Now that I have your attention…
I am a therapist and educator with a focus on individuals who have been diagnosed with a medical condition, and their loved ones and caregivers. Many of my clients are facing chronic conditions like diabetes. They often talk to me about issues that come up in their relationships, as do their partners.
What I have learned is that when one person in the family has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, in many ways the other members of the famiily have also recieved the diagnosis. Diet, lifestyle changes, finances, compliance with medical regimens… emotions… mood swings… everyone is affected. Some couples are able to partner up and work together, while others find the daily challenges to be overwhelming, or seem to want to pretend that if they ignore the challenges, they will go away on their own.
I think that the key is communication, talking about fears, frustrations, celebrating successes, staying focused on what's most important. Without communication, diabetes, and the daily challenges, can become an elephant in the room. Everyone knows its there but no one wants to admit that they see it. After alll, change is scary!
I am interested in sharing ideas — challenges, frustrations, successess — and cooping strategies from individuals facing diabetes and their loved ones are experiencing. I am always looking for new ideas to share with clients, and I hope that we can learn from each other. Anybody have an experience they can share with me?
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