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Diabetes: Beyond Type 1

“Don’t forget to take care of yourself,” is one of my favorite pieces of parenting advice given by other parents. The unexpected life that unfolds before you as a parent can be overwhelming, so every once in a while, it’s important to focus on your own wellness. However, I can’t help but laugh at the thought of NOT taking care of myself, simply because, if I stopped, I’d be dead. You see, I live with a chronic illness that doesn’t allow me to skip self-care. I have Type 1 diabetes,…

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I Felt Broken: I Needed Help

I felt defeated Completely, totally and utterly defeated. I felt like I had lost a war that I hadn’t even realized I was fighting, but looking back, I’d been engaged in for a long time. I’m not quite sure when it started. Actually, scrap that, I probably do know when it started, or at least when people seem to think it should have started. Over three and a half years ago, I hurt my hand. It seemed not so bad at first, a broken or sprained thumb maybe, but something…

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Today…I Showered

Today I showered. That was it. That’s all I accomplished for the entire day. I didn’t clean, or pay bills, return calls or texts and I most certainly did not set the world on fire with my cooking. I showered. I got up and noticed right away that it was back. Come once again, to sit in the pit of my stomach and fill me from the inside with its weight. Sometimes when it comes, it feels like an old friend has come to visit, bringing its familiar cold hug….

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Ready Pedi Go! Self-Care Before Summer Vacation!

I don’t know about you, but I am limping toward the finish line of the school year. Somehow it’s the same for me every single June. Self-care is one of the last things on my mind. There are so many year-end recitals or performances, sports events, practices, and games where you secretly would be A-okay if they didn’t make the playoffs just so the pain of it all would end sooner. And let’s not forget the numerous field trips with busloads of screaming kids and inexpensive-yet-not-total-crap gifts to buy to…

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