Diabetes is easier with a great team :)

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on November 12, 2010 at 20 years old. I knew absolutely nothing about diabetes when I was diagnosed and looking back at the past 3 years amazes me at how far I have come. I’ve had some rough patches especially with the medical professionals in diabetes ‘care’ units. My first experience with a nurse who was supposed to help me was very unpleasant and I had to file a complaint with the hospital. I left her room crying because of the hurtful words she said to me. I had a crap endocrinologist who couldn’t even look me in the eye. I learned about insulin pumps through a friend and asked him about it. He laughed and said its a stupid device don’t do that and waste your time. I was so shocked because I had never heard a doctor speak like that. I decided there and then that I was done with him, the nurse and multiple injections. The only good thing he ever did was to refer me to my present diabetes team.

This team deserves a shout out.  I have a wonderful, understanding endo, a great nurse, and amazing dietician. I also [...] continue the story

Health Through Movement: How Nia Changed My Life

By Jennifer Hicks

After 34 years living in my body, I became an expert. That is, an expert in myself. And I discovered, after all that time, that I am not ordinary.

I have Bipolar Disorder. But that’s not what makes me different. I am unique because of how I have learned to manage my Bipolar Disorder. Yes, I need medication and psychotherapy, but there’s more to my wellness plan. I use Nia – a fitness practice which not only offers me physical fitness, but also a lifestyle, and now a profession.

Looking at me, you’d never know I have a mental health issue. Spend a little bit of time with me and you still likely wouldn’t guess. Ask my family or friends about its impact on my life, and they probably wouldn’t be able to pinpoint anything “abnormal”. In fact, people would actually describe me as engaged, ambitious and driven. Looking at me from the outside, this mental illness thing appears to be rather invisible in my life.

Still, appearances, as they say, are deceiving. I do swing between abnormally elevated and depressed moods.

It’s difficult for folks to appreciate the considerable amount of energy I use every single day to level out my moods. [...] continue the story

Sonia

I have Cystic Fibrosis, CF. Its a rare diagnosis that forces me to live like a top athlete in order to stay fit and free from injuries. Home treatments take approximately two hours every day, all year round. I must always be careful not to get ill and healthcare is a lifelong partner. – Sonia Hager, 9 years old. Published on Apr 22, 2013

Valleys: Episode 5 – ‘The Release’

Published on May 1, 2013

“If you bottle that grief up… after a while you just pop.” Amy, Valleys: Episode 5. Amy struggles with this conflict as she tries to find release from tormenting anger and guilt.

 

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Valleys: Episode 4 – ‘Letting Go’

Published on Apr 24, 2013 “I know I can’t control everything, but I can’t completely let go either.” Amy, Valleys: Episode 4 — “Letting Go” Amy talks about her biggest fear and Annie shares her feelings honestly with Amy. Both of them take steps to begin letting go.

 

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The SCAR Project

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. The mission is three-fold: raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.

Photography by: David Jay/The SCAR Project

The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not a Pink Ribbon is available from Amazon.

Follow The SCAR Project on Facebook ,Twitter @thescarproject and the SCAR Blog.

Copyright 2011 © David Jay Photography

   

Fighting Crohn’s Disease on a Tandem

Posted: 08 Apr 2013 05:52 AM PDT

Hello to all my Crohnies old and new.  I am sat writing this latest blog while slightly spaced out on pain killers, home off work due to my silly tummy and even sillier IBD.

Over the weekend I helped celebrate my wife’s Grandma’s 90th birthday. This celebration included a lot of party food and subsequently led to a rather upset bowel.

Yesterday saw me struggle with diarrhoea which I tried to control with loperamide tablets (Imodium) then during the night I had really bad cramps which meant I didn’t sleep well and had to call in sick to work (I probably overused the loperamide).

As I’ve mentioned before, calling in sick to work is something I try not to do too often but sometimes there is no choice.

This is just a usual weekend for me and my Crohn’s and it isn’t even at its worse. It can be a horrible disease to have to live with. It is incurable. It can be suppressed by medication but not forever. You are always looking over your shoulder; waiting for Mr Crohn’s to return.

Because of this disease and its sister, Colitis, a charity called Crohn’s and Colitis UK was set [...] continue the story

Valleys: Episode 3 — ‘This Guilty Feeling’

Published on Apr 17, 2013

Amy shares that she is learning a lot despite how hard things are and Annie is coming to a new understanding of her experience. She, and Amy’s husband John, express that “this isn’t about me” but they show us that it can’t help but be about them all, because they love Amy.

 

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Gladys Wilson and Naomi Feil

Uploaded on May 26, 2009

Naomi Feil, founder of Validation Therapy, shares a breakthrough moment of communication with Gladys Wilson, a woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2000 and is virtually non-verbal. Learn more at www.memorybridge.org.

Valleys: Episode 2 — “A Cruel Joke”

Published on Apr 10, 2013

Amy and Annie talk more about their friendship and how cancer has impacted their relationship. Amy shares two words that made everything more complicated… and the decision that changed everyone’s lives.

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