Today's task was to discuss what brings us down and how do we cope with those feelings.
Some diabetes downers are:
Getting ready to for your doctor appointment because I feel I always have to go in with a solid reason for why it isn't perfect.
- Lisa D.
When no matter what you do some days your blood sugars just won't do what you want them to!
- Donna F.
The headache of dealing with insurance and helping them try to understand that a CGM is not a luxury item to a hypo-unaware t1d, nor is an insulin pump a luxury. There is nothing luxurious about this autoimmune caused disease.
- Kelly E.
As for coping?
Humor -- lots of humor. Thank goodness for memes like the ones ProjectBlueNovember and Type 1 Diabetes Memes share regularly!
Virtual support aka The DOC (Diabetes Online Community)--blogs, Facebook groups, Twitter, Instagram---the digital world is full of support for those with T1 and their caregivers!
Real life meet ups--like Friends for Life, D Camps, and local support groups.
Tomorrow's topic is "More than Diabetes": "Lets wrap up the week by sharing a little more about ourselves, beyond the chronic illness we or our loved ones live with. Share an interest, hobby, passion, something that is YOU. If you want to explore how it relates to or helps with diabetes you can. Or let it be a part of you that is completely separate from diabetes, because there is more to life than just diabetes!"