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Take the Power From Your T1D-Related Emotions

Did you know there is a simple way to take the power away from your challenging diabetes-related emotions? You know, those feelings that make you wish diabetes would just give you a break and go away for a while. Are you ready for the secret? Name your diabetes emotions. Yes, that’s it. All you have […]

Why You Should Commemorate Your Diaversary

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on June 1, 1999. Every year on June 1, I go to the same restaurant I went to the day I was diagnosed to eat pizza and commemorate my diaversary. This tradition on my diaversary helps me stay on track with my mental health. Your diaversary is an […]

T1D: Unwelcome Intruder or Annoying Roommate?

Do you ever look at someone else with T1D and wonder how they are handling the stress so well, while you are struggling? You feel stuck with diabetes, and they seem like they aren’t letting diabetes hold them back. You both have to do the same things to manage T1D. You both deal with high […]

How to Stay Emotionally Healthy Using a CGM

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) are life-changing. This technology has revolutionized the way we live with T1D and has made life with diabetes easier in many ways. But CGMs are only helpful if they work for you and your mental health. There are so many good things about CGMs — however, there are also some challenges. […]

The Benefits of a Relationship with Your T1D

­­Relationship: The way two or more entities behave toward one another. Whether you know it or not, you have a relationship with diabetes. This relationship started the day you were diagnosed and will continue for as long as you are living with diabetes. What does it mean to have a relationship with diabetes? Having a […]

3 Ways to Keep it Simple with T1D & Mental Health

Sometimes we like to make things too complicated. Now, I know the emotional side of living with T1D isn’t always easy. When you’re having a hard time with T1D, your first instinct may be that your challenging situation needs a complex solution. But when you can’t figure out what to do, you end up feeling […]

The Paradox of Control

One of my biggest pet peeves is when I see the words ‘control’ and ‘diabetes’ in the same sentence. It bugs me even more when I hear people talk about ‘controlling’ the emotional burden of T1D. Expecting you can control your emotions just sets you up for failure. People with T1D like control. We don’t […]

7 Skills You Need to Reduce Your Stress with T1D

Mental health is just as important as physical health for people with T1D. You need knowledge and skills to manage your blood sugars, and you also need skills to take care of your mental health. If you work on these skills, you will see a difference in your stress and mental health with T1D! Here […]

Setting Healthy Boundaries with T1D

Repeat after me. You are not your diabetes! I think we can all agree this is true in theory. There is so much more to you than your diabetes. T1D is something you live with, but it does not have to define who you are. However, for this statement to be your reality, you need […]

Do You Need to See a Diabetes Psychologist?

We all know that living with T1D can be challenging, and the biggest challenges are often mental. If you have T1D and you’re struggling, how can you tell if you can deal with the stress on your own or if you need professional help? Here is what I say when someone asks me if they […]