Sexual orientation and identity in diabetes health care: the experience of Type 2 diabetes among lesbian, queer, and women-loving women
Welch, Michelle Louise
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This Master's Thesis reports on the experiences of Type 2 Diabetes of Lesbian, Queer, and Women-Loving Women. The thesis examines the impact of sexual orientation on experiences with diabetes, and how this chronic disease affects the way a woman views herself, her health, and her body image. Each participant presented her narrative and world views in regards to her diabetes health care and management, stress and trauma, and management of relationships. Through narrative analysis, I have revealed differing mechanisms of coping and explanatory models; the many women of this study selectively chose to be more open about her sexual orientation than her diabetes status.