Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Farewell for Now! My Last DiabetesSisters Blog

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

It has been both an honor and a challenge to share my thoughts as an individual living with diabetes. Little did I realize when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 16 years ago that my life experience would be altered in unexpected ways. The greatest surprise has been the opportunity to be part of the dynamic community of Diabetes Sisters. I began from a point of isolation (those who are newly diagnosed understand) and recognized pretty quickly that I needed alot more support in order to manage.

School's out!

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I am a first grade teacher in a small rural school district. I love what I do, my coworkers, and my students. However I miss my own kids during the day (even though they're at school, too). I'll also admit it's difficult for me to manage my diabetes during the school year.

"We will not let you fall down the Mountain"

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At our last Diabetes Sisters meeting on May 10th in Princeton, NJ, we played the "Common Tests and Procedures Game."  It always amazes me how complicated diabetes management can be and as we compared our knowledge about tests for A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, dental, eye, foot and kidney function I observed the mood in the room.  Some of our group members looked visibly upset and it opened up a  discussion of being overwhelmed by the tasks of managing our health.

Exercise and Type 2

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As a person with Type 2 diabetes that is currently diet and exercise controlled, that entails watching what I eat and actually exercising. However, what happens when foot pain gets in the way of walking, let alone exercising?

PODS Meetups: The Importance Of Social Influence on Health

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I was reading the Wall Street Journal and discovered the following report published on 2/26/17, "When Patients Share Stories, Health Insights Emerge."  What researcher's found was that "people are willing to discuss things very frankly when they are in a roomful of people who share their experiences" and " the goal is to understand the unspoken challenges that effect a patient's ability to get and stay healthy."

February, Month of the Heart

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It's not surprise that February, which hosts Valentine's Day, is also Heart Disease Awareness Month. As a Type 2 diabetic who has a father with congestive heart failure (CHF) and a maternal grandfather who had heart issues, including heart attacks, I am well aware of the need to keep tabs on my heart. Thankfully I seem to be healthy there, though I won't let my guard down. Instead of my heart muscle, I've been thinking more of the emotional side of my heart lately. The emotional side of living with chronic illness.

Happy Valentine's Day- The Gift of a Healthy Heart

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 The connection between our heads and hearts has always been the subject of poetry, philosophy and inspirational thinking. Here are the Dalai Lama's thoughts on the subject, "This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."

In living with Type 2 Diabetes we need to pursue self compassion, from the heart, and knowledge, from the head to guide our self management. 

What is your health mantra for the New Year?

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Recently, I heard this quote, "I want to change but not if it means changing", and it got me to thinking. Why is it so hard to change our habits?  Perhaps we develop comfort in what is familiar and don't want to give things up even if it means improvement.  Maybe our ideas about change are unrealistic- we want to transform ourselves into something we can never be.