The Type 2 Experience is a collaboration blog created by some members of the Diabetes Online Community who live with type 2 at different levels and with different backgrounds.

The idea was developed after coming to a consensus that people with type 2 diabetes need to make their presence more visible in the DOC, and that voices united are louder. As advocates we believe it is necessary to establish a stronger presence, and follow the example of many leaders in the type 1 community to open a space for connection, sharing of ideas and feedback among the type 2 diabetes community.

Our wish is that by sharing our personal experiences, which vary greatly when it comes to type 2 diabetes, we will be able to work on the many misconceptions about our condition and educate people about the value of community, honesty, compassion and mutual understanding.


Bea Sparks


Bea was born and raised in Colombia (South America), and lives in the greater Chicago area. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in April 2001, and became a member of the diabetes online community in 2007 in order to learn more about her condition and help others. She has served as an advisory board member for the Diabetes Hands Foundation, and the Diabetes Advocacy Community Foundation. She also participated as the co-host of DSMA en Vivo, an internet radio show for the Hispanic community touched by diabetes. Bea has been featured in different blogs and diabetes related media.


Doctor P

Dr. P

Dr. P. is a South Florida native currently living in the UAE as a 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar. She was diagnosed with diabetes on February 15, 2011 after passing out in her bathtub from extremely high glucose levels. The news of the diagnosis came within the first year of her marriage and within the first year of working as a university professor. Two months later, she lost her home in a tornado. Dr. P. started blogging to share her experiences, make connections with other diabetics since she’s the first diabetic from both sets of grandparents’ lineage, and create a web presence that provides culturally competent information about the effects of diabetes in black communities. She blogs at


Kate Cornell


Kate lives in a small town in northern AZ and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June 2005. She turned to the internet when she realized it was difficult to find a support network. She eventually met Bob Pedersen and started her own blog in 2010. Through her participation in different d-blog events she has had the chance to find other people with diabetes who are supportive, helpful and funny. She has a passion for helping others cope with what she calls a “wonky disease.” You can read her blog, Kate’s Sweet Success.


Lizmari Collazo


Lizmari is a Puerto Rican, living in central Iowa. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2009, after a couple of years of escalating symptoms. Sobered by the reality of her diagnosis, and her late father’s battle with the disease, she immediately took to the internet to learn as much as she could about the condition. Today, she administrates a Facebook group called “Living with Diabetes,” as well as hosts a viral “diabetic” ice cream social, to raise awareness on the condition. You can read her various musings at her blog, The Angry Type 2 Diabetic.


Mike Durbin


Mike was 24 years old when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure on December 29, 2008, and has been a member of the diabetes online community since January 2009. Today, at age 30, his current treatment regimen includes diet and exercise, as well as the use of Lantus insulin, Novolog insulin, and Victoza. Mike firmly believes that there is no shame in having type 2 diabetes or CHF, and hopes that by sharing his story, he will inspire others to fight on, and live their life to the fullest.  He writes about his life on, and has been featured in USA Today and Diabetic Living Magazine.


Sue Rericha


Sue is married to her high school sweetheart and the mom of five children. She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in March 2008 after having gestational diabetes five times (1993-2004). She started blogging due to disappointment in finding so few Type 2 blogs. Her blog serves as her way to share her joys and frustrations of raising a large family while also dealing with Type 2. Sue’s blog is Diabetes Ramblings.