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Like Putty in Your Hands
Sometimes I feel like it is groundhog day when I write a blog post here….you know, the same old same old. There are lots of wonderful bloggers in diabetes who share posts about things like the latest crisis within diabetes tech with the closing down of the Animas Pump production, or the latest on private…
Surfing the Diabetes Waves
Sometimes I think diabetes and all of its ups and downs, is a reflection of the ebbs and flows of life. Just like the way that your thoughts and feelings can come and go like the tides, and the ways that you can feel like you are floating sometimes, and other times, like you are…
When Your Body Lets You Down
Do you feel like your body has let you down sometimes? I know some people I have spoken with over the years felt that when they got diagnosed with diabetes, and some people continue to feel this at times as their health fluctuates. If you have been connected to me in some way over the…
On Trends, Arrows & Alarms
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with an idea, where all sorts of thoughts came together? It happens to me all the time with writing ideas, and last night it happened with my wake up alarm to check my BGL…something I have not had to do since starting with CGM. …
Wrap up of the ADS/ADEA 2017 Diabetes Scientific Conference
I have touched down back to reality after a whirlwind of 4 days in Perth, talking, learning, thinking and considering, the latest research in diabetes, and connecting with friends old and new. I hit the ground late Friday night with some issues with my diabetes after the security at Perth airport went over the top…
On Person Centred Diabetes Care & The Art of Collaboration
I have been attending the national Australian Diabetes Society and Australian Diabetes Educators (ADS/ADEA) scientific meeting this week in Perth. This is my 16th year working in diabetes, with only about 3 years during that time where I have not attended one of these annual meetings.  I will never forget the first time I went,…
Why You Should and Shouldn’t See a Number as a Number
What was your favourite subject at school? Mine were always the arts – English, Drama, Arts, Classics. In year 11 I was put into the Academic stream which meant English, Physics (AKA Maths), Chemistry and DOUBLE Maths….suffice to say it was a year of misery for me. When I got control of the reins in…
Embracing Your Diabetes Body
I was looking in the mirror this morning after my shower, at my battered stomach, crisscrossed with the years of my life, full of lines and bumps, pump site scars, bruises and looking like a robot with my insulin pump site and Dexcom G5 transmitter. Underneath this, are the 3 scars from my 3 c-sections,…
Falling In Love With Dexcom G5 CGM
If you caught my post about my first night with the Dexcom G5 CGM, you may be wondering how we went on our next couple of dates. I am now on day 5 and have that old feeling of falling in love, which I did not expect. You know that kind of love that catches…

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Welcome to Diabetes Can’t Stop Me – a blog, community and online counselling, all about creating a happy healthy life with diabetes so you can thrive. I am Helen Edwards, person with type 1 diabetes since 1979, writer and blogger, diabetes advocate, educator, counsellor and consultant; and PhD Candidate. I am also a wife, mama to 3 gorgeous boys, and lover of people and planet.

Being all about health and happiness does not mean Diabetes Can’t Stop Me is all about ignoring the hard parts of diabetes, or the hard parts about life!

It is about sharing real stories, tips, ideas and inspiration; standing up for our rights, making sure people with diabetes are heard; and making connections. When you can see the whole picture, you see what is possible and you don’t let diabetes stop you living your life however you desire - that is what thriving with diabetes is all about.

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