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

By Helen-Edwards | January 13, 2012

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 | January 12, 2012

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 | January 11, 2012

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 | January 6, 2012

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 Makes Your Brain Bigger…..

By Helen-Edwards | March 4, 2011

Ok so just back from a normal morning of getting up past the alarm, finding the 17 year old son was going to school late so I had to take the 11 year old instead of him, getting myself, the 11 year old and the 2 year old ready to go out the door, battling…

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Meditation is Not Just For Hippies!

By Helen-Edwards | February 18, 2011

Deep relaxation and meditation are very natural and very powerful activities. Meditation is the method of bringing a scattered, disorganised mind into a state of peace, quiet and tranquillity. It is about focus and calmness. You might wonder how you manage that when you have to fit a few dozen blood glucose checks or more…

The Battle of the Fat – Survivor vs Designer

By Helen-Edwards | February 1, 2011

As a long term person with type 1 diabetes, I have also battled a life long war with weight….I am one of those lucky people who got not only the gene that led to type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune problems, but the “fat” gene – lucky old me.  I am wondering how many more…

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The Art of Diabetes Management

By Helen-Edwards | August 27, 2010

We all know that science underpins diabetes don’t we? Billions of dollars are spent worldwide researching the causes, possible cures and treatment options for diabetes. There are millions of scientists and health care professionals working hard in the diabetes field, far and wide, across the world. And there is a precise science to the way…

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What’s it all about anyway? Or don’t sweat the small stuff

By Helen-Edwards | June 10, 2010

I got to thinking the other day about life. From time to time lately, I have really started to ponder this thing we call life. Living with a chronic disease or life threatening illness can really put you in a headspace where you start to question what is life all about? Many people talk about realising…

Diabetes and eating disorders – overcoming the dangerous beast

By Helen-Edwards | March 23, 2010

I have spoken with lots of people living with diabetes, as well as body image problems and eating disorders over the years – both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Many people with type 2 diabetes struggle with binge eating and body image issues; people with type 1 diabetes have double the rates of eating…

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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