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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

How an Insulin Pump Break Can Save Your Sanity

It’s 2:13a and Sabrina wakes up for the third time tonight to an occlusion alarm on her insulin pump. Exhausted and thinking about her big meeting with her boss tomorrow morning, Sabrina massages her site, gives a correction, and goes back to sleep, praying she’ll be able to sleep uninterrupted until morning. Sabrina feels she’s […]

The Key to Accepting T1D

‘I hate diabetes so much. I just want to be able to accept the fact that I have T1D’ These were the first words out of Emily’s mouth when she walked into my office. She agonized over how she’s having such a hard time being ok with having T1D. Everyone she sees on social media […]

Insulin Pumps and Your Mental Health

The decision to use an insulin pump is a big deal. Insulin pumps are amazing technology and can make diabetes easier. But switching to a pump also means changing the way you think about and manage diabetes. This mental shift can be stressful and can come with some unique concerns. The more you’re aware of […]

Diabetes Education is Essential for Mental Health

Good diabetes education can have an enormous impact on your psychological well-being. If you struggle with anxiety because of T1D, connecting with a knowledgeable, compassionate diabetes educator is a great first step to get you to a better place – with your blood sugars and your mental health. Diabetes education reduces anxiety Anxiety is fear […]

The Support People with T1D Actually Need

The numbers are astounding. Research shows over 40% of people with T1D meet the clinical cutoff for diabetes distress. Even more have diabetes burnout and negative emotions associated with T1D. Mental health support should be a part of the treatment for EVERYBODY with T1D. But the bigger question is, what kind of mental health treatment […]