When Support Isn’t Enough


To Cathy W, who commented about her friend with diabetes on last week’s blog,

It certainly sounds like you’re feeling frustrated about your friend’s lack of self-care and a bit powerless to help her. The interactions you have reported with your friend make it sound like her health is more important to you than it is to her. This type of relationship keeps you on edge about something you cannot control and lets her off the hook about something she needs to address. Read More “When Support Isn’t Enough”

Taking a Vacation From Diabetes


Many people who live with diabetes struggle with the effort it takes to keep up with all of the related tasks. They get frustrated with the “forever-present” nature of diabetes care and often settle into a type of self-care that is “just enough to get by.” This goes on until about two weeks before their next doctor visit, at which point they become far more serious about following their meal plan and checking and recording their blood glucose levels. Read More “Taking a Vacation From Diabetes”

Taking the Risk


Last week, I wrote about the courage I witnessed in some of the people I’ve worked with over the years. Someone asked me if I would follow that entry up with a note about how courage can be developed. I really think that courage is a combination of several factors converging at the same time. Read More “Taking the Risk”

The Courage to Live With Diabetes


I was recently working with a teenager who was struggling with managing his diabetes. He was struggling with school and his family as well and used a technique of avoidance to get through life. This technique is tempting to use, since no effort is made and no new skills are necessary. However, avoidance is also the most likely to have severe consequences and, ironically, lead to the most difficult challenges anyone might face: diabetes complications. Read More “The Courage to Live With Diabetes”

Taking Charge of Feelings


I was playing golf the other day and found myself getting really mad at one of my opponents. On one hole, he reported a six when he actually had an eight. I confronted him about his error and we had a small argument. For rest of the round I ruminated about this interaction, and I didn’t play well, either. I blamed him for my bad round of golf, but my partner reminded me that I was the one hitting my ball and I am responsible for my own reaction and feelings. Read More “Taking Charge of Feelings”


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