3 things that help me deal with Diabetes and Depression

Posted by Emily Dentinger,Type 1 '98, Pumper '08, CGM '15 on Nov 28, 2018 10:02:39 AM

According to Diabetes Canada, people with diabetes are 30% more likely to have depression than those without diabetes.  These numbers are rather alarming, but also quite understandable.  Diabetes is a 24/7 job with no breaks or paid lunches.  Rather, it makes us think about it morning, noon, and night, and it doesn’t take much for our hard work to come crumbling down.  It’s easy to think “why bother?”.

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Tags: mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, managing diabetes, diabetes supports in Canada

What you need to know about Canada's newest insulin pumps

Posted by Daniel Bestvater RPh, CDE - T1 1977, Pumper 20+ years on Nov 17, 2018 8:10:42 AM

The Medtronic™670G  and the Tandem® t:slim X2™ insulin pumps have received approval from Health Canada.  This is very big news for the Canadian insulin pump market!

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, insulin pump, diabetes, diabetes tips, Medtronic insulin pump, Tandem® t:slim X2, starting an insulin pump, life with diabetes, diabetes community, children with diabetes, managing diabetes

Dealing with Diabetes Distress, Burnout, and Depression

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Nov 10, 2018 1:01:34 PM

Diabetes distress and diabetes burnout are two terms that are discussed frequently, but what exactly do they mean? Fisher, Hessler, Polonsky, & Mullan (2012) define diabetes-related distress as “the unique, often hidden, emotional burdens and worries that are part of the spectrum of patient experience when managing a severe, demanding chronic disease like diabetes.” This distress is typically understood as relating to 4 interconnected domains: (1) the emotional impact of living with a chronic health condition; (2) the stress associated with diabetes management; (3) the pressures associated with managing social relationships while living with diabetes; and (4) the stress associated with managing relationships with healthcare professionals treating your diabetes.

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Tags: mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, finding a therapist, diabetes care team, diabetes control, mindfulness, reducing stress, diabetes therapist, diabetes supports in Canada, Crisis lines, mental health phone numbers

Navigating Publicly Funded Mental Health Services in Canada

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Oct 1, 2018 1:33:31 PM

Sometimes dealing with a mental health issue feels too big to do on your own or with the help of friends, family, and your usual support network. You might feel that it is time to start exploring community programs and public mental health supports to help you manage, but it can be difficult to know where to begin.

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Tags: anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, free diabetes counselling, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, finding a therapist, being your own wellness advocate, diabetes care team, diabetes meditation, reducing stress, diabetes therapist, diabetes supports in Canada, Crisis lines, mental health phone numbers

Nightscout...the Original CGM Sharing Program

My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 5 years ago. She was 6 years old at the time. All she knew about T1D was what she saw or heard from me. I've been managing a life with Type 1 for 20 years.

Before she was diagnosed, I used to hear whispers of new treatments, tools and potential cures coming down the pipe, but always with the tagline of '5-10 years from now'. They were right. That 5 years turned to 10, which quickly turned to 15 and now 20, yet - after millions of hours and dollars invested in research and development, I felt that there had been no significan progress. I had basically become numb to 'the pipeline' and had completely given up on 'the cure', until I tripped over Nightscout while scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook a few years ago.

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, insulin pump, diabetes tips, Medtronic insulin pump, life with diabetes, diabetes community, children with diabetes, diabetes control, managing diabetes, DIY CGM, #WeAreNotWaiting, DIY pumping

Talking About Diabetes: Why it’s helpful, why you might not want to, and how to go about it

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Sep 13, 2018 10:46:41 AM

There are a variety of reasons you might want to let some people in your life know about your diabetes. An obvious example might be that it can be helpful to have people in your life that can assist you in case your blood glucose levels are dangerously high or low, but even outside those emergency situations it can just be nice to know that you have other people in your life that are open and willing to support you through the everyday ups and downs of diabetes.

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes tips, mental health, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, life with diabetes, diabetes community, mindfulness, reducing stress

What should I do if my pump fails?

Posted by Daniel Bestvater RPh, CDE - T1 1977, Pumper 20+ years on Sep 12, 2018 1:49:57 PM

Have you ever thought about what you would do if something happened to your insulin pump?

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, insulin pump, diabetes tips, Medtronic insulin pump, Animas insulin pump, Tandem® t:slim X2, Animas®insulin pump, life with diabetes, children with diabetes, traveling with diabetes, going on vacation with diabetes, diabetes control, managing diabetes

Finding Your Balance in the Transition to College and University

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Aug 27, 2018 9:51:00 AM

There is a dominant narrative that the period from your late teens to early twenties is simply about being carefree, trying new things, and finding your place in the world. This account is not entirely wrong, but it is quite often incomplete. Early adulthood might be filled with new and exciting experiences, but it is also an anxiety provoking time for a lot of people. Figuring out who you are as an individual, while also trying to fit in with your peer groups can be stressful; getting lost in the sudden lack of daily routine found in a lot of college and university timetables can be unsettling; while, uncertainty about your future education and career path can be overwhelming.  

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, life with diabetes, mindfulness, diabetes meditation, reducing stress, going to school with diabetes, Going to college with diabetes, dealing with diabetes in university

What the Heck are IPX Ratings Anyway?

Posted by Kelly Evans, Type 1 '72, Pumper '15 on Aug 25, 2018 9:58:00 AM

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, insulin pump, diabetes tips, Medtronic insulin pump, Animas®insulin pump, life with diabetes, traveling with diabetes, going on vacation with diabetes, managing diabetes, water resistance, waterproof, IPX rating

A Little Self-Compassion Can Go a Long Way in Helping You Deal with Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Aug 13, 2018 10:00:18 AM

Diabetes can present as an incredible burden on those who live with it. There is a lot of social stigma felt by people with diabetes and those who care for them, which can lead to feelings of difference, isolation, and personal failure. The daily regiment of management is demanding and can be overwhelming. And the ups and downs of blood glucose levels can be exhausting and traumatic. All of these factors combined often lead people with diabetes to judge themselves harshly.

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, life with diabetes, diabetes control, managing diabetes, mindfulness, diabetes meditation

     

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