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Wonderful October PODS Meeting in Princeton NJ area

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We had a wonderful October PODS meeting in the Princeton, NJ area and wanted to share it with all of you. We were using the DS manual and kept the discussion related to "Our Greatest  Challenges in Coping with Diabetes", the October topic. What was so wonderful was the openness and humor we shared. At one point a passerby( we meet in a room in a local public library) opened the door to see why we were laughing so much.

So here are some of the stories:

Doctor's Visits- "Fear and Trembling"

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Ok I know I am being overly dramatic but...I do not like going to MD appointments and I have put this one off for a few months. I guess I have "white coat syndrome". This actually is a condition of extreme panic  some patients have when they go to a doctors office. So is it the white coat that sends me into a panic or what the white coat is going to tell me:

"You have put on weight!"

"Why didn't you come in sooner?"

"You have to have this test and see that specialist and follow up with this one and that one!"

Type 2 Diabetes and Overeating

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When did it all begin the cycle of overeating and dieting? I was always a "big person", taller in height and larger in body size for my peer group and my generation. So in order to be smaller I actually got bigger because dieting was depriving and then I had to fill myself up to make up for the depravation (translation: overeat). Hence the birth of a terrible cycle of self denial with the illusion I was "in control" and then to my horror I was "out of control" eating everything  I could and completely losing track of reading my hunger cues and balanced routines about eating.

Keeping Positive

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As I look around me everyone seems to be challenged by the worries that shadow all our lives. It could be illness, difficulty with work, problems with people we love or just the sad situation of seemingly endless human conflict in the global community.

Everyone has to cope with these stressors and if you have a chronic condition that requires daily management, you could feel like there is a time bomb ticking with your health that is eventually going to go off.

We can't effect so many things in our lives but we can work on our thoughts and then our behavior.

Just Moving More is Exercise

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I know that exercise is critical for managing Diabetes and our overall health, but sadly I have resistance to the idea of exercise. In the Princeton PODS meeting we talked about "movement" and I really liked that idea. I can move more and it will have positive effects and I can incorporate into my day. Because I am in a beautiful environment( trees, pastures, lakes) I feel motivated to be outside and that helps. One device that I find helpful is a pedometer. It gives me an easy way to measure my movements. I wanted to ask you about how you put movement into your lives.

The Summer as a Time of Renewal

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Hello from Berkshire County Massachusetts!

I am in one of my favorite places in the world. The physical beauty of mountains,lakes and farms helps me feel less stressed. When I am less stressed I can turn my energy towards myself in a positive way. Also, I can swim and walk more easily because of the beautiful surroundings. Today I went swimming in a lake surrounded by trees and the open sky. When I am more in tune with myself I can slow down and feel well being.  I can stop worrying about my body and love it!  Being active by being outdoors is a wonderful gift I have this summer.

An Introduction/An Opportunity

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My name is Robin and I am a 61 year old woman who has been living with Type 2 Diabetes for approximately 15 years. I have other chronic health conditions, so my task has been managing multiple health issues including depression. It had been a very lonely journey as my doctors were the only others I could discuss my concerns with and otherwise I kept it all to my self.  My family and friends have always been concerned but their understanding is not enough when you need support and constant education on how to optimally manage your health.

Stuff and Stress

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Let's talk moving. Let's talk my parents gone. Let's talk 85 years of life accumulation... Let's talk  two boys, now 21 and 19 years old. Let's talk stuff. Yep, we are talking about stuff. Stuff. that when it comes right down to looking at it all, means nothing.