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Obesity- Taking Back Ourselves

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As I continue my lifelong struggle as as obese person, I now have the benefit of a retospective view. I have thought so often about the WHY: growing up in the height of the diet culture and developing a chronic sense of body dissatisfaction, a genetic predisposition with a long family history of overweight and Type 2 diabetes. I can list them all.

There are so many myths about body weight and size and so much shame, guilt, frustration and self loathing.

New Year Priorities

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2018 is the year I stop making New Year's resolutions. 

What are resolutions anyway? Basically, you promise to deny yourself something you love or to start doing something you hate. You can stick with it for a short period of time, but then you have a stressful day and all bets are off. Next comes the guilt.

Why put yourself through that?

Conversations about Obesity

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At the last Diabetes Sisters Weekend for Women Conference in October 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, I was a presenter on the subject of eating disorders- my specific topic was compulsive eating and Type 2 diabetes.  I was very happy to add my personal story to the many stories about coping with chronic illnesses. It is a bit exhilarating to speak your story aloud and to hope that your individual pain and recovery touches another person listening.

Real People Sick

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Many people with chronic illnesses don't see themselves as "sick." We see ourselves living with a condition that is a part of us. Being sick is seen as a temporary thing. As a result, sometimes when we have an illness beyond our chronic illness like a cold or a stomach bug, we might call it "real people sick." For the last several days, I have been real people sick.

Seasons of Change

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My drive to and from work takes me on the path of a rural highway with trees, corn, and beans leading the way. As we approach fall, I have noticed the leaves starting to change as farmers begin to harvest their crops. During my drive, I've had times to think of things changing in my own life. My children are growing up. My body is dealing with more aches and pains. My hair has a little more gray in it (though still not as much as my siblings - hehe). How does this relate to diabetes? 

Transitions

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Throughout our lives we go through many transitions. From infancy to toddlerhood. Then preschool age and school age. Adolescents and teenager. Young adult to independent adult. This transitions are exciting yet scary at times. With a diagnosis of diabetes there are many transiitons as we figure out medications, dietary changes, as well as lifestyle changes. As with other transitions, these aren't always easy.

Interdependence and Diabetes

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Codependency, as defined by my Google search this evening, is "excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically a partner who requires support due to an illness or addiction." However, when I think of interdependence, which is another type of dependency, I get a warm fuzzy feeling. Interdependency is two-sided. Two people depending on each other. Tonight my husband and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage. How does this relate to diabetes? Let me explain.