The Type 2 Experience is a collaboration blog created by a group of friends who live with type 2 at different levels and with different backgrounds.

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. 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 www.DiagnosedNOTdefeated.com.

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.