catching up. catching a breath

May 17, 2017

Hope everyone is staying positive, happy, and healthy!   I was recently having a down, crappy, diabetic funk of a week.  I had to pull myself up by the bootstraps and get in a better place, better attitude, better head space.  It really had me thinking…

I really wanted to touch on an issue not talked about as much as it should be.  Chronic illness like Type One diabetes,  and anxiety/depression issues. The mental toll that diabetes takes on a diabetic is not talked about nearly enough.   And for that matter anyone living with a chronic illness,  It is often overlooked or we as “patients” are ashamed or embarrassed to say anything.  Do not be! If you are struggling, tell your doctor, endocrinologist, parent, friend, family.  There are ways to combat the feelings you have.  Sometimes just telling someone can be helpful and take some weight off of you.

It has been scientifically proven there is a link between diabetes and depression and anxiety.  They often will go hand in hand.  It makes sense right? I mean think about what we go through!  The constant up and down our body is on day in and day out.  I have personally had a great struggle with anxiety attacks, that often move right on into depression.  I want to share that because I want you to know that you are not alone and its ok sometimes to just feel.. not ok.. or scared, pissed off, angry at times.

We need to be more understanding and give ourselves  more grace and kindness and patience.  To say no when we need to take time for ourselves.  I mean our days are full of carbs, numbers, finger pricks, injections, highs and lows.. headaches… I could literally go on and on.  So I sit back and think.. well of course it makes sense to feel certain emotions. like this.  I have learned to remember that it will not be permanent, and there are just good and bad days.  That is the nature of this disease.

Something so important is your attitude.  It is key having things that calm your fears, sadness, or anxiety.  I really never thought I would say this but mine is working out, and lifting some weights, and stretching.  It literally is shocking to me because in the past I have not even liked breaking a sweat.  Sad but true.  Exercise is such a great way to clear the mind.  I also enjoy being outside and planting succulents and I also have an essential oil diffuser going with lavender and rose.  These are just some things that help me get through the rougher days.

I want you to remember you are not alone.  There are so many people who feel the same way as you are right now, or maybe how you felt  last week.  Stay positive, give yourself a break, love yourself, and know that everything is going to be alright. XO

  1. heatherlifestyle

    May 28th, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Hope you’re doing OK. I am type 1 diabetic too and I know it’s a massive challenge but you’re doing amazing , well done! X

  2. Angi Perretti

    July 14th, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Hello Ashley:
    I commend your aspirations to be who you were born to be and to not let a chronic illness define you as a person, wife, and friend-in-need. There is a few nuggets of bravery here, too!!

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