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



February 22, 2015


Eating Disorder Awareness Week!



Monday February 23rd marks the start of National Eating Disorder Awareness week! We Are Diabetes has partnered with NEDA and many other trusted organizations to spread awareness, and the message of hope via social media through the entire week. There are plenty of free resources from NEDA available for you to personally get involved in this special week. Our favorite is the "how to host a scale smashing" downloadable guide!

We Are Diabetes Founder and Executive Director Asha Brown will be spreading awareness this Tuesday February 23rd during her Live Interview with Emily Coles at the Diabetes Hands Foundation at 1pm (PT). We hope to see you there!





February 15, 2015


Dr. Jody's Consulting Service





Dr. Jody Stanislaw ND is a Naturopathic Physician and an expert in healthy living. She has helped hundreds of people live happier and healthier lives, using proven natural methods. Dr. Jody works with her clients via phone or skype so is accessible to anyone, anywhere who is interested in working with her. She offers a variety of different programs and services including her Lifestyle Transformation Program.

The Lifestyle Transformation Program is Dr. Jody’s most popular offering given the extraordinary results experienced by patients that enroll in this life-changing program. Over 3 months, a participant will enjoy weekly calls with Dr. Jody in which she will support an individual in taking small baby steps each week in four foundational areas: nutrition, sleep, exercise and emotional well-being. Time is also spent on diabetes management. This program is entirely individualized based on what areas an individual desires the most support in. By the end, a participant will not only have made huge strides in each foundational area, but will have adopted new healthy habits that naturally fit into a daily routine.

Click here to sign up for a free 15 minute consult with Dr. Jody to see if her services would be a good fit for you.




February 11, 2015


T1TV!





We Are Diabetes has been busy with a new project that we are finally ready to share! T1TV is a collaborative effort with our partnering organization Juvenile Diabetes No Limits Foundation, and 3rd Planet Media in Minneapolis, MN.

T1TV is an independent voice on living with T1D. Programs are intended to inform, educate and inspire. Check out our T1TV promo here to learn more about T1TV (we promise you will be entertained). T1TV will be presenting all original programming (available several times per month). Some programs will be presented in a mini-series manner, since programs are meant to be short and easy to take in any time of day. We already have some great programs ready for you to watch, and many more are coming. Be sure to sign up for email notifications so you can be informed when a new video is available!





February 02, 2015


Hunger: An Adventurous Journey of Finding Peace Within By Dr. Jody Stanislaw



In this true story, every exhilarating chapter gives you the feel of being right there next to Dr. Jody  during her many and varied adventures throughout her year in Thailand, such as when she made the shocking realization of how unhappy many of her wealthy clients were; to when in her hunger for improving her own health she only ingested water for a week, leaving her with anything but improved health; to her exciting trip to Bangkok to meet with a team of stem cell scientists who promised they could fulfill her lifelong hunger to be cured of juvenile diabetes…and many more thrilling stories.

Throughout the book, Jody exposes her lifelong insatiable hunger for peace and wellness. Displaying courageous vulnerability, she exposes her own personal trials and tribulations, and infuses every chapter with the life lessons she discovered for how to overcome them.





January 29, 2015


Diabetes, Eating Disorders, and Isolation



During my first inpatient stay in an eating disorder treatment center, a fellow patient once remarked, “It makes me mad that I'm working so hard for my eating disorder and you don't have to.” She considered her eating disorder symptoms more difficult to maintain compared to my use of underdosing my insulin injections.

In my experience, I felt isolated from other eating disorder patients because of my use of insulin omission as an eating disorder symptom. My physical health problems were different. My food behaviors were different. I felt like a fraud. Everyone around me had a “real” eating disorder and I was just a lazy person who couldn't manage their chronic illness.

I felt connected to my eating disordered peers when we'd talk about the intense thoughts and feelings that often accompany an eating disorder. I'd relate to their feelings of shame, guilt, and inadequacy. Though feelings of camaraderie among other eating disorder patients did emerge, I still couldn't shake the idea that my eating disorder was less of a “real” eating disorder because of my use of insulin manipulation as an eating disorder symptom. It took me years to truly believe I had an eating disorder and that I deserved to be in treatment.

To those who feel like their eating disorder doesn't count: it does. You deserve treatment whether you've had an eating disorder for a month or for ten years; whether you purge or binge or starve or manipulate your insulin dosages. Your experience matters and your symptoms, whatever they may be, merit treatment for an eating disorder.

Do others have similar experiences? How did you overcome feeling like your eating disorder didn't count?





January 25, 2015


Fighting Negative Thoughts From Eating Disorders



Preventing ourselves from acting on negative thoughts during recovery is probably one of the hardest parts of the process, especially in the beginning stages! A negative thought or assumption can impact and individual so strongly that their recovery progress can be even be compromised. This article written by Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC Eating Disorder Hope Founder & Director, offers insight to the process and outcome of negative thinking.





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





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