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



March 25, 2015


Type One Diabetes and Counter Regulatory Hormones



Say what? That's what we said too, but after reading this article we had to share it with our community! If you've ever had hours of unexplained highs or feel like lately your CGM is showing a major roller-coaster ride on a daily basis you may find some of the answers to your questions in this helpful read!





March 19, 2015


Relapse Prevention Plan



This Relapse Prevention Plan allows you to create your own unique tool to use when things get rocky; and let's be honest, recovery is full of rocks!





March 10, 2015


Eating Disorders Affect the Body, Mind, and Brain



Many articles about eating disorders focus on weight and appearance rather than the physical, emotional, and social consequences of these devastating illnesses. This article from the Huffington Post talks briefly about the ways the brain can be affected when someone has an active eating disorder and why it's important to change the way we talk about eating disorders. You can also check out the full discussion Huff Post Live hosted in which participants delve deeper into the ways eating disorders can affect the sufferer both socially and physically.





March 02, 2015


Check out the latest episodes from T1TV: ED-DMT1



T1TV recently added it's first segment on diabetes and eating disorders (ED-DMT1). We would love for you to watch, share, and sign up on the T1TV homepage to get updates every time a new video is added!





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.





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