Diabetes is easier when shared

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Posted by Barb Wagstaff, Son T1 '00, pumper '03 on Apr 20, 2018 12:55:51 PM
Barb Wagstaff, Son T1 '00, pumper '03

Diabetes is easier when shared

Everyone here at insulinpumps.ca has a personal connection to diabetes.  We understand the importance of having people who "get it" in your life. It helps to be able to talk to other people who understand what life with diabetes is really like. It can make diabetes feel lighter.  That's why we are partnering with Virtue BajurnyBSW, MSW, RSW to provide you with ongoing support! 

Virtue is a registered social worker and therapist who lives with type 1 diabetes.  (If you didn't get a chance to see her live on the insulinpumps.ca Facebook page you really want to check it out below!) As someone who has lived with diabetes for 22 years, Virtue has seen and experienced first hand how challenging living with a chronic health condition can be. Even when everything appears to be managed physically, having an illness that requires 24/7 vigilance can be emotionally, socially, and financially exhausting. Finding that there were a lack of psychosocial supports available, Virtue decided to focus her practice on supporting people's psychological and emotional wellbeing while living with a chronic health condition herself.

We are therefore super excited that with the help of insulinpumps.ca, Virtue will be hosting ongoing group sessions for people who would like to have the opportunity to talk to others who get it! 

Sessions will be limited to 10 participants and will be held in a private online meeting room.  You don't have to drive for hours. You don't have to schedule time off of work. You will simply log in to join Virtue and nine other people with diabetes to talk about the topics that you want to talk about. 

Her first session will give you a chance to discuss the emotional side of diabetes.  She will help you to deal with the burnout and depression that can come from the daily challenges of diabetes care.  Checking blood sugars, injecting insulin, changing sites, counting carbs--it all can become overwhelming and upsetting. Virtue will help you to find ways to cope. 

You can click here to reserve your spot in the first online session taking place on May 2 at 7pm EDT.  Subsequent sessions will the take place on the first Wednesday of the month. There will be a fee $30 per person and each session will last for one hour.  If you would prefer a private session,  contact us and we can certainly arrange that for you as well. 

To join the first session on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm EDT, please click the button below to reserve your spot.  If this time doesn't work for you but you would like to learn about other dates and times, sign up here! We'll keep you in the loop because we're all in this together.

Reserve my spot

If you missed Virtue and Michele's free session, you will definitely want to catch up now!

 

Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout, diabetes and depression, diabetes counselling, diabetes stress, handling the stress of diabetes care