We Can Do This video series

  • “We Can Do This”, Vol. 6: Diabetes and Mental Health

    The constant and unrelenting nature of diabetes management can affect one’s mental health in a number of ways, and even though we know the statistics (studies show that for people living with diabetes – type 1 or type 2 – the risk of depression doubles and the occurrence of anxiety disorders increases as well), the topic isn’t always a comfortable one to talk about. Sometimes we feel stigmatized, or wonder if any of our efforts at self-care are worth the trouble.

    Today we’re publishing volume 6 of the “We Can Do This” video series which features five people with diabetes (one is also a health psychologist) sharing their personal stories of living with diabetes and managing their mental health. May is Mental Health Month, and our hope is that this discussion helps you feel less alone when it comes to balancing diabetes management and the cognitive burden that can come along with it. If you feel that  professional help would be beneficial but aren’t sure where to start, an endocrinologist or healthcare provider can refer you to a psychologist that specializes in health.

    Meet Mark, Gabriella, Bob, Jacquie, and Martin:

     

     

    We are also proud to be sharing, in the coming days, some personal accounts of how diabetes impacts mental health through guest posts. If you’d like to submit a post that shares your own story of how living with diabetes affects your mental health, please let us know. Your story could be the one that makes all the difference to someone else who is feeling alone.

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  • “We Can Do This”, Vol. 5: Diabetes and Celiac Disease

    May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month, and with that in mind we’d like to introduce you to a few people who live with it.

    This is the fourth video in a series we call “We Can Do This“, where groups of people with diabetes come together around a common topic and share their own stories, lessons learned, and advice for others who may be in a similar situation.

    There seems to be a link between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease: while approximately only 1% of the general population has celiac disease, about 10% of people with T1D also have celiac.

    For those unfamiliar, celiac disease is “an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food” (source) and is triggered by the consumption of gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Symptoms can include abdominal bloating and pain, weight loss, vomiting, chronic diarrhea, and constipation (source), but some people experience no symptoms, which makes it difficult to diagnose. Estimates are that as many as 83% of people who have celiac are undiagnosed (source).

    This adds an additional layer of requirements, restrictions, and worries for people living with both diseases. We’d like you to meet Andrea, Jewels, Wendy and Addy, Brianna, and Dana and hope that if you’re also living with T1D and celiac, you’ll find some comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

    Find out more about celiac disease from the Celiac Disease Foundation and Celiac Central, and about the link between diabetes and celiac from the Celiac Support Association.

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  • “We Can Do This”, Vol. 4: Encouraging Independence

    This is the fourth video in a series we call “We Can Do This“, where groups of people with diabetes (or in this case, their parents) come together around a common topic and share their own stories, lessons learned, and advice for others who may be in a similar situation.

    Independence in any aspect of a teen’s life can be a double-edged sword for parents – while parents want their children to be capable, that same capability is the gateway to their separation and evolution into adulthood. Independence can be a scary concept as it means children are ready to try their wings. Flying on their own means that sometimes they will fall and make mistakes, but most importantly it means that they are growing up.

    Throwing the demands of diabetes in the mix makes everything trickier. Diabetes requires a lot of attention and care – something all teens aren’t necessarily known for. We’ve rounded up a group of parents who are in the throes of watching their children take responsibility for their own diabetes care and asked them to share their diagnosis stories, what works in their own families when it comes to encouraging independence, and what they’d suggest for others.

    We hope their reflections and advice will encourage you as you embark on your own journey of letting go. If they can do this, you can do this too.

     

    - text by Meri and Kim

    For other You Can Do This videos from parents, click here.

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  • “We Can Do This”, Vol. 3: Young, Active, and Living With T2D

    This is the third episode of “We Can Do This” – a series of group videos where people with diabetes come together around a common topic and share their diagnosis stories, lessons learned, and advice for others. Launched in 2012, the first video showcased five people who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as adults, while the second featured three people who live with diabetes-related anxiety.

    Something that many people living with diabetes (of any type) face is the persistence of stereotypes and stigmas. You may have faced some of these inaccurate, and sometimes offensive, comments yourself – that people with diabetes “can’t eat candy”; that all you have to do is just take your medication and it all just works out; that type 1 only happens to kids (and they somehow magically will outgrow it); that type 2 diabetes is somehow “earned” due to obesity or laziness.

    The truth is that type 2 diabetes exists on a large spectrum, and there is still much to learn about why and how it occurs, and in whom. Not every person diagnosed with type 2 diabetes fits the stereotypes, and we’d like to introduce you to a few: Phyllisa, Rachel, Joe, and Sue.

    Find more videos from people living with type 2 diabetes by clicking here.

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  • “We Can Do This”, Vol. 2: Diabetes and Anxiety

    (For those who live with anxiety, even talking or reading about anxiety can be a trigger, so please proceed with caution before watching the video below.)

     

     

    You may remember the “We Can Do This” video from this past April, in which five people who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as adults shared their diagnosis stories, lessons learned and advice for others who may be going through the same thing.

    Keeping in line with that format, Vol. 2 gives a glimpse into the life of people who live with both anxiety and diabetes (or care for someone with diabetes). People already living with diabetes are about 20 percent more likely than those without diabetes to have an anxiety condition at some point in their lifetime, and it’s a topic that many are uncomfortable talking about.

    And because the You Can Do This Project centers around the idea of opening up about the tough stuff – that’s exactly what Kate, Alexis, and Hallie did.

    To connect with others with diabetes and anxiety, check out the new community “Anxious You Anxious Me” on Facebook and Twitter. You may also email Alexis directly at Anxietyyouanxietyme@gmail.com.

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  • “We Can Do This”, Vol. 1: Diagnosed with T1D as an Adult

    Introducing “We Can Do This” – a series of group videos where people with diabetes come together around a common topic and share their diagnosis stories, lessons learned and advice for others.

    This series kicks off with Volume 1: Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as an Adult. Meet Dayle, Brian, Sara, Debra and Chris. They’ll tell you about experiences like being misdiagnosed with type 2, what was hard about adjusting to their “new life”, how diabetes and sex co-exist, and what advice they have for others diagnosed with T1 later in life.

    If they can do this, you can do this too.

    Have an idea for a topic you’d like to see one of these videos made about? Know someone (like you, maybe?) that would be willing to participate in one? Email me.

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