Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

New Year, New Opportunities

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As trite as it may seem, New Years really is a great time to reflect on the previous year. As we begin to set intentions for the twelve months to come, we can think back on how much we’ve changed and about the growth that’s yet to come. It’s the time of year when the holidays finally end and life begins to settle back into the familiar routines we’re used to.

Navigating the Holidays with T1D

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Now that the holidays are almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to untangle yourself from the tinsel and reflect on your plan for diabetes management during these fun, festive and occasionally stressful times.

My vision is to rest, relax, enjoy family and friends, and eat sensibly. My glucose will likely be within target range at any given time. OK, ok, now that I’ve stopped laughing…let’s talk about the reality of the holidays for those of us with Type 1 Diabetes!

Navigating holiday food markets with diabetes

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The Christmas holiday season is finally here! This is probably my favorite time of year. An excuse to eat, drink and be merry. But with access to so much more wonderful foods in the form of Christmas parties, Christmas dinners, Christmas markets, how do we manage all these new carbohydrates with diabetes!? I always say practice makes perfect.

Thriving with Diabetes

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Thriving with diabetes? There was a time when I thought that was an oxymoron. I know better now!

Diabetes is a 24/7 challenge. Often a nuisance, sometimes scary, and always a force to be reckoned, the diagnosis can be overwhelming and the learning curve steep. That being said, today's medical advances and technology, as well as the many resources for healthy living with diabetes, enable us to maneuver the diabetes high wire with skill and grace. The other factor is you. Yes, YOU! Your attitude, outlook, and motivation are key parts of the equation.

Making hopes and dreams come true

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Most days it can feel like diabetes is holding us back. We can feel exhausted, frustrated at the numbers that appear on our blood glucose monitors, and angry at the dilemma that is diabetes. I used to be the type of person that hid my diabetes. I never wanted to talk about it, let alone meet and talk to others who had it too. I figured that if I just kept quiet and got on with things, it wouldn’t bother me so much. It wasn’t until the day I decided to embrace my diabetes that things changed.

A Little Planning Goes A Long Way

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Living with a chronic disease can be challenging on many different levels. Life can be stressful enough under the best of circumstances, am I right? Most of the time, I am a bit of a control freak. A prepper. A list maker and plan-aheader. This helps keep me on a fairly routine schedule and avoid potential diabetes-related issues. Since my diagnosis, the potential to “lose control” is one of my biggest stressors. I don’t want to appear “vulnerable” or make anyone uncomfortable. I’m also a caregiver and pride myself on being able to assist others in need.

Diabetes and emotional wellness: The balancing act

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I would describe myself as a stressful person. My brain is always overworking and even when I think I am relaxing, I am actually silently stressing. The problem with being a stressful person is that it affects my diabetes. I remember my doctor telling me when I was first diagnosed that “you’ll need to keep your stress levels down.” I was 16 and trust me, my stress levels were only going to rise as I got older.

Type 1 Diabetes: Times are Changing!

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I had a difficult time coming up with a diabetes-related topic that might be uplifting for this month’s blog post. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep a positive outlook when you’re dealing with the 24/7 of Type 1 Diabetes. We’ve heard for many years that a cure for T1D is coming soon…it’s just around the corner…in the next few years…scientists are on the cusp…and so on; yet the hope for a cure, or even prevention of this disease, at times feels like an empty promise.

The Beginners Guide to Traveling with Diabetes

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I began traveling "officially" when I was eighteen years old. Before that, I had been on family holidays, but my first real trip with diabetes on my own was a city break to Paris and despite constant worries from my mum and dad about letting me go and how I would manage my diabetes whilst away, I went and I had a successful trip, so successful that I've been travelling ever since. So far I've ticked lots of countries off my list including, Brazil, Bangladesh, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Thailand, Germany, Italy, Cambodia and much more.

ABUNDANCE OF HEART: Harvesting Self-Care

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A healthier body leads to a happier mind and life. Self-care encompasses many things and with the competing activities of life, it is easy to be bogged down in daily minutia and abandon our needs and desires, which leads to starvation of spirit. When you think about a healthy body, nutrition and physical activity often follow suit and, while they are two critical components that lead to better overall health, I’m going to address some spiritual and emotional aspects of harvesting self-care.