Our November 11th Twitter chat was an incredible opportunity to hear from real people dealing with the raw emotions of living with diabetes. We were so grateful for the honest sharing and the helpful insights we gained from a wide variety of people with diabetes and caregivers. We appreciated that both type 1s and type 2s were well represented throughout the chat.
We were so grateful for Dr. Gary McClain's participation as a mental health expert who has specialized in helping people who are living with serious health conditions. To start off the chat, we directed our first question to Dr. Gary.
As you probably expected, Dr. Gary was full of his helpful, gentle wisdom.
Read the reference article about the "Diabetes Food Police."
With that great introduction and foundation, we were ready for our first question. We began with a question about diabetes burnout—that emotional state that all people with diabetes seem to experience from time to time when you just can't care any more.
Here is a small sampling of the great answers that rolled in.
For our second question, we asked for input about the connection between mental health and your diabetes. Again, great thoughts were shared.
Read more about the Diabetes Fear Factor here.
After looking at the connection between emotional and mental health with diabetes, we thought a retrospective question was in order. Imagine what someone might have said to you at diagnosis that might have helped you.
But our absolute favorite response to question 3 came from @kay_aneal who captured perfectly what we all wish we were told.
We were surprised by some of the answers that came in for question 4 about relationships.
Read Dr. Gary's tips about "Walking on Eggshells" here.
For question 5, we shifted the focus to positive aspects of relationships. How has learning to manage diabetes improved your relationships with others?
Read Dr. Gary's tips on sharing feelings about diabetes with family members.
Everyone with diabetes has good days and bad days. We wanted to tap into the vast experience of all of our chat participants to understand how to keep your diabetes in check on good and bad emotional days.
Read Dr. Gary's 7 Steps to Make a Bad Day Better
Thanks so much to everyone who participated. Please remember to join us on November 18 at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT) for a chat with Amy Campbell, who is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator. We will be discussing artificial sweeteners. Hope to see you there