As a child, when I was done playing I'd ask my mom if I could go home. If I was playing at the park and no longer having fun, we'd just go home. There are times I'd like to quit this game of diabetes and go back "home". Of if it only was that simple!
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."
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.
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.
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.
It's January again. Time for resolutions to be made (and broken), gym membership promotions, nutrition ads, and the catch phrase "New Year, New You". What do they mean by New Year, New You? Are they telling me that the old me should be left behind with the old year? Am I not good enough for this new year? Am I to be traded in for this year's model?
Last night at the PODS meetup in Princeton, New Jersey, the subject of discussion was "How to Thrive and not feel Deprived during the Holiday Season". As we all well know, the combination of the onset of winter and seasonal holiday gatherings can be a formidible challenge when trying to keep on top of our health. Members of our group expressed anger at the restrictions they face when surrounded by food that is special and particularly appealing. Also, friends and family may be well meaning but it is up to us decide what is best for ourselves.
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