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Drs, Interrogation, and Finally, Endometriosis #MentalHealth #Endometriosis #delayeddiagnosis #Health

Hi All! Its been a tough year. I wrote previously about my husband’s death and grief. Now I would like to discuss the medical community.

For a year while caring for my husband after his stroke, I had symptoms of fatigue, abdominal pain, and digestive issues. I have many good doctors, yet whether in the ER or in the office, I was told nothing was wrong or I had constipation. I felt in this time, instead of having a conversation with me, some Drs interrogated me. I felt awful. I was recovering from PTSD, yet I felt my symptoms flare from feeling gaslighted.

A new Dr finally put me on the path in November to getting a correct diagnosis. I have endometriosis pervading my uterus, ovaries and intestines. However, it took until now-February-to meet with two surgeons-and I am still waiting on a surgery date. Again- over a year since my symptoms started.

I cannot help but wonder if Drs had a conversation with me instead of interrogating me if we would had reached this sooner. I do not know why so many diagnoses are delayed especially for women and those of us with mental health conditions. I can only say these interrogations left a path of distress until someone actually listened and put me on a path to a correct plan of action. I know many of you have these stories. I send hugs to all of you.

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Courage

"As long as you live, keep learning how to live." - Seneca

How to keep on learning how to live? It is to cultivate courage within. Choosing to have courage takes strength. Life is not easy to live with. Living is a constant decision one has to make each day. Showing up for yourself entails courage.

As this year comes to an end, I embody this learning that to have courage is a choice. Thank you, 2023! I am ready, 2024! #Hope #Recovery #Health

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Health is Wealth

Health is indeed wealth. It is the foundation of a fulfilling and prosperous life. When we prioritize our well-being, we invest in our physical, mental, and emotional resilience. Good health enables us to pursue our goals, enjoy relationships, and embrace life's opportunities. Without it, material wealth loses its value. So let us cherish and safeguard our health, for it is the greatest treasure we possess.#Health #Gym #Game #Food

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Motivational Monday: It’s Okay to Feel Burned Out

“It’s okay to feel burned out from dealing with your health. It’s exhausting and there are no breaks”- Anonymous

I’m leaving in an hour to go on a mini-vacay with my family.

My clothes are packed. It's time to make sure I have enough diabetes medicine to cover the next couple of days as well as a spare in case of an emergency that prevents me from returning home in time.

To keep track of my blood sugar levels, I need spare CGM and meter supplies.

My blood sugar levels are affected by dehydration, so I have to keep multiple bottles of water on hand. During the whole time, the temperature will be in the 90's, and I absolutely refuse to spend $2-3 on a single bottle of water.

Lastly, there's the food situation. What are some foods I can eat that won't trigger my CGM alarm? Do I have enough snacks during long traffic jams?

Just the mental preparation of traveling with diabetes sometimes burn me out. But, it’s okay.

The important thing is that I'm making memories with my family, and although the extra preparation can be annoying, it's all worth it in the end.

I want to encourage you that it is okay to feel burned out. Feeling this way when we have to take extra care of our health conditions and still live our lives is a natural reaction.

There are no days off from managing diabetes; however, there are tools that we can use that can help us stay encouraged and motivated on this health journey:

- Changing up your diabetes plan
- Focus on activities and hobbies to temporarily take your minds off the stress
- Reach out to your healthcare team for mental health resources
- Reach out to a diabetes support group (like this community)

We are here to support you no matter where you are on this diabetes journey 💙

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Quick Tip Thursday: An Accountability Partner Can Help You Manage Diabetes

Having an accountability partner can help you manage diabetes. An accountability partner keeps you on track with your diabetes management goals by providing support, encouragement, and motivation.

If you do not currently have an accountability partner, consider reaching out to a friend, family member, or healthcare professional who can fulfill this role. You can even use this community for accountability!

Having this support system in place can greatly enhance your ability to successfully manage diabetes and improve your overall quality of life.

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

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Motivational Monday: It’s Okay to Feel How You Feel

“It’s okay to grieve. Your life may look a little different now that you have a diagnosis, but that’s okay. A different life doesn’t mean a bad life. However, at the same time, it’s totally okay to be sad and grieve. A chronic illness is a major thing. Honor your feelings. Don’t dismiss them.”- The Spoonie Diaries by @Katieemayl

Let yourself feel how you feel, then let those feelings motivate you to manage diabetes so that you can live the best life possible 💙

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

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Motivational Monday: Move Forward

“One thing that you really have to do is move forward. You’ve gotta really tackle this. You can’t be a passive patient.” Dr. Phil McGraw

I want to encourage you today to keep moving forward! Take control of your health and do whatever it takes to manage diabetes. Advocating for yourself is crucial because if you don't speak up for yourself, who will?

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

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