News and Updates
May 18, 2015
The "Double Life" of Bulimia Nervosa: A Patients' Perspective
We came across this article recently and wanted to share it here with our community. Many of our clients have not only struggled with insulin omission, but with bulimia as well. Both these types of "purging" have a great deal of shame and stigma attached to them. This article offers insight and wonderful perspective on the struggles a person with bulimia may face.
May 06, 2015
Congratulations Erin Williams!
We Are Diabetes Co-Founder and Client-Care Coordinator Erin Williams has just completed her LPN degree! She graduates this week, and plans to move forward in pursuing her RN degree later this Fall. We are so proud of her hard work and determination!
April 28, 2015
The Eating Disorders Information Gateway
We are excited to share a great new resource with you! The Eating Disorders Information Gateway is a resource offered by the Eating Recovery Center Foundation that provides a single portal through which the eating disorders community can access a variety of materials to advance public understanding of eating disorders.
The Eating Recovery Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established in 2012 to be a national eating disorder resource for patients, families, caregivers and treating professionals. As one of its first major efforts, the Foundation launched the Eating Disorders Information Gateway in summer of 2014. The Foundation will also be supporting cutting-edge eating disorder research and treatment scholarships. To learn more about the Foundation and its important work, please visit www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com/Foundation.
April 08, 2015
The Lingering Shadow: Life after an Eating Disorder
Written by Amy Gabbert
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." - Ernest Hemingway
I’m at the optometrist clinic where I work as a technician about to get my eyes examined. I go into my own chart and input my health history; I don’t want my co-workers to see it all, even though I did purposely omit my psychiatric history. I put in the latest information about my A1c and most recent blood sugar (high, of course. It seems to be a universal law that when you’re going to the doctor and you know they’ll ask what your last blood sugar was, it’s going to be high and you'll be subjected to a lecture). My co-worker comes in to check my vision and complete the work-up before I see the doctor. I’m nervous about her seeing my diabetes information. She doesn't notice the A1c and breezes over the work-up. The doctor then comes in and skims over my chart. My stomach turns. I hate to think what she thinks about me, about my lack of control over my disease, my high A1c. She doesn't say anything, just completes the exam. After she’s through, my co-worker goes over some charting information I’m not familiar with. She talks about never clicking “uncontrolled” for diabetic patients, “even when they’re A1c is like, eight,” obviously a number she finds deplorable. I say, “an A1c of eight isn’t terrible,” to which she replies, “well, what’s yours?” She scrolls up to look at what I reported and I say, “Oh, let’s not,” and she closes my chart and says, “well, technically I was the technician who worked with you so I can look at your chart whenever I want.” I know she’s joking, but it doesn't stop me from feeling paranoid and fearful.
I'm a private person. I don't divulge intimate details to many. Even the people closest to me typically have to work to get me to open up. One of the personal topics I am most reluctant to reveal is my experience with an eating disorder. Only my immediate family and a handful of friends know about my struggles. There can be awkward questions from people unaware of my illness about what I was doing when I was sick with an eating disorder. I wasn't in college, I didn't have a job; treatment was a full-time occupation for me at the time. I've gotten quite good at glossing over those years and stretching the truth so I can avoid talking about my struggles. I also dodge the questions about my diabetes complications; people seem incredulous that I'm so young and have such health problems.
Even though I am careful about what I disclose to people, I worry that everyone knows about my eating disorder. Sometimes I think I'm being too transparent when I talk about mental illness or weight discrimination (in a general way, of course, as not to implicate myself) and everyone knows about my eating disorder. When I think about people finding out my secret past with an eating disorder, I am paralyzed with fear and anxiety. I practice what I would say if I was ever put in an awkward situation where someone unexpectedly brought that up. I have thought of responses to every situation imaginable. [continue reading]
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.
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