Friday, 9 December 2011

DSMA December Blog Carnival - Pancreas In My Stocking Please Santa!

For this months DSMA blog carnival, we can choose to answer a question of our choice. Being that it's December and Christmas Day is fast approaching, I decided to go for this one:

Do you have words of encouragement for people living with diabetes that may experience depression during the holidays? websites?

The holidays are incredibly full on and overwhelming with the build up to the big day, without the added pressure of Diabetes. Everyone is rushing around wrapping gifts, sorting out and naming the turkey, and getting everything prepared for the perfect Christmas.

If you're struggling with erractic sugars or just received a bad HbA1c result, you probably don't want to bother your family with it. Fearing that it will add to their stress, you bottle the anger, upset and frustration and keep that Macleans smile on your face. You'll probably spend more time alone away from the festivities, feeling isolated and just wanting someone to understand what you're going through.

Everyone with Diabetes has that feeling at one point or another during their journey with D. The important thing to remember is that you are most certainly not alone.

Should you be feeling this way and don't have anyone to talk to, talk to us. On Twitter, Facebook, a forum or on your blog if you have one. We will reply and be there for you, anytime, anywhere (not just the holidays!). People are online throughout the day in different timezones. The DOC is amazing and supportive, plus they have a great sense of humour!

You can also have a look at other people's amazing stories/experiences at

So enjoy the time with your friends and family, don't deny yourself the odd treats at Christmas. Keep testing and cut yourself some slack :)

A problem shared is a problem halved << Cheesy but very true!

Merry Christmas <3

                           This post is my December entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at