Hi everyone, I am a therapist and educator who specializes in working with people who are newly-diagnosed with chronic and catastrophic medical conditions, their families, and caregivers. I joined diabetes connect yesterday. My clients facing diabetes are coping with a lot of issues — treatment compliance, lifestyle management, relationships, finances. They are also dealing with a lot of emotions around their diagnosis, including disappointment, fear, anger, sadness, guilt. I encourage them not to neglect their emotions while they are dealing with all of the other challenges. Pretending not to have feelings, thinking that you should only 'think positive,' doesn't make the feelings go away. I encourage my clients to become Fighters — to be prepared for the road ahead by acknowleding their feelings, getting informed about their condition, building a support system, getting connected spirituality, and having a vision for the future. All of these elements work together to provide a foundation for living life to the fullest. Want to join with me in talking about what your dealing with and sharing some ideas?
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