On September 26, 1992, my daughter Kaitlyn was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Since that time, we have immersed ourselves in the world of diabetes with two goals: First, to ensure that Kaitlyn has the very best tools, both medical and emotional, to manage her diabetes, and second, to dedicate our unyielding efforts in pursuit … Continue reading Just Don’t Do Nothing!
Molly Martin is a vibrant and energetic 18-year-old from Texas who’s had type 1 diabetes since the age of two. Five years ago, Molly took up motocross racing. She says, “I love riding motocross—it’s just you and the bike. I feel free when I ride, like I don’t have to think about diabetes. I do … Continue reading Molly Martin, Motocross Racer
There’s an ancient Greek myth about a man named Sisyphus who was cursed to roll the same rock up a hill, then see it roll down, then roll it up again, for eternity. There’s something a bit like diabetes self-care in that myth. The Burden of Management Diabetes is more than a chronic disease. It … Continue reading Diabetes Burnout: When To Leave “Good Enough” Alone
Is diabetes driving you crazy? If so, welcome to the club. In fact, a very large club. “Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can’t Take It Anymore,” written by William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE, begins with this question and then tackles the answer. The conflicts, struggles and mistakes that happen to you and in … Continue reading Diabetes Burnout-What to Do When You Can’t Take It Anymore
Do you feel overwhelmed or defeated by the responsibilities of self-care? Do you worry incessantly about your poor care, but still feel unmotivated to do something about it? William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, says you’re not alone. You may suffer from what he calls “diabetes burnout.” In a talk for the American Association of Diabetes Educators, … Continue reading Diabetes Burnout-It’s A Common Problem And It’s Treatable