Category Archives: Diabetes Friends

Diabetes Blog Week: What Brings Me Down

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I’m participating in Diabetes Blog Week this week.I’m hoping these prompts will re-inspire my writing and encourage lots of blood sugar checks 🙂

May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? (Thanks go out to Scott of Strangely Diabetic for coordinating this topic.)

This is a hard topic to cover in a succinct or eloquent manner. I’m anticipating the fact that I’m about to let myself explore the many tough (emotional) aspects of diabetes — and I’m okay with that.. because that’s life and because I’ll balance it out tomorrow with positive. Work, appointments and my new addition of SCHOOL (more on that another day) called for this morning to begin at 4am. It’s a list kind of day.

Emotional Issues
-Judgment by those who don’t know better (or even those who do..).
-Guilt due to high blood sugar. Or low blood sugar. Or forgetting to put a new bottle of strips in your purse. Or change your pump set, or refill your glucose, or call in a script. You catch my drift.
-Not feeling 100% — fighting with yourself to push through they day and not let diabetes hold you back from doing something.
-Wondering why your sugar is high or low. Troubleshooting.
-The financial impact of diabetes.
-The impact that ALWAYS PLANNING has on your well being. I never stop thinking.
-Fear of the future and what complications it may (or may not!) hold. When is the future?
-Fighting with food. Being pissed that I *shouldn’t* eat that burger because my blood sugar is over 200 mg/dl. {“But I don’t like to let diabetes hold me back from doing things! But I also don’t like to feel like shit, and I want to prevent complications” (see, mind always racing).}
-The simple fact that this impacts my husband.
-The incurable-ness of this disease.
-Seizures in the middle of the night. The indescribable feeling of mortality that envelopes you when you finally realize what just happened and why you’re lying in a pool of apple juice and sweat. (I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever experienced a worse feeling than this.)

How I Cope?
-Exercise that I love. Yoga, especially.
-Eating well — and being excited about the things I eat that I know are good for me.
-A fabulous support system made up of my friends, my family, and my superhero husband.
-Escaping reality for a bit with a good book.
-Writing this blog. Reading your blog.
-Continuously learning.
-Reminding myself that I can do this. So can you.
-Calling my sister (also T1) for a diabetes bitchfest.

Are there other things that make this disease emotional? Hell yes. Do I cope in more ways than what I listed? Absolutely (and some of the ways may not be healthy, like pretending I don’t have diabetes for an hour, or longer).

The most important thing to remember? I’ve come this far, and I’ve got all of you behind me. I’m not just a diabetic, but I wouldn’t be the person I am today without diabetes (for instance, maybe I wouldn’t be such a planner!).

Diabetes Blog Week: Poetry Tuesday

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I’m participating in Diabetes Blog Week (albeit late). I’m hoping these prompts will re-inspire my writing and encourage lots of blood sugar checks 🙂

Today’s Topic: This year, Diabetes Blog Week and TuDiabetes are teaming up to bring out the poet in you! Write a poem, rhyme, ballad, haiku, or any other form of poetry about diabetes. After you’ve posted it on your blog, share it on the No Sugar Added® Poetry page on TuDiabetes, and read what others have shared there as well!

I can’t see you.
Diabetes.
Invisible.
Wreaking havoc.

Testing.
Poking.
Eating.
Worrying.

Trying to find the positive.
Healthy habits.
Supportive friends.
In tune.

Exhausted.

Forever.
(please find cure!)

happy birthday to the coolest diabetic i know.

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I just wanted to take a moment to say happy 22nd birthday to one of the most important people in my life, my little sister. She is the only one who really gets me… as she is also a type 1 diabetic.
lindley oldShe also really likes goats and jeans.
(Please don’t hit me for using this picture. I can’t stop laughing.)

I’m not saying this just to kiss her ass on her birthday – but she is often times the reason I can make it through a tough diabetes day without breaking down. She listens, she cares and she gets it. She’s smart, funny and beautiful – inside and out. She manages her diabetes with finesse, even when the going gets tough. She’s my confidant and is my oldest best friend. We can cry, complain and laugh together, and I always know she’ll be there when I need her – diabetes related or not (fashion, especially). She’s an inspiration to me and so many others.

I’ve said it before, that I’m thankful to have someone so close who can relate to a disease that is so hard to grasp, although if I could take it away from her I would in a minute. Happy birthday to the coolest diabetic I know. Love you, dumb little : )
sls birthday

orange friday.

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I’m getting so excited for the DiabetesSisters conference coming up in Raleigh, NC in May, so instead of blue friday, I bring you orange friday! Brandy Barnes and DiabetesSisters are working hard to make orange the official color of women’s diabetes.

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No I’m not wearing orange, but my tulips are, and they are blooming, and my giraffe mirror is the best four dollars I’ve spent in a while.

It looks like there are still spots available for this years conference, so check out everything they have to offer at DiabetesSisters.org. This will be my third year attending, with my also T1 sister, and it’s seriously amazing. PLUS, Kerri Sparling of Six Until Me will be there, and if you are reading my blog, you’ve had to have read hers. I’m pretty damn excited. There is also a program specifically for partners of diabetic women. Really, just go check out their site. 🙂

(please excuse typos and format errors, posting via phone. And it sucks.)

wild hounds.

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I’m participating in WEGO Health’s National Health Blog Post Month (#NHBPM) during the month of November. I’ll be writing 30 posts in 30 days based on the prompts they supply. Learn more here. Wish me luck!

Today’s prompt: “Use a picture or video to inspire a post…”

I had a really fun dinner d-meetup tonight and I’m excited for the weekend, so life is good. Instead of inspiring an actual post, i’ll inspire a smile. Good for your health, right? These are my wild hounds.

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