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Welcome to Your Diabetes Hub - we are here to support your wellbeing in living life with diabetes & ALL its ups and downs. I am Helen Edwards, person with type 1 diabetes since 1979, Mama, blogger and PhD Candidate. We have been supporting the wellbeing of people with diabetes online since 2001.
Your Diabetes Hub is all about real life diabetes. It does not ignore the hard parts of diabetes, or the hard parts about life! It celebrates all there is to be grateful for and the monumental achievements of so many people living with diabetes.
It is about sharing real stories, tips, ideas and inspiration; standing up for the rights of all people with diabetes; making sure people with diabetes are heard; and making connections with each other. Your quality of life is better when you have positive wellbeing.
When you can see the whole picture, you see what is possible and you don’t let diabetes stop you living your life however you desire - that is what thriving with diabetes is all about.
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If you are considering a pregnancy in the next 1-5 years, are aged 18 – 40 years and speak English, you can help in a new research project. The team are developing a survey tool for women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to use with their health care team in considering pregnancy. Pre-pregnancy counselling can help women with diabetes in planning their pregnancy. The aim is to encourage discussion about how the health care team can best support you to take steps towards planning a pregnancy at some stage in the future. The project has ethics approval from the Adelaide University. Contact me here for more.
Did you know diabetes affects your wellbeing and mental health? People with diabetes have a higher risk of depression and many people experience diabetes related distress and diabetes burn out. Having good mental health requires you to focus just as much on looking after your emotional, psychological and social health, as your physical health. You need to do things that increase mental health and wellbeing – after all, wellbeing and health go hand-in-hand. Talking about how you are feeling is an important first step. Support is vital. You are not alone. Head here for our pages on diabetes and wellbeing.
When you are diagnosed with diabetes, it is like starting a journey on a road that is new and unfamiliar to you. At diagnosis you can experience, shock, denial, fear, grief, anger, worry, hopelessness, and many other things. Family members can also experience these things too. These are normal experiences and feelings. You will work through them in time and become more comfortable with your diabetes. Talking about how you are feeling, getting as much information as possible, at a pace that is right for you, and taking time to care for your physical and mental health, are all very important at this time. These things continue to be important as you get on with life with diabetes.
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