Diabetes Can't Stop Me!
Living life with diabetes and all its ups and downs
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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.
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.
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.
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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!