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Today I realised that swimming means much more than exercise to me.

It’s a way for me to practice mindfulness.

I love the power of gliding through the water as I fall into a rhythmic pattern with each stroke and breathe.

One, two, three, breathe. One, two, three, breathe.

Each worry and thought gets stored away for later as I focus on the movement of my body through the water.

For the time I’m in the water, I avoid thinking about anything else that isn’t related to the present moment.

When I first got back into swimming, my aim was to add some non-weight bearing exercise and recovery to my ‘training’. Now I’ve come to appreciate swimming as more than that. It’s no longer about competing or teaching.

Now, swimming is about me. It’s my time to unwind and recharge.

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Pancreatically challenged, diabetes advocate, PhD student and dietitian - working to positive changes within the diabetes community and healthcare setting. Although diagnosed at age of 19 with T2DM, the type of diabetes I have is under constant debate. Finally pumping as of March 2014.

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