Depression

  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

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  • Blog: Hannah

    Contributor: Hannah; www.dorkabetic.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Blog post: http://www.dorkabetic.com/2011/06/if-i-can-do-this-you-can-do-this.html

    “Every day, in some small way, I struggle with diabetes.  I can always see a brighter side, but this doesn’t mean I don’t stop at least once a month to curl up in a ball and cry.

    You’re not alone, my friends.  Not in the least.  That’s right, this sunny, sweet blogger lives with depression.  Just today I went to my psychiatrist’s office for a quick visit to assess how well my Wellbutrin is working.  I went back on it several months ago, and I feel more even-keeled.  I have fewer mood swings.  I definitely spend less time weeping and feeling helpless.

     You can do this.  I repeat the mantra because I’m really thinking, ‘I can do this.’  I’m so much better off now that I’ve been on medication.  Brain chemicals are coming back into balance. Habits…well…they say habits take time to make and even more time to break.  I hope the rest of your awesome videos will push me in the right direction.”

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  • Video: Anna

    Contributor: Anna; @FatCatAnna

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “The thing with diabetes is that we are alive. [...] We can live with diabetes. Yes, we will have good and bad days, but I think it makes us tougher. Even with the depression I’ve been going through, I’m alive.”

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  • Video: Scott

    Contributor: Scott Strange; www.strangelydiabetic.com

    Connection: Person with type 1 diabetes

    Standout Quote: “I have a story to share – so do you. You won’t find a better audience anywhere, and I guarantee that someone will be impacted by it in a very meaningful way.”

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