Archive for the ‘Depression’ Category

Video: Joe Solowiejczyk

Contributor: Joe; Children With Diabetes

Connection: Adult with type 1 diabetes

Quote: “For me, the most difficult thing to come to terms with has been dealing with feelings of anger, rage, and frustration. I used to think that if I had those feelings, I was doing something wrong. It took me a long time and a lot of work to come to the realization and understanding that feelings are just a guide, and not a sign of whether I’m doing well or not.”

Video: Mike


Contributor: Mike; www.diabetesmine.com

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “It’s been tough sometimes – a lot times, especially as a teenager or in my early 20’s, that I just wanted to give up. I had a lot of burnout, and I wanted to be ‘normal’ – whatever that means – and I really wish I would have been able to find somebody to talk to, to realize that I was not alone. That there were other people out there going through the same things that I was going through and struggling with. I knew that there were others, but I could never really find them and I didn’t really want to talk about my diabetes.”

Video: Alexis

Contributor: Alexis; http://justicesmisbehavingpancreas.blogspot.com/

Connection: Parent of a child with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “Seeing him low or high just breaks my soul; my heart. But I’m at a point where I’m grateful: that I have insulin in the fridge, syringes, sites, cartridges, pump, a great endo, I have you guys… no, this isn’t the life that I would have chosen, but this is the hand we were dealt so I feel like I need to play it well.”

Video: Stacey

Contributor: Stacey; @PortblPancGrl

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “I lost my father almost 8 years ago to diabetes complications. To know that that was from the same disease that I have is quite scary. But, I try to not think about that too much. What I try to do is keep a positive outlook and take one day at a time. When things get tough, I definitely talk to somebody. I think that’s the best thing that you can do – do not keep your frustrations inside.”

Video: JDRF

Contributors: JDRF staff and volunteers with type 1 diabetes; www.jdrf.org

Standout Quotes: “When you are at wits’ end and need someone to vent to, just know that you have a whole online community of people going through the same kind of things that you are going through. They will be with you along the way, rooting for you, telling you that you can do this.”

Video: Sarah

Contributor: Sarah; @SugabeticMe

Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

Standout Quote: “One thing to remember about diabetes is that it can be stressful; it can be hard. Every day is a struggle. It is a battle to try and look normal, act normal, be like everybody else and still fall within the guidelines that are set for us to be so ‘perfect’, [by] the medical community. Looking back, I’m telling you – never let diabetes stop you from doing the things you want to do.”

Video: Rachel

Contributor: Rachel; www.talesofrachel.com

Connection: Person with type 2 diabetes

Standout Quote: “I was diagnosed six years ago, and while I have had stretches of excellent management – enough to think, “Hey, I have really beaten this diabetes thing to a pulp” – there have also been those stretches of questionable management where I feel beaten to a pulp by diabetes. Burnout is bound to happen when you live with a chronic condition long enough. A great life filled with awesomeness can still happen with the presence of type 2 diabetes, even if there are episodes of burnout.”