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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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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I’ve planned, booked, organised, packed, and said a not-so-tearful goodbye to my colleagues. I’ve loaded my e-reader with as many books as it will hold. I’ve checked every item off of my pre-travel checklist (get your copy here) and I’m ready to go. There ARE, however, a few things to still keep in mind while traveling with a pump.
Everyone likes to save money. As diabetics, it’s even more important, as we have all the extra ‘stuff’ to purchase. Lancets, pen needles, insulin, alcohol swabs, pump supplies, more than the average person. And I know my diabetic friends, all of whom have been conquering the disease daily for 25 years or more, have little tips and short cuts.
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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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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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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?
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.