I lived in fear after being diagnosed with diabetes. Most people don’t know the fear that comes with being told that if you make one mistake, you could die. A tightrope walker may fear to fall off, but they made a choice to walk the tight wire, and within a minute, their walk is over.…… Continue reading Fear of Dying & The Realities of Diabetes!
Family Conflict: Frustration or Blood Sugars
How does anyone understand the complexities of diabetes? Isn’t it as simple as following a routine? Unfortunately not! The emotional roller coaster that is diabetes abounds every which way you look. There are many reasons people with diabetes seem to have emotional problems. Some individuals have legitimate mental health issues, and if you are having…… Continue reading Family Conflict: Frustration or Blood Sugars
Diabetes: Walk In My Shoes!
Diabetes is a complicated illness to live with and even more burdensome to explain. Issues that loved ones have trouble understanding are vast and complex. So complex that is not possible to address all of them in one blog. Over the next few blogs, we will look at some of the most common ones that tend…… Continue reading Diabetes: Walk In My Shoes!
Are you listening?
Listening is such a big part of communication and essential in all aspects of life. A lot of people feel that they are good listeners but are they? Are you? Listening When I ask you to listen to me, and you start giving me advice, you have not done what I asked. When I ask…… Continue reading Are you listening?
Diabetes & The Pitfalls of Support!
Support is hard to find even misleading at times. The family is supposed to be supportive but, what some people think is supportive, may feel just the opposite. Here is the dilemma at hand: Friends, family, and loved ones may believe that they’re supportive but, instead, they may be overly protective or punitive towards the…… Continue reading Diabetes & The Pitfalls of Support!
Success With Diabetes?
A lot of people living with diabetes have a tendency to blame themselves when things go wrong with their diabetes. There is so much pressure from doctors, parents and ourselves that we tend to internalize and equate how successful we are as individuals with how well we manage our diabetes. Diabetes can become the focus…… Continue reading Success With Diabetes?
Diabetes Impact: Brothers & Sisters
So it came to my attention recently that siblings have a difficult time after their brother or sister gets diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. All the attention for the siblings not living with diabetes disappears, as the family rallies around the child living with diabetes. Although, attention around being sick is not…… Continue reading Diabetes Impact: Brothers & Sisters
Extreme Blood Sugars & Managing Emotions
They are quiet, often sneak up on you, cause tons of frustration, and can lead to low self-esteem, arguments, relationship and diabetes burnout. What can have such a devastating impact but be so hard to notice at first? If you saw my last blog you know I am talking about micro-trauma (mini-trauma.) It is the…… Continue reading Extreme Blood Sugars & Managing Emotions
Living With Diabetes & Balance
Balance is one of the most important concepts in finding happiness in life. I started this blog initially trying to make the idea of balance, sexy and fun, but to no avail. I have come to the realization that it can’t be sexy or fun but can allow people to find fulfillment and have a…… Continue reading Living With Diabetes & Balance
Not One More! Thing?
The phrase “Not one more…” is a saying that people tend to internalize. It tends to happen when something new is added to one’s life. Life is filled with plenty of “One more…” things. What happens when one more, is one too much? I will lose my mind if: One more, Person tells me I…… Continue reading Not One More! Thing?