Diabetes Can't Stop Me!

Living life with diabetes and all its ups and downs

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Diabetes & Pregnancy Research

If you are considering a pregnancy in the next 1-5 years, are aged 18 – 40 years and speak English, you can help in a new research project. The team are developing a survey tool for women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to use with their health care team in considering pregnancy. Pre-pregnancy counselling can help women with diabetes in planning their pregnancy. The aim is to encourage discussion about how the health care team can best support you to take steps towards planning a pregnancy at some stage in the future. The project has ethics approval from the Adelaide University. Contact me here for more.

Diabetes & Pregnancy

Life is fleeting and complicated. Life with diabetes is filled with numbers and tests and a need to plan everything. Pregnancy is a time where this increases but it should also be a time to celebrate and enjoy, despite living with diabetes.  It is completely expected that you will have more tests and medical appointments, but it is also important that you can enjoy the journey of becoming a mother-to-be. Lots of things can help you in the journey, from contemplating pregnnacy, to the birth of your baby. With the right support and information you can have a healthy baby.  Read more here about diabetes and pregnancy.

Diabetes & Your Wellbeing

Did you know diabetes affects your wellbeing and mental health? People with diabetes have a higher risk of depression and many people experience diabetes related distress and diabetes burn out. Having good mental health requires you to focus just as much on looking after your emotional, psychological and social health, as your physical health. You need to do things that increase mental health and wellbeing – after all, wellbeing and health go hand-in-hand. Talking about how you are feeling is an important first step. Support is vital. You are not alone. Head here for our pages on diabetes and wellbeing.


Ypsomed Insulin Pump launches in Australia
I have been on an insulin pump now since about 2001 – so that is around 17 years. I first went onto a pump because I was having a lot of issues with gastroparesis and tricky early morning blood glucose spikes. I was also planning our third baby. At that time in Australia there were…
These Autumn Days
Life with diabetes is a never ending learning curve. Just like the changing colours and the unpredictability of Autumn, diabetes dances around as the wind changes, brings a crescendo of colour and can make you crash to the ground like a falling leaf. This is never more true than at times of change, in your…
The Injustice of Diabetes
How are you travelling with diabetes? Yesterday was a crap day diabetes wise for me. In the scheme of 38 years, it was not a great one, not the worst, but definitely not the best. The day started with a spike in my blood glucose levels after breakfast. I have changed to a “Thins” bread…
Contemplating Diabetes: Inside Looking Out
You might have noticed a lack of posting here lately…. I have been spending a fair bit of time with my diabetes on the inside looking out. Sometimes when you are struggling with your own diabetes it is incredibly tough to participate in all the conversations out there, around all things diabetes. After spending many…
Chefgood and Diabetes Victoria Launch
Do you find that food has become a nightmare since being diagnosed with diabetes? Or perhaps you have had the opposite experience, where you have realised that eating a healthy diet is essential for anyone, diabetes or not – and that there is no such thing as a “diabetic diet”! In fact people with diabetes…
Staying Out of The Loop
Lately I have been hearing a lot more about diabetes tech and in particular the work of companies who are developing closed loop insulin delivery systems, and the DIY version that has started to find its way to Australia. Essentially these systems enable automated basal insulin delivery, making multiple small adjustments constantly to keep your…
A Little More Here, A Little Less There
I have a little update today because I have been taking a bit of a break from madly posting on the blog or social media when it comes to diabetes, for a few reasons. One is that I have been incredibly unwell since coming back from ADEA/ADS at the end of August. This started with…
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…

Welcome to Diabetes Can’t Stop Me – a blog & community all about living life with diabetes & ALL its ups and downs. I am Helen Edwards, person with type 1 diabetes since 1979, Mama, blogger and PhD Candidate. 

Diabetes Can’t Stop Me is all about real life diabetes. It does not ignore the hard parts of diabetes, or the hard parts about life! It also celebrates all there is to be grateful for and the monumental achievements of so many people living with diabetes.

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.

Come join us!

Helen xx

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