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Real Self Care for Type 2 Diabetes

Sep 03, 2019

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Self Care as “The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.”

We talk a lot about “Self Care” these days. A Google search of the phrase “Self Care” brings up more than 65 million results. I perused the first few pages of results and found that, while the dictionary definition of self care is related to managing one’s own health, most of the articles give just a cursory mention to maintaining physical health and instead focus on mental health and things to do to make yourself happy and relaxed in the moment.

I don’t want to make an argument that mental health isn’t important and that many of the suggestions, such as meditating, spending time with friends, and enjoying the company of pets aren’t an important part of health. But I DO think that the focus on the pampering aspects of self-care can get in the way of doing what we need to do to REALLY take...

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Road Tripping with Type 2 Diabetes

Aug 13, 2019

I LOVE a good road trip! I can get in the car and drive for hours. I particularly like taking side roads and seeing crazy things that are off the beaten path. Some of my favorites have been the Spam Museum and the Jolly Green Giant (both in Minnesota), the prairie dog colonies in the Badlands of South Dakota, and the World’s Largest Rocking Chair (on Route 66 in Missouri--Though I just Googled and learned that it's been outpaced by a BIGGER one in Illinois. Time to get back on the road again!). As you can probably tell, I’m usually just as excited about the journey as I am about the destination!

Road-tripping with Diabetes requires a bit more preparation than just hopping in the car and driving. But with the proper planning, Diabetes doesn’t have to get in the way of the adventure!

Here are a few things to think about when prepping for a road trip when you have Diabetes

Check your blood sugar before you drive! This is particularly important for people who take...

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Talking about Your Type 2 Diabetes Part 2

Aug 06, 2019

In Part 1 of this 2-part series about talking to your friends and family about your Type 2 Diabetes, I wrote about who to talk to, why to talk to them, and what they need to know about Type 2 Diabetes to really support you. 

I think some of the things people need to know about Diabetes are pretty heavy and I hope you spent a bit of time wrapping your mind around them and owning them. This isn’t the easy, breezy disease that we sometimes gloss over in our minds. Give yourself credit for taking charge of your health and facing your Diabetes head on!

 Let’s get back to the things you need to talk to your important people about. These tips are practical things you can tell your family and friends as they look for ways to support you. I’ve written these from a first-person perspective because it’s so personal. These are the things that I need and I’m guessing you do too. Of course, feel free to personalize these items for your situation.

People who...

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Talking about Your Type 2 Diabetes Part 1

Jul 30, 2019

Telling people about your Type 2 Diabetes is something that many people find difficult. One more thing in the middle of trying to figure out how to live with this diagnosis!

Even though it’s difficult, telling those closest to you about your diagnosis is important. Why?

  • They’re going to find out anyway. If you’re managing your diabetes with medication or lifestyle changes, chances are that your close family and friends are going to notice the changes.
  • If you talk to them, YOU get to set the expectations. People who love you are going to try and help you, even if you don’t want it. By talking to them first, you have a chance to tell them what’s helpful and what’s not.
  • Your friends and family care about you and want to help. Talking about it allows you to acknowledge that and set some boundaries and expectations around how you want to manage your disease.

So, who should you talk to? Your health is personal and you get to decide who you want to...

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