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Gaining Independence through Education and Advocacy

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One of the best lessons I’ve learned is this: doctors don’t know everything. They make mistakes. They miss certain signs and symptoms. An example of this is the number of misdiagnoses in the diabetes world. But as diabetics, particularly Type 1s, most of us were diagnosed at a young age, and were told to listen intently to every word our doctors said. We are taught from diagnosis to follow our doctors’ directions perfectly. But as every diabetic comes to know, over time, that becomes impossible. There comes a point when you have to learn how to be independent in managing your health.

Interdependence

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Oh, independence – it’s a double edged-sword. I thought for a while that I wanted to do diabetes on my own. I quickly discovered that isolating yourself makes managing everything – diet, blood sugar, exercise, and every other detail – so much harder. Interdependence is the way to go.

 

Doing the Best You Can

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You would think that hearing “Happy Holidays!” would bring nothing but joy and excitement around this time of year, but living with type 1 diabetes during the holidays also brings some feelings of anxiety for me. With the holiday season comes family gatherings, gift giving, decorating the house, fun traditions, and lots and lots of yummy food. Though these things bring lots of positivity, they can also be a bit stressful, and as mentioned in a prior blog, stress is not exactly diabetes’ best friend.

Thriving with Type 1

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Five years ago, I didn't actually think I would be thriving with diabetes. Maybe right when I was diagnosed - but only because I saw people like Halle Berry and Nick Jonas and thought “if these celebrities can manage it, I can definitely do it”. But at that point I didn’t really know what "it" was. I didn’t know what type 1 diabetes really consisted of on a day-to-day basis. I didn’t know about everything that came with that tiny, yet loaded sentence: “You have diabetes."

Finding Your Breath

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Personally I feel that stress is one of the most important topics to touch on in regards to diabetes and good blood sugar control. Regardless of your major, minor, extracurriculars, or campus living situation, being a student is quite stressful.

Ready for Fall!

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Fall is almost here!!! As sad as it is to wave good-bye to summer, a new season is an opportunity for new goals, re-capping your summer, and refreshing yourself on how you can live your best life with diabetes.

Diabetes can be a fun fact too!

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When I used to hear the term "self-care" I would think brushing my teeth, showering, not eating too much junk food, and maybe doing yoga every now and then. Since being diagnosed with Type 1 self-care has taken on a whole new meaning, a much greater meaning. Living with diabetes presents daily challenges, so it is extremely important to provide ourselves with the care that we really need.

Establishing Interdependence

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Interdependence is defined as the quality of being mutually reliant on each other. I find this idea to actually be very difficult and thought-provoking. As a type 1 diabetic, who or what am I relying on? And who or what is also relying on me? I think that I have struggled with interdependence in college a bit because I have found myself relying on my body too much and not relying enough on others. Though I have been type 1 for five years already, I still subconsciously (or sometimes consciously) wish that my pancreas was up and running like those without diabetes.