#dBlogWeek: What Brings Me Down

The one thing that always brings me down about diabetes

Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt:

May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope?

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There’s one thing in particular that always brings me down when it comes to diabetes. That is talk of a cure.

Talk of a cure, you say? Why would that bring you down? Wouldn’t it give you hope? Hope that one day you won’t have to take pills or shoot insulin? Hope that one day you can go for a hike without worry that you’ll go low on the trail? Hope that one day you can eat a carb-heavy meal without judgement?

First of all, when people talk about a cure for diabetes they aren’t talking about me.

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This Is NOT Helpful…

They put a bunch of data from other studies into a one big pool and came up with…a statistic. That’s it. …

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Diabetes Can Shorten Life by 6 Years, the headline screamed.

“A 50-year-old with diabetes dies six years sooner than someone without the disease…”

Oh my! I know a 50-year-old who happens to live with diabetes. What can be done to help her avoid this awful fate? Continue reading “This Is NOT Helpful…”

Living Well With Diabetes: Reach Out

There’s a certain irony to the fact that while I am responsible for managing my diabetes, I cannot do that by myself.

“No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main…”
—John Donne, Meditation XVII

There’s a certain irony to the fact that while I am the one responsible for managing my health, I cannot do it all by myself.

I’m not a health expert. I don’t know everything there is to know about diabetes or exercise. Heck, I’m not even a very good cook! I’m human. Sometimes I have to rely on others.

Every successful person has a support team. Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Reach Out”

Living Well With Diabetes: Be Resourceful

No matter how well organized I try to be, life sometimes throws me a curve ball.

Whatever the cause I have to adjust my routine, often on the fly, sometimes in unfamiliar surroundings, generally by myself. And, oh yeah, I still have to keep tight control of my diabetes.

In short: How do I stay resourceful?

The best laid schemes of Mice and Men oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain…
—Robert Burns, To a Mouse

No matter how hard I try to be well organized, life sometimes throws me a curve ball.

I get a cold that makes me feel so miserable that all I want to eat is warm bowls of chicken pho soup brimming with rice noodles. Or a business trip puts me on a 5 a.m. flight, disrupting my normal routine.

Whatever the cause I have to adjust my routine, often on the fly, sometimes in unfamiliar surroundings, generally by myself. And, oh yeah, I still have to keep tight control of my diabetes. Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Be Resourceful”

Living Well With Diabetes: Gain Knowledge

After my diagnosis I was faced with a whole lot of new information. With understanding I could make better choices about my treatment and lifestyle changes. With knowledge I could make informed choices.

After my diagnosis I was faced with a whole lot of new information.

Well, it was new to me. Doctors, dietitians, websites, books, co-workers, friends, family… They all had something to say about diabetes, how it works (or doesn’t work, as the case may be), its complications, and what’s the best way to “treat” it.

Being bombarded with information wasn’t helpful. It was confusing. Sometimes one person told me one thing and another person told me exactly the opposite. Which was correct? What was just crackpot? I needed to sort it all out. Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Gain Knowledge”