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On Person Centred Diabetes Care & The Art of Collaboration

By Helen-Edwards | September 1, 2017

I have been attending the national Australian Diabetes Society and Australian Diabetes Educators (ADS/ADEA) scientific meeting this week in Perth. This is my 16th year working in diabetes, with only about 3 years during that time where I have not attended one of these annual meetings.  I will never forget the first time I went,…

Why You Should and Shouldn’t See a Number as a Number

By Helen-Edwards | August 27, 2017

What was your favourite subject at school? Mine were always the arts – English, Drama, Arts, Classics. In year 11 I was put into the Academic stream which meant English, Physics (AKA Maths), Chemistry and DOUBLE Maths….suffice to say it was a year of misery for me. When I got control of the reins in…

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Embracing Your Diabetes Body

By Helen-Edwards | August 22, 2017

I was looking in the mirror this morning after my shower, at my battered stomach, crisscrossed with the years of my life, full of lines and bumps, pump site scars, bruises and looking like a robot with my insulin pump site and Dexcom G5 transmitter. Underneath this, are the 3 scars from my 3 c-sections,…

Falling In Love With Dexcom G5 CGM

By Helen-Edwards | August 18, 2017

If you caught my post about my first night with the Dexcom G5 CGM, you may be wondering how we went on our next couple of dates. I am now on day 5 and have that old feeling of falling in love, which I did not expect. You know that kind of love that catches…

Exploring daily self-management experiences for people with type 1 diabetes in hospital

By Helen-Edwards | August 16, 2017

Sharing this research for a lovely friend of mine who is doing great work for those of us living with diabetes – all the details about how to get involved below Helen x Hello, My name is Rebecca and I am currently enrolled in a PhD at Flinders University. I understand that every day at…

My First Night With Dexcom G5 CGM

By Helen-Edwards | August 15, 2017

Monitoring your blood glucose levels and knowing what is happening in your body is the mainstay of diabetes management. The need for how often you monitor and how you monitor is dependent on your type of diabetes and personal history with diabetes, circumstances, and your individual needs. Most people with type 1 diabetes will be…

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How to explain diabetes to someone who doesn’t have it

By Helen-Edwards | August 14, 2017

Diabetes is one of those things that many people think they know everything about, yet they actually know so little…it is probably similar in some other situations, but I am not so sure. For example, I would never presume to know all about Cancer, or Epilepsy or Lupus. I would never speak to someone who…

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Laneways with Diabetes: Same Same Different

By Helen-Edwards | August 10, 2017

**Before you read this – Disclosure – part of my trip to Melbourne was as a guest of Abbott and the Libre team who paid for my flights, accommodation and various food needs across the 2 days of #dx2Melbourne, as well as providing us with some photography classes for our blogs and assorted interesting speakers,…

6 Tips To Reboot With Diabetes

By Helen-Edwards | August 6, 2017

One of the hardest parts of living with diabetes is the ongoing relentless nature of it all. When you get sick with something, you usually recover after a period of rest and treatment. In chronic dieases or conditions like diabetes, it is there forever. With some conditions there are not a lot of things the…

Online Diabetes Counselling, Thriving with Diabetes & the Libre Flash Monitor

By Helen-Edwards | August 3, 2017

Well this post has a flipping LONG title! It is all about your wellbeing, online diabetes counselling, thriving with diabetes and the Flash Libre glucose monitoring system! Firstly I have launched my online diabetes counselling services which you can now find here. These are very limited appointments each week so please get in as soon…

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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