Emotional Understanding for an Intense Balancing Act There is no other disease that requires such an intense amount of self maintenance. We are given a great deal of information and then told to go home and manage this ourselves. This disease also takes a great emotional toll....Read More
You are not alone!
I offer emotional support and practical help in living a life with Diabetes. We have doctors, websites, nutritionists, books, and a slew of information at our fingertips. What do you do if you have all the information in the world, but no idea where to start? What if you’re overwhelmed with a new diagnosis or complication, you’re the parent of a diabetic child, or you’ve been at this so long that you’re burned-out? What if you just feel alone in a pile of pills, test strips and data and would love to talk to someone who understands?
That’s why I’m here. Supporting you is what I do.Read More
Let’s face it – there’s a crunch when it comes to being able to ask questions, perform exams and still have a connection with your patients. When a patient comes in with an elevated A1C, has just changed insurance and reports that test strip prices have doubled, and they’re in the middle of a divorce, what options do you have to help? What do you do in the limited about of time available?
My job is to offer psychosocial support to assist you and your team in evoking 100% Shame and Blame-free *effective* behavioral change in your patients.Read More
There is no other disease that requires such an intense amount of self maintenance. We are given a great deal of information and then told to go home and manage this ourselves.
This disease also takes a great emotional toll. As important as blood sugar management is, if we don’t acknowledge our anger at being handed something we didn’t ask for, our dread as our numbers creep up, and our sorrow for the loss of the life we thought we were to live, all the technology in the world won’t help us.
I am very honored to have been interviewed by the *fabulous* and *gracious* Ginger Vieira on her podcast at DiabetesDaily ! Ginger is a fellow Diabetes Coach who lives awesomely with Type 1 and Celiac. She has written at two books – one titled “Your Diabetes Science Experiment” and the second is called “Emotional Eating with Diabetes“. Her third book will be published in 2014 on “Emotional Burnout”, and she was nice enough to use some of my thoughts about that topic in her book. She holds numerous weightlifting records (a personal goal of mine – well, weight lifting, not records), is a huge asset to the Diabetes community, and is one of the most caring and gentle people you ever wanted to meet. She lives in Vermont with a great guy and three adorably brilliant dogs.
Ginger and I talk about diabetes and our personal hot buttons, dogs, the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), and a slew of other fun topics! Oh, and she also explores what I offer as a Positive Psychology and Diabetes Coach, and what I talk about with people in coaching meetings.Read More
I am beyond excited. See that orange bag on the left? That is the bag of goodies from Diabetes Sisters that I picked up today. I went the the Quarterly PODS Meeting in Raleigh, NC and got to meet 20 other women with diabetes.
I also got to meet Brandy Barnes, Founder and CEO; Anna Norton, Operations Manager; and Ellica Church, Development and Marketing Manager. It was great to hear other pumps beeping and seeing others whip out meters or syringes. I got to talk to some very well educated Type 2 ladies who told me all about the Stress Reduction Study they were in together, which I thought was great. I will have to check out Chapel Hill’s study program soon! The talk was given by Dr Allen Ashforth from Ashforth Chiropractic Family Care. His subject was one that I work with as well – self talk regarding what is possible with our diabetes care. Dr Ashforth brought up that if we believe we can’t, we’re right, and I totally agree. He pointed out that just changing behavior rarely gets the desired change: it’s challenging the beliefs which drive behavior that really kicks off progress. It gave me an opportunity to talk about Diabetes Coaching to the group, and I’m looking forward to following up with everyone.
I plan on making as many of these meetings as I can! Luckily, Diabetes Sisters is coming to Virginia! Myself and Lauren, who just moved here from Tennessee, will be co-organizers of the Richmond / Charlottesville Diabetes Sisters PODS meetings. Our first meeting will be in the end of October. Please register on Meetup.com in order to be notified when we have a firm location. We will be also having them in Charlottesville, Virginia as soon as we find a location.
I am hoping to hand out Diabetes Sisters flyers at the JDRF Picnic tomorrow. BTW, HUGE thank you to Type 1 Design. I emailed them Wednesday, a day after placing an order with them when I found out about the picnic. I asked them if there was any way they could ship my order faster so that I could wear it on Sunday. They came through! Here’s what I’ll be sporting in white and just click here to order one of your very own! All proceeds go to Find A Cure.Read More