Top 10 intresting things people never knew about me

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Hello my fellow Sisters, Happy New Year!  A new year brings new things.  It most organizations it could be new leadership (that already happened for DiabetesSisters) or new political office holders.  Another new thing it brings is new bloggers here at DiabetesSisters, and it is my honor and priviledge to be writing the Type 1 blog for the next few months.  However, before I do, I would like to tell you the top 10 things about me.

To me the prettiest and my most favorite season of all is fall because of the colors of the season make the surroundings in which you are in very pretty and relaxing.

My friends best describe me as a brave, compassionate, adventuresome, enthusiastic woman who loves helping people at any chance in any way that I can.

The tallest building that I ever went to the top of is the Empire State Building and 1934315_507073789979_1882_nRockefeller Center in New York City (where I had a low blood sugar, which made for an interesting place to treat)

I enjoy collecting keychains from around the world, teddy bears and anything associated with angels or butterflies.

There are a few things that I am most proud of.  The first is receiving the Courage to 10341507_846761188709_5689892444352162244_nComeback Award from my job for triumphing over major obstacles and being an inspiration to others. These are barriers that are difficult to cope with and make life just a wee bit harder to deal with (more about how I dealt with diabetes and these obstacles later).  The second is being appointed to a few advisory councils including a governing board of directors of an agency which helped me through some of my own hard times.  Lastly, being asked to be a blogger for DiabetesSisters.

I enjoy my working as an information and referral specialist at a local mental health agency.  It doesn’t make me a millionaire, but it doesn’t need to.  It just needs to make me feel happy and important, which it does many times over.

Some of the hobbies that I enjoy are knitting, quilting, taking scenic photos, sharing my 10427325_866897315749_3931481003594132959_nviews and outlooks of life, and trying to figure out how, when, and where my next major trip will be.  This trip is usually to Florida to the Friends for Life conference hosted by the Children with Diabetes Foundation.  It was because of this group that I am doing the work I am with DiabetesSisters today.  However, when I am not doing the things mentioned above you can usually find me singing with one of my two church families.  I say families because even though we don’t share some the same genetics as each other, we are there for each other when most needed (more on this later).

Something that others don’t know about me is that I am the oldest of three children for my dad.  While I grew up an only child, it wasn’t until I was 21 that I met the other half of my family including my brother and sister.  Another thing is that all my friends are virtual ones.  Lastly, I have officially been diagnosed and having to deal with major depression and anxiety issues for the past 12 years (and it was probably going on longer) on top of diabetes since Christmas 2000.

I will be (and am looking forward to) telling you more about my diabetes story so you know where I am coming from.

Stay tuned, Thanks for reading and following me.

Many good wishes to come to you today, tomorrow, and always.IMG_20151222_0002 - Copy.jpg

Writer’s note:  This was my first blog that I wrote for Diabetes Sisters, an organization that provides peer support for woman living with all types of diabetes. 

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The Club no one really wants to be in- however

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Tom Karlya (who blogs at @diabetesdad) sums it up better then I can…. I look forward to sharing with you much more on what CWD FFL (Children with Diabetes Friends for Life) conference as did for me in my life, from my point of view.  However,  I am not the only one.  It has did the same for many more.  For now, here is a wee bit more from Diabetes Dad.

http://diabetesdad.org/2015/06/11/the-club-no-one-wanted-to-join/

Please follow, Tom at http://diabetesdad.org/

***Reminder: Most of us who blog are not medical professions and any advise we give is not to be taken to heart.***

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Food Fridays #DBlogweekDay3

Food can be a friend and can be a foe.  Food does a lot of good for every living organism on earth.  It gives us the energy to get through the day.  As with everything we have to watch ourselves, and monitor every aspect of life.  No matter if we have diabetes or not, however when we have diabetes it totally changes everything.  Too much food, can cause a high blood sugar, which can cause us to turn into the Wicked Witch of the West, but then again low blood sugar can make us just as mean.  None of us is perfect but all we can do is our best.

Here are some things that I eat and things that I do that tends to keep me from riding the BG Roller Coaster.  Some of these things are what we all taught, but you have to find what works best for you.

The first thing is when eating lots of carbs or high fatty foods (aka pizza) keep an eye on my CGM and make sure I do either frequent blousing or the extended bolus.

Another thing is to make sure that we have protein with a meal.  My favorite is imageshaving “fruit on the bottom” yogurt but when this is not an option a protein bar with whatever I am eating.  These may not necessarily be the best option but, for me it keeps me from wanting to eat more later on and it also fills the need for my sweet tooth.

Orange_Julius_smoothies__2012      The other thing that solves a need for a sweet tooth is fruit smoothies.  Instead of going to a candybar or that a piece of cake.  We are all encouraged to eat healthy so why not have a smoothie of your favorite flavor(s).

In conclusion when it comes to food, the less and frequent is what I discovered works for me.

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Cleaning it out #DBlog Week Day2

          On the outside, I may look like a happy go lucky 27 year old diabetic women (wow-reality is setting in that I am no longer a kid anymore), however my inside is much different.  I don’t think there is a such thing as a perfect diabetic. If there is one, let me know whom it is.  For all of us have had our fair share of moments.   i have 2 things that I need to clean out of my diabetes closet.  The first one is, I have hid on countless of times, the real truth of why certain things with my diabetes is happening.  For example, when I would be going through long patches of high moments, I would say to the doctor, “I don’t know why.”  When in reality, I did because I would take off my pump or stop taking injections and testing because I couldn’t cope anymore.

         The other thing that I need to clean out is that I am sick and tired of hiding and stuffing all my emotions inside of me.  Pretending all is fine when it is not for the sake of others.  Well, I am not doing it anymore! I can’t do it anymore.  I used to stuff them more then what I did, but a wise physiologist who works with tons of diabetic patients said, “Don’t stuff them, and stop worrying that you are going to overwhelm people to much.  That is why there is the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) reach out to them, because that is one of the many reasons why they are around.  If you are going through a rough patch there are probley at least 5 more going through something simular.”  Learn your boundaries, and others too and trust me when I say things will get better if you do this.”

          So I took the advice, and went with it.  Since I started to reach out instead of pushing in, things overall have became easier, and because I did I have seen my own positive progress happen.  At last check, I believe a 3% HA1C decrease (yes- 3% not .3) and 5 pound weight lost is a start.  Positive interactions and feedback are hugely important to me in helping me become the person I am today.   As I  am sure, you have heard the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  I say this to you my fellow dia-friend, “Buckle your seatbelt, because when we all received our diagnosis we became apart of a long ride that come apart of life living with diabetes.  That includes many hills, valleys, and potholes.”  Many things on which can be both positive and negative, but it can only be negative if we let it be.   Nothing will ever be perfect, but easier.

 

Writer’s Note:  Thank You for taking the time to read my blogs, I have been working on become more consistent with blogging.  Please be patient as this happens and I learn the tricks of the trade.  This is my first blog in a long time, and was super nervous about it.  I hope it is the beginning of something new for me as a writer, and you as a following reader.  I am still a beginner at the whole blogging world, I just want to make sure it is done right when I publish.  So, if you have any question’s at anytime, want to give me feedback to help make things better please don’t hesitate to contact me!  Thank you! – Cath 🙂

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Friends for Life 2014- You are Never Alone

I have finally have had the chance after being home a few weeks and after traveling 1,200 miles, 3 flights, 2 bed & Breakfast, one huge hotel and 10 Days being away from Buffalo to sit and write to you what I had the opportunity to do recently. I went to Orlando for  a week, to get away from the craziness of life and to attend the Children with Diabetes 2014 International Friends for Life conference (http://childrenwithdiabetes.com/activities/Orlando2014/report.htm) at the Orlando World Marriott Center , where we would call home for the week.  Wither you looked to the North, or the South to the East and West, you saw a sea of green, orange and yellow.

It turned into a week that has been unforgettable and  has helped me to grow, learn and realize things about myself that I didn’t know before while it was also a week of renewal and rejuvenation on many fronts. Visiting with old friends and making new ones in this journey of life that we are on, and that when the going gets tough, us tough people get going.

I have learned many things and not all can be wrote in here due to time and space.  I wanted to write every day that I was at the conference, however life didn’t allow for that for there is not enough time in a day to do to.

Some of the things that have came into help was how to make the best use out of  Social Media through tips from Scott Johnson, blogs at (http://scottsdiabetes.com/) and Kerri Sparling, author of   Balancing Diabetes and  of Six until Me (http://sixuntilme.com/wp/).  Also, I was inspired by the awesome, Marissa Hitchcock-Town that just because you are a diabetic doesn’t mean that you can’t have kids, it just requires a ton of more determination. That if we “Dream it we can do it”.

As I sat  on this large 737 aircraft, writing this blog, I can’t help but to look at the reminder that is on my wrist, the green bracelet of belonging that ties all of us diabetics that come together for the week, a week that forever changes all of our lives.

That even though things may be hard at times, we are not alone. We may not be of the same creed, culture, religious backgrounds or have grown up in the same traditional family setting, but we are a family.

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My Scottish Family

Diabetes knows no boundaries. It doesn’t care if your Black, white, Hispanic or Latino. Wither we speak, Italian, English, Spanish, Scottish, or French. Nor if your rich or poor. Diabetes knows no boundaries. There for we are not Alone.

This past week our country celebrated its independence from Britain, well this conference has taught me tips on how I can be more independent of others then what I am. There are many things that FFL has taught me, but the biggest thing is that we are not alone that it is ok to ask for help.However, I wouldn’t be able to have learned a lot of this stuff if it wasn’t for the wonderful people people who help to support the mission of Diabetes Scholars.

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Valentine’s Day- it is not just for lovers

    Why is it that when we think of Valentine’s day we only think of lovers?  Well, it is simple, there is so much emphasis placed on making sure you do something for your significant other.  Valentine’s Day is one of our most popular holidays, inspiring a flurry of card and gift giving to those we love, and at last check there is no right or wrong on who we can love.  It is a day where we recall how many people we have been blessed with and are loved, what they have did for us and how much we love ourselves.

    There is a long time saying that states that in order to love another we must first love ourselves so if we don’t spoil ourselves first we can’t go out and spoil and care the ones we love.

                     

Who states who we can love?  Well, unfortunately society.  There are no standards or right and wrong on the people we love, however we identified most of them to be our friends, parents, siblings, and many others who may care for the well- being of another or posses a passion for which one stands for.

According to an article published by Examinor.com in 2011,  Walmart will stock their shelves with enough kisses to circle the world and enough roses to give every couple that gets married in February with 2 dozen roses each.  It is no wonder why one person would get depressed about being alone because one person that is alone may not receive such nice gifts or the love.  I guess that means that this is a holiday for love birds.

 Not exactly, Valentine’s Day is for everyone, especially for the ones residing in us.  So this Valentine’s Day trying following these few simple tips of advice that I found from Catherine Pulsifer, one of the editors of Words of Wisdom 4 U.

1. Look around you and appreciate those who care about you, be thankful they are in your life.

2. Rather than expect a card, send a card to someone special in your life (your mom, a relative, a friend) and thank them for being them.

3. Treat yourself on Valentines Day? if you don’t love yourself then you will never be able to love others in a meaningful way.

4. Call your mom or your dad, or that someone who made a difference in your life and thank them for caring about you.

5. Enjoy your day, remember, that you are exchanging a day of your life.

6. Take 5 minutes and sit quietly and reflect on all the blessings in your life. Remember there are always those who are in a worse situation than you.

7. Do something nice for someone today. . . it may be as simple as smiling at someone in an elevator to buying someone a coffee.

8. Call that friend or relative that you have not talked with in awhile.

9. Cook or buy your favorite meal for dinner.

10. Last but not least, don’t feel sorry for yourself; be thankful for all the good in your life!

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Turning thoughts into Action

       Finally, after constantly thinking that I need to get a blog done, I am able to do it.  I know that it has been such a long time since I have wrote.  Time just slips away.  Holidays and gatherings with ones that you love and then general life throws its messes twists and turns  in at you, however I have not forgot about the ones that I am hoping to help along the way. Before you know it days turns into weeks and weeks turn into months and before you know it, time has slipped away

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    New Year, New Goals and I am hoping that writing will make a difference in one’s life because when I have made a difference in one person’s life then I know I did the job (or goal) that I have set out to do.

   So the best thing that I can recommend when you have a certain goal that you want to achieve and promised that you want to complete in a timely manner the biggest thing is do what Santa does, make a list a check it twice…..Ok, maybe I gone a little overboard but literally from articles I have read and people that I have talked to that are successful themselves- they do the following:

1) Make a list and have them within reach at all times- like in a place where you can see it everyday

(like the refrigerator or schedule book)

2)  Check off or Cross of events or tasks on the list as you go.

Doing this is one thing that helps increase one’s self confidence.

3)  Have others who will support you in your goal.

  • When you feel like giving up these are the folks who will help you to believe that the impossible is possible.   They also remind you that anything is possible when you believe.  (More on this at another time)

4) Set a certain day, or time every week or day  at which you work on certain tasks

5) Take large assignments and work on them over time.

  • No one is bionic bunny, and Rome wasn’t built in a day so we shouldn’t expect to get large things done at once.  However, this is much easier said done, I know because this is one of my weakest points.

   Before you know it, ideas that you have will turn into reality.  Things that seemed to be impossible end up turning into the possible and your big ideas will become true.

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Being the Madador and Realizing Your Not Alone

You go most of your life without a single person to call a friend. The person that you call friend, is also playing a double role and is your parent. It maybe your mother or your father (for me it was my mother). Then to top it off on day you are told you have to deal with a condition that will change how you can live the rest of your life you are at the prime of your life. Having to learn as much as you can all on your own. In essence you are all on your own out there in the big scary world. At least this is the way you feel about it all. You are more and like it, not alone in the world as there are many others that have to deal with this same condition. For most of your life all ready you have been alone and then to complicate matters, the only person you have as a friend doesn’t even understand what your going through and has no idea of how to help you. Imagine your parents (in my case hearing from my mother) telling your doctors, “Don’t talk to me, its your name (Catherine’s) problem.

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While I somewhat agree it is my problem, no one can deal with it all alone. That is why this year I feel that I was so lucky to be blessed with a wonderful opportunity to make and create some wonderful lasting memories and friendships. Guess what? These folks get it. They live with it day to day, wither its them or their loved on. Heck, they may not only live with it, but also work with folks who do.

This pass July, I embarked on an adventure- an adventure that would begin to change my life as I know it. An adventure (topic of a future blog) had many others- around 3,500 and yes that is not a typo- showing me that I am not as alone as I thought I was.

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We all may not have gone through the same things because we all are different, but we can most certainly relate. Now, while this adventure didn’t rid me of my problems that I have, nor am I even closely at the point I need to be- this adventure gave me the starting blocks of change that I want to have on this race with diabetes. It taught me that living with the diabetes is livable and that diabetes is not to define who you are. There were a few people that taught me a lot on this adventure. Some of the people that come to mind are Sandy, a wonderful pharmaceutical representative and her co-worker, Ward from Vancover, British Columbia, Canada. These folks showed me many things; one of them is that diabetes knows no boundaries, and that no matter where you live we are all in this together. There was also this wonder diabetic nurse, Natalie from New York that I met, whose words of wisdom stood out to me. I remember her saying to me, “You can either take the bull by the horns and steer it the way you want it, or the bull is going to steer you the way it wants it and the bull is going to end up winning.” That bull being diabetes, and while there were many that have helped me to realize the dream, these folks are “living the dream” and some that have impacted me in the littlest way. They all have been living with diabetes for most if not all of their lives and have shown me that anything is possible. I am not to let diabetes whip my butt because if they would of have they would not be here to have shown me that anything is possible. These folks are just a few of the many very successful folks that have shown me that anything is possible as long as I don’t let diabetes get the best of me. I have made a vow that I can’t let this happen to me, because there are others out there that need my help. There are others that need to be shown what Natalie, Ward and many others have shown me that is possible. No one ever said life is not easy nor living with any type of chronic condition like diabetes is. We just cannot let the condition achieve victory. I am sure we all almost have let the bull achieve his victory, heck I will be the first to admit it.

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However, what we need to do is just fasten our seat belts and get ready for a challenge race, one that we can all win if we “don’t stop believin” in ourselves and as long as we “don’t stop believin” that one day there will be a cure all will work out, because as in the words of the famous music group, Journey- if they would of stop believing they would of not got the dreams that they desired. As Walt Disney has taught us, “A dream is a wish that will come true” but for now, (I know I have to) take a seat in the driver’s seat, strap on my seat belt, because I am in for a long race adventure.

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someone like you

The perfect visual of what CWD has made happen with the FFL (Friends for Life Orlando) Confrence!!

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the friends for life conference brought this video into existence. take a look.

after i find time to decompress from the whole event, i will post more.

but for now, this will suffice. no?

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Why Support is Valuable-My First Blog

 Friendship Quotes (6)From the time that a person gets told what feels like a death sentence that you have diabetes, there are certain essentials that one must need.  Yes, there is the medication wither it be insulin or pills, and then there is also all the other things that go along with being diabetic, like glucometers and test strips, lancets and batteries. Some may have pumps and Continuous Gloucous Monitors, so as if life isn’t tough enough, add to it the factor of having to carry around all this extra stuff when going to work, school, friend’s house, or just a night out on the town and because you have to carry all these extra essentials your are bound to get asked what seems to be like 101 questions.  Not to mention, stared at and teased.  The toughest thing is that even though we all know that diabetes can run in the family genes, that may have it where not even their own family members understand what they go through.  I know I have this in my own family.

I discovered this all through my own experiences that supplies and medication where not the only things needed to live a successful life with diabetes.  I was diagnosed at age 12 with type one diabetes and my treatment team started me on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) and oral medications.  At age 16, I then went on to an insulin pump, and this whole time the only one that I had any bit of support from was my clinical team.  When you think of what a person with diabetes needs, it is more then just pharmacological intervention.  It is the kind, caring, compassionate and understanding words of advise and hugs of support from others who have basically been there and done that or are going through some of the same things that you are going through.  While you can say this is a huge help for folks with diabetes it is also a huge help for folks with other medical conditions that are either brought on from the living life with this crazy and sometimes complicating issue.  This can also be helpful for others living with other diagnosis, that is why I am so happy that I started this blog.  Because I not only wanted to help folks who are going through some of the same issues that I am going through, but let it be away for it to help me through the issue that I continue to go through…. That’s why I started blogging-for support- to give help and get help and that is why I am glad you read my blog- to be a help to me and others.  I look forward to continue sharing my thoughts, prayers, wishes, hopes and dreams with you and hope that by doing so they make your day that bit brighter.  So stay tuned!!

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