Even though May is ending, I hope the discussions that took place for Mental Health Month don’t stop as well. I had a chance to do a post for the You Can Do This Project, a non-profit grassroots video movement, created by and for people with diabetes, that provides validation, hope, and encouragement through honest talk. I love what they put on their “About” page:
Living with diabetes is hard, no matter what type or for how long you’ve had it. We often feel isolated or scared of what the future holds for us, and we become frustrated with all that is expected of us. Sometimes we deal with depression and anxiety; other times it is guilt and shame. We feel burned out. Sometimes we’re just plain tired of the all the hard work we have to put in to live another day.
Everyone with diabetes struggles at one time or another – and the term “struggle” can take on different meanings for different people. Validation and community have the ability to lighten the emotional load that diabetes can place on us.
That’s where this project comes in. Tell us your stories. Show others what living with diabetes is really like – no sugar-coating. Talk about the tough stuff. Show us how you’ve dealt with it. Let others see their own struggles and feelings through your words.
Show others that there can be light after the darkness; that they can get through the tough times.
Show them that they never have to be alone.
Speak to them the battle cry: “You can do this.”
Go here to read my guest post and check out the rest of their site.