Diabetes and Emotions

The Gray Area

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By January 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , 10 Comments

“Diabetes makes you a hero!  You’re pinch-hitting for a busted pancreas, and you’re kicking ass!  Nothing can stop you!  Climb mountains, run marathons, compete, destroy threats, take no prisoners!  The world is your oyster, and even with a busted pancreas, you remain the pearl!” We see that.  Or we hear … “Diabetes will eat you alive.  Busted pancreas is only…

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You Know What Doesn’t Suck?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By January 12, 2018 Tags: , , , 14 Comments

Bring me your diabetes happies, your small victories, your moments of joy!  What does diabetes bring to your life that doesn’t suck? You know what doesn’t suck?  Being tuned into my body.  I pay close attention to my physical and mental health because diabetes forces me to, but I consider that a good thing.  I see my healthcare team often….

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Diabetes Month: The One About Anxiety

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Mental Health, Real Life Diabetes By November 2, 2017 Tags: , , , 28 Comments

I’ve had some anxiety flare ups in the past. Like in college, when I’d break out in hives across my abdomen, tied directly to the more stressful moments – when exams were up, when I was working the early am breakfast shift five days a week and then going to class, when my parents split. Like after my son was…

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Do You Hate Diabetes?

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support By October 11, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 9 Comments

I asked some friends on Facebook if they hated diabetes, and the answers* were as varied as the folks responding: “I hate it, the hassle, and the complications but I do not hate the growth amd strength I’ve achieved or the family I’ve gained because of it.” “I don’t hate it as a thing but it does annoy me. At…

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Guest Post: Mindy Bartleson on Chronic Illness, Mental Heath, and Removing the Rose Colored Glasses

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Mental Health, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 18, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Mindy is self-publishing an honest book about growing up with chronic illness and mental health. She wrote the content before rose colored glasses impacted her experiences too much.  Today, she’s sharing the why behind her efforts on SixUntilMe. And if you’d like to help this book get published, you can visit the crowdfunding page to learn more, back her project,…

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Thirty One Years with Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Memories, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By September 11, 2017 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

When my diabetes marked it’s 25th birthday, I wrote a bulleted of stuff I’ve learned since diagnosis.  Another handful of years later, most of that list still holds up, with a few tweaks: Sometimes I can’t believe this is still A Thing.  That diabetes is still a thing that requires attention, work, and patience.  I used to believe in the…

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In Sickness and in Health: My Partner Has Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 9, 2017 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

A week or two ago, I received a message from a reader asking about the influence diabetes has on my marriage.  I took to Facebook to get some broader feedback, but the question forced me to drop into the weeds to see how my diabetes touches my marriage.  This will be part one of a two part post, with today’s…

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In Sickness and in Health: I Have Diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By August 8, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

A week or two ago, I received a message from a reader asking about the influence diabetes has on my marriage.  I took to Facebook to get some broader feedback, but the question forced me to drop into the weeds to see how my diabetes touches my marriage.  This will be part one of a two part post, with today’s…

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Looking Back: Language and Diabetes.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By July 31, 2017 Tags: , , 2 Comments

In combing through some older posts, I found this one about language, and the words we use.  (Older post here)  How I talk about my diabetes influences how I feel about it, or how it can make me fee.  Which is why I wanted to revisit this post this afternoon, looking back to last year’s Diabetes Blog Week.   *…

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Voices Carry.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By July 25, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

There’s no generation assigned glibly to me – not a millenial, not a Gen X’er, but I seem to be an “xenial,” according to this new write-up.  I identify completely with “experienced an analogue childhood and a digital adulthood.” My journaling has gone from paper journals to blog posts, too.  I used to keep volumes of chaotic ramblings as a…

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Guest Post: A Note to My Newly-Diagnosed Self

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Online Community, Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes By May 30, 2017 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Today, thanks to a very generous reader named Cathy Fisher, I’m able to host a guest post about being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult in the form of a letter from Cathy, to her newly-diagnosed self.  Cathy was diagnosed November of 2003 at age 18, in her first semester of college. At the time, she was the first diabetic she knew. She…

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What to Work On.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes and Emotions, Exercise & Fitness, Psychosocial Support, Real Life Diabetes By May 9, 2017 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

I’ve gotten lazy in my diabetes management.  And I’m not proud of it.  My recent A1C result was still in my goal range but not where it was a few months ago, and I’d love to return to that level of control.  Thing is, I’ve gone soft when it comes to following through on my daily diabetes duties. Yeah.  I’m…

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Twelve Years Old.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community By May 4, 2017 6 Comments

My blog turns twelve years old today. Twelve years ago, I was a twentysomething mess wondering if I was the only PWD who wanted to connect with other like-pancreased people.  Twelve years later, I’m a thirtysomething mess who has found her peers and benefitted from those connections in ways that far surpass any drop in A1C. Grateful doesn’t even begin…

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Guest Post: My Magical Disney Moment.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Psychosocial Support By March 31, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

The power of peer-to-peer connections is not lost on the diabetes community.  While insulin remains our strongest medication tool, our mental and emotional health is nourished by connecting with like-pancreased people, making any diabetes burden that much lighter. One of the most amazing peer support cultures in the diabetes community is found at Children with Diabetes’ Friends for Life conference….

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From NOPE to Yes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By February 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

My friend Susan is a huge part of the Postpartum Progress group, and on her Facebook feed I saw an article that she had shared.  I like to see what my friends are working in and sharing in and out of the diabetes space, so I clicked. Reading through the postpartum depression list had me nodding a little bit.  But…

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Imagining Life Diabetes-Free.

Diabetes and Emotions, Real Life Diabetes By February 7, 2017 Tags: , , , , 14 Comments

I read an article today – Imagining Life Diabetes-Free.  This quote gave me pause:  “She said her mom equates living with diabetes to being ‘like a duck on a pond: it looks graceful and calm just swimming along, but below the surface, you don’t see the paddling, and all the work it’s doing to keep moving forward.” What would it…

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