This is the final episode of a 6-part series talking about how to overcome the biggest mental health challenges of living with T1D.
In this episode, we talk to Heather Cobb about how the time and effort involved in the logistics of managing diabetes in the US affected her mental health. Heather has been living with T1D for 16 years. A passionate public health advocate, Heather served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador.
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The US healthcare system is a huge source of stress for people with T1D. Dealing with your insurance company, ordering supplies, and paying for insulin all add to the emotional burden of managing T1D 24/7. Heather shares her story about how she moved to Portugal because the stress of dealing with the US healthcare system got to be too much.
Heather offers some great advice on how to deal with the stress of navigating the healthcare system – even if picking up and moving out of the country isn’t an option for you!