Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009

Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009
Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009

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What Does ‘Self-Care’ Mean in the Context of Diabetes?

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jul 9, 2018 1:43:34 PM

The term ‘self-care’ has become a somewhat of a buzzword these days. There are plenty of articles, memes, and graphics describing simple steps you can take for yourself to find a break from your hectic daily schedule—take a bubble bath, enjoy a piece of chocolate, create a daily gratitude journal. All of those things are nice, and potentially helpful, but they talk about self-care in terms that don’t take into account the reality of living with a chronic illness.

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Tags: diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, life with diabetes, diabetes community, children with diabetes, type1 diabetes, mindfulness

Mindfulness and Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jun 25, 2018 10:42:09 AM

Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully focusing one’s awareness on the present moment without judgement. It can help you manage pain, lower stress, connect to those around you, and focus your mind—all of which can help you in managing your diabetes.

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Tags: Type 2 Diabetes, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, life with diabetes, type1 diabetes, mindfulness, diabetes meditation

How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Diabetes Care Team

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jun 12, 2018 2:16:29 PM

Before experiencing life with a chronic illness you likely had less interaction with the healthcare system. You probably only saw a doctor for an occasional check-up or to get a prescription for an acute illness, like antibiotics for a bacterial infection. However, when you or someone you care for was diagnosed with diabetes, your relationship with the healthcare system likely changed quite suddenly and quite drastically; you went from seeing a physician as an occasional acquaintance to managing several long-term relationships throughout a whole healthcare team.

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Tags: insulin, diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, life with diabetes, being your own wellness advocate, diabetes care team

10 Signs of Eating Disorders in People with Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jun 2, 2018 5:00:00 PM

In today’s society—where we are bombarded with images and messages about how to eat, take care of ourselves and look— it is not uncommon for people to feel dissatisfied with their body shape, size, or features. However, there is a point at which this ‘normative discontent’ can grow into unhealthy relationships with food, body image, and/or body weight.

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Tags: anxiety, mental health, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, eating disorders, diabetes and food

What you need to know when looking for a therapist

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on May 18, 2018 9:50:10 AM

Searching for someone to help support you through your difficulties with diabetes or other challenges can be a daunting task. There are many mental health providers out there, each with different perspectives, ways of working and experience. This quick guide will provide you with some key steps to help you get started in looking for a therapist.

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Tags: diabetes, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care, diabetes and mental health, finding a therapist