When Worry Comes to Visit: Understanding and Managing Anxiety Related to Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 '94, Pumper 2009 on Jul 24, 2018 9:03:59 AM

Those that live with diabetes, either themselves or have a loved one with the condition, know why worry can go hand in hand with having diabetes. Managing diabetes is something that seems to be on our minds all the time, even when not in the forefront of our thoughts. There are so many factors that can affect blood glucose levels that, even when you seem to have everything under control, levels can change quickly and drastically. And these ups and downs are not inconsequential—they interact with every area of our lives and sometimes in quite detrimental ways. This combination of unpredictability and the potential severity of consequences lays a ripe breeding ground for worries to grow.

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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, type1 diabetes, diabetes control, managing diabetes, mindfulness, diabetes meditation, reducing stress

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

What the Senate Committee Review on the Disability Tax Credit means for you.

Posted by Barb Wagstaff, Son T1 '00, pumper '03 on Jun 29, 2018 11:35:53 AM

Some background

During the summer of 2017, many Canadian diabetes groups were made aware of an increased number of rejected applications for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) by people living with diabetes. A public letter was sent to both the media and finance department asking why the Canada Revenue Agency seemed to be implementing a policy change when there had been no change in legislation.

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Tags: diabetes costs, diabetes, tax credits, financial support, financial assistance

To Keto or Not to Keto...What you need to know

Posted by Jane Stevenson,BSc, PDt, Type 1 '05, Pumper '06, CGM '16 on Jun 21, 2018 1:32:31 PM

It’s no secret that the keto craze has become popular in the dieting world as of late. A quick Google search reveals nearly 76 million results with many websites peddling cookbooks, supplements, and meal plans, and touting their advice as the “ultimate guide to keto.” But let’s back up for a second, what does keto even mean? And what does it have to do with diabetes?

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Tags: diabetes, diabetes and food, type1 diabetes, diabetes diet, losing weight with diabetes, diabetes control, keto diet, managing diabetes

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

15 Travel Tips for Insulin Pumpers...part 1

Posted by Kelly Evans, Type 1 '72, Pumper '15 on Jun 8, 2018 12:43:44 PM

It’s Friday, 5pm. I’m locking my desk, donning my coat, and stepping outside. And I’m sporting a smile wider than the Grand Canyon, because it’s vacation time! A week or two to unwind, forget the office politics, and read all of those books I’ve told people I’ve already read. I’ve packed and planned, and now I’m primed to go. But is my insulin pump?

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Tags: diabetes, pharmacy, insulin cartridges, being attached to an insulin pump, life with diabetes, type1 diabetes, traveling with diabetes, diabetes and airplanes, going on vacation with diabetes

Tilly's Story

Posted by insulinpumps.ca on Jun 6, 2018 12:55:46 PM

Ever since June, 2010, my life has never been the same. That's because I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). I have never known what life is like without T1D because I was only 2 and a half when I was diagnosed. I have been in the hospital 3 times. Twice for D.K.A and once for low blood sugars. I was very scared when this happened. I was vomiting lots and the nurses kept taking lots of blood out of my arm.

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Tags: diabetes, life with diabetes, diabetes community, children with diabetes, type1 diabetes

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

Exploring the emotional side of diabetes care

Posted by Barb Wagstaff, Son T1 '00, pumper '03 on Apr 5, 2018 3:23:16 PM

You need to clear your calendar April 19th! Block out 7pm EDT as super important just for YOU! 

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

Diabetes and Anxiety: You're Not Alone

Posted by Emily Dentinger,Type 1 '98, Pumper '08, CGM '15 on Mar 26, 2018 8:34:31 AM

Diabetes is not an easy disease to deal with.  Most Diabetics look calm, cool, and collected on the outside, but on the inside, there can be constant worry about going too high or too low, and all the factors that can negatively affect this.  It isn't hard to figure out how all of this can lead to anxiety.   After all, we are picking up the slack of an internal organ!  We are our pancreas!  That isn't a small feat.  However since we are human as well, we aren't by any means perfect.  Things won't always go the way we want.  Anxiety can feel like it is taking over your life, however there is a way to get back to yourself.  Here are 4 things to remember if your Diabetes is causing you anxiety.

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, diabetes, diabetes tips, anxiety, mental health, diabetes burnout