...a bit of a red thread there!) but when it came knocking on MY door, was when I first sat up and took notice!
I too have a soft spot for cats, AND wee rodents....even beavers :)
Best Wishes NOW....and on the next 364 days!
How's it all going? Do you have any questions or comments?




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