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    Stay soft

    It is an unfortunate truth that there will always be people who seem to trespass against us. This happens to the best of us. It's easy to let this ruin our spirit and convince us to not be a light in the world. How about being good without asking for anything back, sharing without wanting anything in return, and love your heart out every second you can even if you are alone? Do these words sound crazy or is there truth in them for you?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia

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    Really?!Rant!

    So I recently switched from my endocrinologist who had no idea what a omnipot was to a well-known endocrinology group that I thought was up on things. They did manage to order me my pods within a week which was great. However, I am searching for a mental health professional who is knowledgeable in type 1 diabetes and the struggles. Having had diabetes for 50 years I need that kind of support. I asked my new endocrinologist if she had any suggestions for a mental health person. She tilted her head and looked at me and said "mental health?". She had no idea and told me to ask at the front desk. So I did. They told me that they did not have a list and they would refer me to the social work people. Well, the social worker called me and asked me a series of obviously canned questions and then emailed me a list of about 10 mental health professionals in the area. It was just a list of general therapists in the area which I could have gotten from the internet. She told me I had to research and call each one to see if they took my insurance. So that was a waste of time! I thought that mental health was in the forefront of diabetes care! Silly me! I'm so frustrated. Okay I'm done renting but still feel extremely frustrated. Thanks for listening!

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    Food & Nutrition Friday: Diabetes-Friendly Foods You Dislike, But Like Now

    What diabetes-friendly food do you like now that you didn't like before?

    Share your favorites in the comments 👇🏾

    #Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #EatingHealthy #Food #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether

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    Be the right person for yourself

    It’s so easy to place the opinions of others higher than those we have of ourselves. This brings us so much pain. How can we prioritize self-love first?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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    Enamel Pins For Fellow Chronic Warrior

    In 2018 before becoming a freelance illustrator my Chronic Migraine became dramatically worse and I had no choice but to leave my job as a Teaching Assistant in a school for disabled children:

    For a lot of people with chronic illness the lack of flexible working options can end up excluding them from most workplaces. In my case I couldn’t get my employer to agree to part-time hours so I had to leave in order to manage my health.

    When you become disabled or existing conditions worsen it has a massive impact on your lifestyle, your work options and how you socialise with others. You have to adjust to your ‘new normal’ and confront feelings of loss and fear, of being ‘left behind’ and isolated from the rest of the world, and of letting people down because your capacity for activity is unreliable.

    I now support myself through my illustration work and shop and I intend for these pins to empower people to focus on their health and personal strength over financial and ‘productivity’ goals.

    The designs are inspired by the spoonie community online (a spoonie is a chronically ill person whose energy levels and activities are limited by their condition/s). The community helped me to adjust to my own new reality, accept my situation and adapt.

    The response to my illustrations about Migraine and chronic illness online helped me feel accepted for who I am and be kinder to myself so I became determined to use my art to give back to the community; to provide them with that same sense of acceptance and personal agency.

    I hope my colourful and striking pin designs will serve as reminders of what people have already overcome and that there is a whole community out there who understand and support them.

    My illustrations are my way of fighting back against a socio-political system that tells us our limited capacity to work is not ‘enough’; that our worth is determined by our productivity and our personal conditions open to doubt and scrutiny. These measures devalue human life and lead to the dismissal of disabled lives by politicians and the general public, as during the ongoing Covid pandemic.

    My pin designs will be added to my existing Chronic Warrior collection and feature phrases such as ‘Endometriosis Warrior’, ‘Diabetic Warrior’, and ‘I Hate My Guts’ (my favourite from the new collection, which features intestines morphing into a snake and the titular phrase written on the large intestine).

    I Hate My Guts’ is designed for everyone living with conditions such as IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, or who uses a stoma, in honour of our ongoing struggle with our own organs! I’ve long been fighting against my own digestive system and a sense of humour about these things is an essential survival tactic!

    My Kickstarter campaign is running until the 7th of March and you can back for multiple pin, print and sticker designs here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/abistevens/chronic-warrior-enamel-pins-3

    You can also find my existing Chronic Warrior designs in her shop at www.abistevens.etsy.com.

    #spoonieSisterhood #chronicmigraine #chronicartist #IBS #chronicwarrior #Endometriosis #PCOS #Diabetes #Migraine #Fibromyalgia #Fatigue #CFS #ME #autoimmune #Spoonie #chronicArt #chronicartist

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    Quick Tip Thursday: Have Your Kidneys Tested Annually

    Diabetes puts you at a higher risk of kidney disease. Therefore, it is critical to have your kidneys checked once a year to prevent kidney disease.

    #Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #Health #HealthCare #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether

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    Hello

    So as a person with EDS I also have type 2 diabetes. I am praying on how to treat diabetes through diet that will also cope with my needs as far EDS and my mineral deficiencies. My potassium is wanting to run low as well as my iron. I really want to handle my body by using natural elements to truly treat my issues. If anyone has any insight on what to do that won’t spike my blood sugar I would greatly appreciate the advice:) #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #DiabetesType2 #Anxiety #ADHD

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    Wellness Wednesday: Diabetes Apps

    There are so many apps that can help us manage diabetes better. One tap on your smartphone or tablet allows you to track your meals, blood sugar levels, and even reach out to your healthcare professional.

    Learn more about apps that can help you manage diabetes in this article.

    There's an App for That!
    type2diabetes.com/living/helpful-apps

    Lastly, here's an article about the top diabetes apps for 2023:

    Best Apps for Managing Diabetes
    www.verywellhealth.com/top-apps-for-diabetes-management-1087237

    ❓What apps are you currently using for managing diabetes?

    Share what you’re using in the comments 👇🏾

    #Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #Health #HealthCare #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether

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    Overcoming.

    How many people here believe in the power of themselves?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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    Talk About It Tuesday: Community Check-In

    Time for a community check-in ❤️

    How are you really feeling and how can our community support you during this time?

    Share how you’re feeling with an emoji or your thoughts in the comments below.

    #Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #MentalHealth #IfYouFeelHopeless #CheckInWithMe #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether

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