Category: Stress Management for diabetes
I’m super disciplined when it comes to managing my diabetes.That is until about four in the afternoon, when all hell breaks loose. I can trace my troublesome behaviour back to my teenage years. I’d come home from school open the fridge and snack and snack….. and snack! Do I blame my bad habits as a teen for my LADA diabetes? Of course not, but … Read More For the Love of Habits
A Guest Blog from Therapist, Yogi and Type 1 Diabetic, Michelle Sorensen I recently attended a conference on mindfulness meditation and how to incorporate it into cognitive behavioural therapy. The room was full of mental health professionals like myself, looking to integrate these skills into their practice. Many openly spoke of their desire to learn the skills for personal use as well. One health psychologist … Read More Acceptance
It’s day 6 for Diabetes Blog Week and todays topic is to reflect on a previous blog and share something you feel proud of writing or expressing. For me it’s the following quote published recently on DOYOUYOGA.com People often ask me how do I face a disease which is incurable and full of restrictions. My answer is simple… I approach it like I approach … Read More This Too Shall Pass
Todays topic for Diabetes Blog Week is all about change. The biggest personal change I have made and one that I hope really comes to the forefront in the management and care of diabetes is the merging of functional medicine with conventional approaches. I know it’s happening on a small scale. But I would love it, if on diagnosis, conventional doctors encouraged their patients to look … Read More Change is Here to Stay
Todays topic for Diabetes Blog Week is all about getting the skeletons out of the closet. What can we let go of in order to fly? I’l never forget my first trip to Disney world. I couldn’t wait to see Mickey and Minnie and the enchanted castle. But my big 8 year old dream was to see the dolls dancing in costumes to the … Read More It’s a Wild Ride!
I’ve just signed up for Diabetes Blog Week with the intention to write for the next seven days to a specific topic. Todays topic is deeply personal… What are the things I wouldn’t share about myself with regards to my illness… As I discover more and more about the diabetes online community and all the support that’s out there I feel incredibly lucky. For … Read More On a personal note
I’m in Switzerland to teach Yoga at the moment. I’ve travelled for most of my life and have always enjoyed the different experiences that travel engenders. I even secretly enjoy the packing and unpacking. But since my diagnosis in 2008 travel has forced me to go way beyond my comfort zone. At first I had to watch my blood sugar like a hawk. It … Read More Do You Love a Challenge?
I’m proud of myself. I’ve managed to face one of my biggest fears this week. Being a total health freak I avoid anything to do with doctors, hospitals or medication. It’s one of the reasons I avoided insulin, but my ideals couldn’t prevent the inevitable. I’ve been struggling with a kidney stone for over a month and had to have it surgically removed. I … Read More Just Say YES
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I’m having one of those days again. I’m sure you can relate. My brilliant blood sugar management strategy has tanked with a million reasons why. Could be the almonds I ate a few days ago and sneaked in again today. Could be my period, that stubborn kidney stone that’s stuck and won’t come out. Could be the early mornings, the long walk I went … Read More When it all comes crashing down
How often do you find yourself toughing it out, thinking you can do this all on your own or feeling unsupported and misunderstood by family and friends. It’s been an absolute blessing for me to discover a huge community out there which thinks like I do. But I still find myself falling into despair at the smallest change in levels or when something else happens with my health. It reminds me that grief is not something I can ignore, even though I’ve come a long way in accepting this disease.
It’s Easter today and we just went through a huge storm. The roads were flooded and a local bridge nearly washed away. We drove past this morning to find huge logs and tree stumps wedged into its railings.
When I see Nature like that, at its wildest, it puts my need to control even the smallest detail of my life into perspective. Something my partner John often says is, “ We have no idea why we are here, or what creation is up to. What we do know is that we exist and to exist and be able to explore and enjoy creation is a huge blast. The biggest blast we’ll ever get! ”
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It’s so easy to forget the absolute miracle that we are when facing the daily onslaught of Diabetes. While most people are taking their bodies for granted we wage war. Well…let me speak for myself, at the worst of times I do.