Perspectives

Perspectives

New Diagnoses, One Year Later

Perspectives

So it's been about a year- officially.  Truthfully this all started over 11 years ago with the arrival of my first period including hospital inducing pain. 

But 10 years later (about a year ago). 

I stared sleeping through alarms. I started needed 12 or more hours of sleep, but I struggled with insomnia. I was getting weaker and exhausted. I was hungry all of the time. My acne and hair growth got worse again. A blood sugar roller coaster- the likes of which I hadn't experienced since hormones first appeared- was impossible to get a handle on. My anxiety couldn't be tamed or helped with self-care or my meds. 

Stepping Back and Giving Myself Some Credit

Perspectives

I struggle with things outside of my control. I want to be able to control everything. I always wish that if I put my all into everything and follow directions, I will see my desired result.

That’s possible in a lot of avenues. Chronic illness? Not so much. You can do all of the “right” things with diabetes- one day you might get all the desired results you and your endocrinologist hope for. But… maybe the next day that isn’t so- even if you do EXACTLY the same thing. It’s frustrating. It can be really disheartening. It can put a damper on your motivation. And- it can just hurt (physically, emotionally, and mentally).

A Newbie's Experience - Las Vegas Unconference 2017

Perspectives

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend my very first Unconference in Las Vegas.  While I was still unsure of what to expect, I knew I would see some familiar faces:  Anna Norton, Christel Marchand Aprigliano,  Karen Graffeo, Christel Oereum and a few others from DiabetesSisters conferences I've previously attended.  I also invited my husband to come along with me, as I knew there was a track for people who love us (PLU).