Engaging with the young adults with type 2 diabetes community has always been high on my agenda. Through my own experiences, I know what it’s like to feel like the oddball or an alien. It quickly becomes an isolating and dark place to be in without the right support. And having adequate support, accompanied with the right knowledge and skills are interlaced with adequate diabetes management.
Today I realised that swimming means much more than exercise to me.
It’s a way for me to practice mindfulness.
Diabetes has been an intrusive use of brain space the last couple of weeks. Certainly doesn’t help that I’ve been pushing myself a little bit harder and probably a little bit run down. The weather hasn’t been any kinder either, resulting in me coming down with a cold. Being sick with diabetes isn’t fun at all. The most frustrating part is that just a few weeks ago, I felt that I was on track with everything.
‘Are you okay?’ These three simple words could change someone’s day.
Last week, I spent the week at Gold Coast attending the Roche Educators Day and Australian Diabetes Society & Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADS-ADEA) Annual Scientific Meeting. Among all the sessions I attended, one stood out and stuck with me.
“Education is gold, because no one can take it away from you once you have it” – Jane Speight at the opening of the Roche Educators Day 2016.