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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.

What a Ride!

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It's officially summer. Many people with children use this time for family vacations. There are also town festivals and county fairs. Many of those have rides. It always seems like the rollercoaster is the favorite. After getting off a rather exciting (or terrifying) coaster, you might hear someone exclaim, "What a ride!"

Farewell for Now! My Last DiabetesSisters Blog

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It has been both an honor and a challenge to share my thoughts as an individual living with diabetes. Little did I realize when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 16 years ago that my life experience would be altered in unexpected ways. The greatest surprise has been the opportunity to be part of the dynamic community of Diabetes Sisters. I began from a point of isolation (those who are newly diagnosed understand) and recognized pretty quickly that I needed alot more support in order to manage.

School's out!

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I am a first grade teacher in a small rural school district. I love what I do, my coworkers, and my students. However I miss my own kids during the day (even though they're at school, too). I'll also admit it's difficult for me to manage my diabetes during the school year.

"We will not let you fall down the Mountain"

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At our last Diabetes Sisters meeting on May 10th in Princeton, NJ, we played the "Common Tests and Procedures Game."  It always amazes me how complicated diabetes management can be and as we compared our knowledge about tests for A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, dental, eye, foot and kidney function I observed the mood in the room.  Some of our group members looked visibly upset and it opened up a  discussion of being overwhelmed by the tasks of managing our health.

Exercise and Type 2

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As a person with Type 2 diabetes that is currently diet and exercise controlled, that entails watching what I eat and actually exercising. However, what happens when foot pain gets in the way of walking, let alone exercising?