Lightning Talks: Stigma and the Stories We Tell

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diaTribe hosted the d21 Lightning Talks – where three people with diabetes shared their experiences with diabetes stigma and the power of storytelling to create social change.

As we continue our quest to dismantle the toxicity of diabetes stigma we invite you to hear several amazing speakers share the stories they weave to create changes in the hearts and minds of their audiences.

The idea began with a TED Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the danger of a single story. Her talk about the importance of sharing stories, and even more importantly, sharing many different stories is incredibly inspiring.

Phyllisa Deroze, a powerful leader and advocate in the diabetes community who founded DiagnosedNotDefeated, shared her personal story of being misdiagnosed and how intersectionality has shaped her experiences.

Eileen Opatut, former senior vice president of programming for The Food Network shared her personal story of how stigma affected the way she viewed herself as someone with type 2 diabetes and how she learned to move beyond the self-blame she experienced.

And David Lee Strasberg, the creative director and CEO of the Lee Strasberg Institute, taught us the skill of re-telling someone else’s story.

A special thank you to our d21 Lightning Talks supporters, One Drop (Presenting Sponsor), Abbott (Silver Sponsor), and AstraZeneca, Dexcom, and Sanofi (Bronze Sponsors).

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