DiabetesSisters is happy to be participating in the Seventh Annual Diabetes Blog Week! Today's prompt is: We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out of a diabetes funk? (If you are a caregiver to a person with diabetes, write about yourself or your loved one or both!)
Diabetes is as much a mental condition as it is a physical one. This sentiment is not news for members of the diabetes community, but it may be to those who do not see into the lives of people living with diabetes on a regular basis. One way that we have learned to deal with the non-physical components is through peer-support and connections. Sometimes what we cannot share with those who love us, we can share with others who share in our experience.
Women with diabetes face unique diabetes-related challenges that move beyond the physical realm as well. For example, pregnancy is complicated by diabetes and menstrual cycles can lead to fluctuations in blood glucose levels. These extra challenges make connecting with peers -those who understand- even more important. We celebrate our connections so we may live as full of lives as we can with diabetes.
Our loved ones support and encourage us to keep at it. They help us to see some good that diabetes can bring. DiabetesSisters' Director of Operations Sarah Mart's wife Anne shares, "Along with some unbelievable stories we can share at parties, diabetes presents us with all kinds of opportunities to work together." Our partners walk the diabetes journey with us. DiabetesSisters' CEO Anna's husband Mike shares, "A few years after we met, we decided to get married and had a long conversation about starting a family. Anna was determined to be a mother and together, we forged ahead." We are strongest when we seek and accept the love and support around us. Connections make all the difference when coping with the emotional and mental sides of diabetes.