Come join the JDRF NYC Chapter on Saturday April 1st for a full day summit to connect with other type 1 diabetics in the city (it’s free).
Earlier in March, I was down at the JDRF D.C. conference talking about being a T1D endurance athlete. Sitting next to me were my T1D idols – a finisher of an ironman, a professional cheerleader, a powerlift, a hockey player. There were too many questions to ask. (You can read about it here)
Now, we are gathering everyone together in NYC and I cannot wait!
The list of experts appearing in NYC are covering topics important for Type 1 Diabetic families and friends:
- Taking T1D to School
- Technology & T1D
- Nutrition & T1D
- The Emotional side of T1D
- T1D 101 for the Caregiver: What matters to children, parents, and partners of people with T1D
This is a great opportunity for you and your family to spend a day devoted to diabetes. To be honest, I always managed type 1 independently and this at times set me back later in life.
We become a stronger community and individuals when we share and learn from each other.
Being surrounded by other families, experts, and leaders with T1D can teach you useful tips and tricks to manage the complexities of this disease. Plus, we can all hear what new gadgets will become available to help us forget about diabetes.
The Emotional Side of Diabetes
When was the last time that you broke down and felt like you wanted to give up?
I have definitely been there before.
Every single prick of the finger, back, leg, thigh, stomach, or forearm may not hurt us enough to bring us to tears. However, like the waters behind a dam, eventually that moment comes where it suddenly becomes too much.
There are a few friends in my life that have seen me break down from this disease. And that is normal.
To be honest, it is incredible that we do not break down every day.
Meeting other diabetics has shown me that we are some of the toughest, determined, resilient people. We can accept a life of needles and shots and look past that. We look past these obstacles and only see the dreams that each of us want to pursue, regardless of this diagnosis.
We are artists, athletes, businessmen and women, politicians, musicians, photographers, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and so much more. All brought together by something that can impact anyone at any time. There is nothing any of us did to get invited into this club. And that is important to remember.
I’ll be talking about dealing with these moments and ways to overcome them. There are also communities and new friends in my life that let me release a little bit of what is building up. Having those people that you can rant to really helps. It helps let off some pressure before things boil over.
If you have any questions about emotions and T1D please leave them below.