We Are Diabetes is an organization primarily devoted to promoting support and awareness for type 1 diabetics who suffer from eating disorders. We are dedicated to providing guidance, hope and resources to those who may be struggling, as well as to their families and loved ones.



We Are Diabetes also advocates for living well and living strong with type 1 diabetes. The daily challenges of living with this disease, as well as the emotional and financial toll it takes, can oftentimes result in a sense of defeat or isolation. We help those who feel alone in their chronic illness find hope and courage to live healthy, happy lives!



If you or someone you know is a type 1 diabetic who is struggling with an eating disorder and are seeking support, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.




News and Updates



January 12, 2015


Karen R. Koenig



Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed., is a licensed psychotherapist, eating coach with a worldwide clientele, motivational speaker and international author who has specialized in the field of compulsive, emotional and restrictive eating for 30 years. She received a B.A. from Boston University, an M.Ed. from Antioch College and an M.S.W. from Simmons College School of Social Work. She lives, teaches and practices in Sarasota, Florida.

She is a co-founder of the Greater Boston Collaborative for Body Image and Eating Disorders and a former member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Multi-service Eating Disorder Association of Massachusetts. During the past three decades, she has taught and made presentations to numerous venues and has conducted professional trainings for many well known national organizations.

Karen’s books are phenomenal and we highly recommend them to anyone who has had a strained relationship with food. Her newest book “Outsmarting Overeating” is due to hit bookshelves in January 2015 and you can even pre order a copy on Amazon!

Our Founder Asha Brown used Karen’s “The Food and Feelings Workbook” throughout her early stages of recovery and highly recommends it. Asha also recommends “Starting Monday” as a perfect companion to Karen’s “The Food and Feelings Workbook”.





January 04, 2015


Insight Behavioral Health Centers Partnering with Eating Recovery Center





Insight BHC specializes in comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for adolescents and adults dealing with eating disorders, obesity, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

Accredited by the Joint Commission, Insight operates five treatment centers in the Chicago area, including Northbrook, Evanston, Oak Park and downtown Chicago. Insight is also a teaching affiliate of Northwestern University Medical School and Rush University Medical School. Additionally, Insight has teamed up with the University of Chicago's Eating Disorder Program, led by Daniel LeGrange, to study new options for adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa who do not respond to current treatment protocols.

Insight's Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs offer levels of care to suit patients at various stages in the treatment continuum. Insight also offers a seamless transition to a higher Inpatient level of care at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, when appropriate. We’ve been following the work of Dr. Ashley Solomon for a while now and know that anyone who chooses to seek treatment for their eating disorder will be in excellent hands under her guidance as Director of Eating Disorder Treatment at Insight!

Sometimes a patient suffering from an eating disorder can also struggle with other co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, OCD, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, or Bipolar disorder. It can be difficult for individuals who struggle with co-occurring eating disorders and mood and/or anxiety disorders to be able to find a facility that can support them through the recovery process. One of the more unique features of Insight BHC is their Mood and Anxiety Program. The Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive behavioral health program within Insight Behavioral Health Centers. Watch this video to learn more about this specialized program.






December 22, 2014


Dont Let The Stress of The Holiday Season Get To You!



This time of year can be tough for those struggling with ED-DMT1, even for those in solid recovery! Something as simple as eating a larger than average lunch with family on Christmas can make our bgs a little tougher to manage, and it can be hard to resist the urge to over-indulge in the plentiful desserts and sweets that are offered at every gathering. We want to offer you some of our favorite resources for this holiday season in the hopes that you can relieve some the stress of recovery and diabetes to just enjoy yourself this holiday season!

First of all, take a look at our Relapse Prevention Strategies. This list offers reminders and advice that will help you stay centered this week.

If you're feeling really close to just giving up on your recovery progress so far, take a look at our Recovery Projects. Sometimes taking a half hour to remind yourself how far you have come, and why you have fought so hard to live free from an eating disorder can help you through the urge to throw it all away; we've all been there, and we promise it passes!

One of our favorite resources from our friends at The Joy Project is their Anti-Binge Strategy List. Take some time to reveiw this a few days before all your merry-making begins.

Geneen Roth (one of our absolute favorite authors) wrote a helpful article about Holiday Overeating which we highly recommend!

We hope these resources are helpful, and we truly hope that all of our readers and clients stay safe and healthy during the next two week of 2014!





December 16, 2014


Do you have Diabetic Kidney Disease?



The Henne Group is looking for people living with  Diabetic Kidney Disease to share their opinions. Participants will receive $100 as a thank you. The one-hour in-person interviews are confidential and will be conducted  in different cities across the US. starting on the third week of January. This is for research only: no attempt will be made to sell anything.

If you are interested click here to see if you qualify. People are also welcome to call  415-348-2986 or toll free 877-737-5782 x 286





December 14, 2014


Type 1 Diabetes With No Insurance- How Little Can You Pay?



Our friend Christel over at ThePerfectD recently wrote a fantastic article on what the bare minimum cost is for T1Ds to survive. By "bare minimum" cost we're talking no insurance (or out of pocket if you have horrible insurance options, not counting the amount you are paying for premiums), and if you're not eligible to use free services or patient assistance programs. 

Unfortunately there are many T1Ds in the USA who can only afford the minimal supplies and basic services that their demanding chronic illness requires. We hope that this reality can someday be a distant memory for our friends across the country who currently live this way.





December 08, 2014


Yabidu!



We Are Diabetes is excited to announce a new partnership with New Hampshire based Yabidu, Inc!

Yabidu is a software application designed to help families capture, organize and privately share medical information. With Yabidu, all of your critical information is available anywhere, anytime on any device. We personally believe that Yabidu has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of families dealing with complex medical care situations. Yabidu's growing group of pilot partners includes Easter Seals of New Hampshire, DreamCatchers NH, The Moore Center and Lakes Region Community Services.

If you're reading this, then you or someone you know probably has T1D. Keeping track of all the unique health needs and the co-occurring autoimmune conditions that oftentimes go hand in hand with T1D can be both exhausting and annoying. Yabidu offers a solution to the time consuming task of finding all the info you need to share with your providers and diabetes care team; wouldn't it be nice to access all that stuff from one place instead of six?

Yabidu cares about our special community here at We Are Diabetes, so they are offering a free version of their software for you and your family to use. No strings attached! Click on the Yabidu banner or click on their logo under the Our Partners section and get started today!  An access code is currently required to register as their product is still in beta, so using the code "WeAreDiabetes" will get you up and running.

This company is growing, and they need feedback from users like you, so please don't hesitate to connect with their team to share opinions, ask questions, or just tell them how awesome their software is!




November 23, 2014


Anti-Binge Strategies



Thanksgiving can be a really tough holiday for anyone living with T1D, but it can be especially challenging for a T1D struggling with, or in recovery from an eating disorder. We want to support our community as much as possible during this challenging time in any way that we can.

One particular resource that can be helpful to someone who is struggling with binge eating is this helpful anti-binge strategy list developed by our friends at The Joy Project. You could even print this out and put it in your purse before you head out for the day on Thursday. Or, if Thanksgiving is happening at your home, tuck this list in a spot you can go to if things start to get difficult or stressful. We know this list has helped many in the past and we hope it can be helpful to you this week!




November 18, 2014


Thank you for supporting WAD!



We want to thank everyone who donated to We Are Diabetes last Thursday on Give to the Max Day! Although we did not reach our goal, we are certainly headed in the right direction. With the right funding, We Are Diabetes can create substantial change for those who suffer from ED-DMT1. We need to educate healthcare professionals and provide concrete resources for those who work with T1Ds.

We know there is a major disconnect between the healthcare providers who work with diabetics and the T1Ds they treat who may be suffering from an eating disorder. With the right financial support, We Are Diabetes can bridge that gap. Those who suffer from ED-DMT1 should not be shamed, or dismissed, or simply labeled as "non-compliant", nor should they be sent to a treatment facility that has no understanding of the intricacies of diabetes management. Until there is awareness, education and collaboration, we will continue to see these unfortunate events occur.

We Are Diabetes accepts donation on any day, at any time, on the contact section of our website. Help us create true change in the healthcare system; be a part of our life changing mission!




November 13, 2014


Today is the Day! Support WAD!



Give to the Max Day has arrived! Please consider supporting our efforts!




November 11, 2014


Give to the Max Day is almost here!



This Thursday (November 13th) is a pretty big day for WAD. It's our very first online fundraiser! The cool thing about Give to the Max Day is that you don't have to give a lot; even a $10 donation to We Are Diabetes gives us the opportunity to win $2,000! Here's how it works: every gift made on GiveMN.org will be entered into an hourly drawing for a GiveMN Golden Ticket that is worth $2,000 to be awarded to one of its nonprofit participants. That adds up to 24 opportunities for you to help WAD receive an extra $2,000!

At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation made on GiveMN.org will be randomly selected to receive a $20,000 Super-Sized GiveMN Golden Ticket. The more gifts (no matter how small the amount) we generate on GiveMN.org on November 13th, the more our chances increase to receive that additional $20,000 donation. We Are Diabetes has grown so much in three years with a very minimal (think nonexistent) budget, just imagine what we could do with $20,000!

You can actually schedule your gift/donation at any time by clicking here today! By scheduling your gift, you're helping We Are Diabetes to have even better odds of winning one of those Golden Tickets (schedule it for 2am, or 3am, why not). Plus, scheduling your gift will help you avoid the stress and annoyance of trying to do it on a Thursday afternoon at work during a time when your boss might see you!




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