**please note we no longer offer services and the blog is not active, Helen Edwards x
Do you feel like diabetes has consumed your life? Does it take over, push you around and exhaust you? Perhaps you feel guilt around your diabetes, shame even...or maybe you just get upset about the lack of understanding from people who don't live with diabetes, or the lack of sensitivity, even of loved ones. It can be so easy to get resentful and feel like you are the only person in the universe who is going through the daily rollercoaster of diabetes.
I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979 when I was 12 years old and worked in diabetes from 2001 - 2018. I started a website called Diabetes Counselling Online - a world first, groundbreaking free online diabetes counselling service and community, supporting literally thousands and thousands of people all over the world living with diabetes. I ran this until 2016, when we closed our doors. I decided that we needed to do more to help and support people with diabetes, due to my personal experiences of being unable to find the support I needed in my early 30's. The internet had arrived and I knew we could use this to create connections and communicate with each other.
You can read more about me and the history of this service and blog here.
Note to self: you can not take away the fact that diabetes is hard. It is hard work. It is unfair and it really sucks a lot of the time.
You have much more in your life than diabetes, and you can find ways to deal with the shitty moments, times, weeks, months.
There is much in life to experience and enjoy, and despite diabetes, you can have a happy, healthy life.
While we no longer offer services and the blog is not active, you can find lots of archived blog posts, inspirational stories, and information.
Thanks for everything xx