Your Diabetes Hub is an archive of blog posts, articles & information, going back to 2001 when Helen Edwards founded the then Diabetes Counselling Online services and forums. 

We no longer provide services, but you can find our articles and information here. Thank you to everyone who was involved with our work, and the wonderful community xx Helen Edwards and Helen Wilde

It isn’t easy being green (thanks Kermie)

By Helen Edwards

I have made it my goal the past few years of my life, to try and live a green lifestyle. I have been moving towards this for many years, growing up with hippie parents who used to take me to second hand shops when I was a small child. I would trawl through the bric…

Judgement Day

By Helen Edwards

Tomorrow is Judgement Day. My first visit to the Endocrinologist AKA Diabetes Doctor,  in over 8 months. And my last blood results, given to me by my Gastroenterologist, AKA Stomach Doctor, over the phone, were a few months back where he informed me that “everything is fine in my department, but as for your Endo’s…

Dave Smashes the Triathalon! – Guest blog

By Helen Edwards

Guest blog – thanks to Dave who has type 1 diabetes for sharing this wonderful story!  Today I had one of those diabetes milestone moments, I completed a triathlon. For a long time, decades, I always wondered if I would be up to a triathlon. There is the BG issues, the food intake and prep…

I think I found the "G-Spot"!

By Helen Edwards

So apparently the quest for the “G-spot” continues. An article today at “Australian Doctor”   states that the female G-spot remains a “mythical location”, after an extensive literature trawl failed to definitively prove its existence. Well folks, I can tell you I have found my “G-spot” and it is not really where you would think!…

It's ok Mummy, remember I'm a Doctor

By Helen Edwards

Out of the mouths of babes. That really is true. I have come to realise this after having 3 lovely boys. Now aged 18 years old, 12 years old and 3 years old they have brought me joy, tears, sadness, happiness, laughter, cuddles, sticky fingers (and floors), frustration, awe, imagination, pleasure and immense love. Having…

Is waiting what life is all about?

By Helen Edwards

Waiting….. I sometimes feel like I spend my whole life waiting. Waiting to grow up, to get my license, to leave school, leave home, leave town. Waiting to get out of bad relationships and in the the “right one”. Waiting to get married, to get pregnant, waiting for babies to be born. Waiting for kids…

Rolling in the deep, no not Adele (although she's gorgeous!)

By Helen Edwards

Black swans skim across the surface Sun climbs slowly in the sky. Stretches out to test the sea. Bravely climbs aboard his ship Lingers lovely on the edge Sunshine wants to stay here longer. Gives us glory as she leaves I can handle all around me Gently rolling in the deep…..

Journey to the Abyss

By Helen Edwards

It’s school holidays in Adelaide and today we set out on the “obligatory” trip to the museum. We have a wonderful museum in Adelaide and as Andy Thomas hails from here, we even have a space suit he wore which is pretty cool! We also have some amazing exhibitions with the latest being “Into the…

Pumps are for everyone

By Helen Edwards

When I was first considering an Insulin Pump I remember worrying about a lot of things, but one big one was how my kids would handle the pump, or more to the point, given we were planning baby number 3 at the time – how would the Pump handle the kids!! Over the years I…

Happy New Year?

By Helen Edwards

New year resolutions….what is that all about? Should we be making resolutions once a year, or making commitments to ourselves and others more often? How many of us stick to these resolutions? And do they fit with our values and beliefs about life? Common resolutions include things like, “get healthier”, “lose weight”, “eat better”, “give…

diabetes and your wellbeing

Diabetes and 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.

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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.