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My Best Diabetes Metaphor Yet

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Hello all!

For my final blog post, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about overall health and solid diabetes management through the use of my favorite diabetes metaphor. As I see it, long term diabetes management is a 3 legged stool. We have three goals (or legs) that we need to keep in mind as we go about crushing it at life with diabetes.

The first goal is good physical health. This means blood sugars that are well controlled and a lifestyle that includes good food and regular exercise. Most of us are pretty well-acquainted with this one so I’ll keep going.

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single...Frito

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Oh boy, do I wish! (I'm pretty sure I'd be there by now!) Exercise can be a huge pain in the tush, especially when a person has diabetes on board. The extra steps involved in getting ready for exercise kept me out of the gym for an extended period of time, especially the part where I’d get low after working out and then have to drink a bunch of juice, effectively cancelling the calories I’d burned.

Stress, Sweet Pickles, and How YOU Stay Resilient

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Fun fact: many psychologists believe that survival is the reason humans tend to focus on the negative. Why? Because being vigilant and noticing the stuff that’s wrong kept us alive back in the day. The person who dropped her berry basket and ran for the hills because she assumed that rustle in the bush was a bear probably outlived the person who ignored said rustling, closed her eyes and immersed herself in the beauty of the moment.

Diabetes, Third Wheels and the Importance of a Curiosity Hat

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As a therapist, one of the biggest reservations I hear from PWD (People With Diabetes) around telling their partner what it’s really like to live with a chronic medical condition is, “I don’t want to burden my loved one with my disease.” To be fair, diabetes can totally feel like a third wheel. But what lands people in my office more often than anything for couples’ counseling is the partner’s concern for the PWD’s emotional health.

Cookies Made With Love Are Better

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Let’s pretend that you just checked your blood sugar and “264” showed up. What is your immediate thought? To get the full effect of this post, please take a few moments and write down some of the thoughts that run through your head.

I’ve done this exercise with numerous folks with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), and I often hear things like, “I can’t believe I ate that third cookie! I have no self-control!” or “How can I still be so bad at this? I’m such a failure!” (and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t had those same thoughts myself).

I hate rollercoasters

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I could never be one of those people!

You know, the ones who leap out of airplanes and climb sheer cliffs. Don’t get me wrong something in me would like to be like that, but I don’t think it’s in my DNA. My first roller coaster ride was a horror show and I swore ‘never again’. I’ve never considered myself a risk taker until I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Love is who we are

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It’s not easy living with diabetes, sometimes I feel like I am pushing a wheelbarrow laden with rocks uphill. Just when I think I’ve reached the top, the rocks tumble out. It’s on those days that it’s challenging not to lose heart. I sometimes wonder if having LADA (Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) makes it doubly difficult. I can still remember the heyday of croissants, skipping meals just because… and sleeping like a baby through the night. The shock and the grief are overwhelming sometimes but I consider myself lucky. As much as I get frustrated and want to give up, that much I also want to live as joyfully as I can. When I wake up I’m happy and hopeful. That’s been me for most of my life.