Have Diabetes? You Are Not Alone – You Can Do This

“You can do this.”

If you have any medical condition, you’ve probably heard these words a thousand times. But they’ve never been spoken quite as loudly as they are now, thanks to a brand new project created by Kim Vlasnik.

The You Can Do This project is a collection of video testimonials by people who have diabetes, for people who have diabetes. The videos are meant to encourage communication between people in the diabetic online community and remind them that they are not alone, that they are all in this fight together, and that they CAN do this.

“Everyone with diabetes struggles at one time or another,” Kim writes in her blog.  “Validation and community have the ability to lighten the emotional load that diabetes can place on us.”

There is an emotional aspect to a diabetes diagnosis that many of us don’t think about. The “unending, often burdensome self-care demands” of living with diabetes may leave many diabetics feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, according to the Behavioral Diabetes Institute.  It is not uncommon for people with this disease to feel angry, frightened, and unmotivated. The stress of diabetes can affect overall happiness and can also strain relationships.

But with the support of an entire community of people who understand, that is much less likely to happen. That’s the idea behind this project, which is being launched on June 15. Anyone affected by diabetes is invited and encouraged to participate; you just have to be willing to share your story – with no sugar-coating.

“Show others what living with diabetes is really like,” Kim writes. “Talk about the tough stuff. Show us how you’ve dealt with it. Let others see their own struggles and feelings through your words.”

So, what are you waiting for? Here’s how to get involved.

1. Visit the “You Can Do This” tab on Kim’s blog, Texting My Pancreas. Read more about the project and watch the You Can Do This video for inspiration.

2. Turn your story into a video, and upload it to YouTube. Then add yourself to the YCDT participant list, located at the bottom of the You Can Do This page on Texting My Pancreas.

3. Watch other participants’ videos. Browse the participant list, visit the YCDT YouTube Channel, and their Facebook page.

4. Spread the word! Encourage others to add their voices to this uplifting project, and remind them that they can do this!

If you have diabetes, there is more to treatment than just medication and doctor’s appointments. Emotional support is another important part of living with this widespread disease. We value the idea of interaction and communication within the diabetes online community, so we compiled a list of a few blogs and resources dedicated to diabetes. There is a plethora of information and support out there – so remember you are not alone, and you can do this!

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