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Saying It Out Loud
There are usually a few things in life that soothe and nurture you instantly. For me, this includes a cup of tea (any kind of tea), chocolate, flowers, walking in nature, especially in and around trees, or by the sea, and a good natter and cuddle with someone I love. Another big thing that helps…
Choices and Language in Diabetes
I shared this Facebook Live video this week and it was very popular, so I am sharing it here in case you missed it. It is live streaming so not great quality but hopefully you will find it useful. Please share your comments and join the conversation Helen
Climbing Up When You Feel Like it’s all Too Hard
This is a guest post by one of my favourite people, Mr Dave Barnes. Dave was a volunteer with our diabetes groups for many years. He has lived with type 1 diabetes a long time and recently suffered a significant hypo event that landed him unconscious and then into rehab. His stories are remarkable and…
Your Diabetes Hub – what’s it all about?
You will have noticed some changes around here! We have rebranded with the name “Your Diabetes Hub” and have started to grow our Diabetes Hub Directory! The other day I had a live chat on our new Facebook page here (please come and follow us) about what will be happening and what it’s all about.…
Despite Diabetes or Because of It?
The list of people I know living with diabetes who have achieved amazing things in their life is very long. I have often thought about why? I am not just talking about famous people. I am talking about all of the people I have met over the years, who have done outstanding things in their…
It’s Written in the Stars
Human beings are such funny creatures. We become so tribal when it comes to our passions, our beliefs and our area of work. I have been in a number of different professional areas over the 30 odd years since finishing my Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I worked part time like many teenagers, as a…

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.

Come join us!

Helen xx

Diabetes & Pregnancy Research

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.

Diabetes & Your Wellbeing

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.

Dealing with Diabetes

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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