We live in what some people
would call “the boonies”.Our town is
small with only the bare minimum of services and shopping.We aren’t far from a larger town and we go
there at least twice a month to shop.It
can be inconvenient, especially in the winter, but it isn’t so bad.We’re willing to put up with inconveniences
because we love where we live.What
matters is being happy in our home.
I recently wrote about being in a
funk.It’s not my favorite place but I
usually snap out of it fairly quickly.Not so much this time.About the
time I climb up to the rim of the hole, something happens to knock me back down
a few feet.My elderly mom’s miserable
life.Family issues.Frustration over the latest problems with my
D control.I can’t seem to catch a
break.I need to remember to focus on
I love the DOC.I appreciate the camaraderie and support that
you can find among the other people who are living with diabetes, either their
own or someone’s D that they care about.PWD and D caregivers are awesome people.We “get it”.Underneath all the
support it’s important to remember to take care of yourself.Support is good but taking care of yourself
is better.In other words; I can’t rely
on others to make me feel better.I have
to do this myself.How I climb out of
this hole matters in the long run.I
need to hone my skilz.
One of my recent struggles
revolves around trying to be an advocate for others when I feel so out of
control myself.I do a LOT of reading up
on new ideas and food plans, supplements and ways to exercise.Mostly that’s good, but lately it is taking
its toll on me.I’m increasingly
frustrated that I can’t get my fasting numbers under control and that my weight
is creeping up for no apparent reason.I’m
bummed and reading about ways to fix it just upsets me and adds to my
I’ve made a decision to
disconnect for a little bit.I’m going to
step back a little and focus on what matters.As much as I enjoy social media I think I’ll just stop going there for a
while. I’m going to try to stop researching so much and just focus on what I
already know.I can do this; I know that
I can.I’m not going away; I’m just
switching my focus for a time.How
long?Maybe a week, maybe longer.I don’t know.
What matters?Right now, I do.Right now my diabetes matters most.When I have a better grip on things then I
can be a better advocate.I still want
to help others; I just have to help myself first.That’s what matters.
A funk is a dejected mood,
according to Dictionary.com.I didn’t
need to look it up to know what it is.I
live it on occasion.There are times
when I literally slog through my day.Joy does not abound.Sadness
prevails.It is a form of depression but
it isn’t chronic, nor does it require intervention.I usually just need to wait it out and let it
pass.The wait seems interminable.
The trick, for me at least, is
to not let my funk play serious tricks on my head.When in a funk I can get to feeling like
nothing is worth the effort.I can begin
to focus on negative things and turn them into huge problems.I feel guilty and can sometimes tear up over
some presumed problem.Life can feel
I spend a lot of time reading
articles and blogs about health and nutrition.This is done to
educate myself as well as for my gig on diabeticconnect.com.Sometimes the overwhelming information can
put me in a funk…or maybe I just react badly because of a funk.Which came first?It’s hard to say.I recently read some negativity regarding almond
flour (too much omega-6 fatty acids).I
wanted to throw up my hands and give up!Almond flour has become a wonderful tool in my attempts to lower my carb
intake.So now I shouldn’t eat it?I’m screwed.But wait!Don’t let the funk
overwhelm you, Kate.Too much of
anything isn’t good for us.Do I eat too
much almond flour?Nope.Do I also add flaxmeal (which is loaded with
omega-3s)?Yup.So settle down, dammit.We need both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.It’s the balance that matters. I'm not giving up almond flour because of a funk.
Dictionary.com also says that a
funk is a strong smell; stench. Yup, it stinks alright.
If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m
currently in a funk.It’s ok, I’ll get
over it.We all find ourselves living
here from time to time.Don’t let a funk
ruin your good work.If your funks last
very long or are overly frequent; seek help.
Funk can also be a kind of blues
rock; jazz based on gospel music.Funky:
stylish and exciting; cool. That’s the kind of funk I can deal with.I can be funky.Funky is good.Here’s hoping I’m back to my funky self soon.
I was saddened to hear the news
about your diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.I’m sorry that you have joined our ranks.You see, I am one of the millions of people
who have type 2 diabetes too.I was
diagnosed in 2005 and have spent the last 8 years educating myself about this
disease and the myriad ways to control it.
You impressed me, and lots of
others in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), with your knowledge of the
different types of diabetes. Thank you for that. Too many media outlets and celebrities get it
SO wrong.However, there were a few
things that I read in the articles covering your news that trouble me.
First of all, in your attempt to
assure your audience that you are ok, you downplayed the seriousness of type 2
by emphasizing that type 1 is a really, really serious thing.You’re right; it is.But so is type 2.
Next, you made it sound as if
controlling type 2 is simple.Having
lived with this disease for 8 years I can attest to the fact that it is not
simple.Yes, exercise and a healthy diet
go a long way to helping to control diabetes but dramatically changing one’s
diet is never simple.Millions of
Americans are faced with poor nutritional choices on a daily basis.Fighting against that machine is a battle
that is doable but never easy.
My plea is that you will
continue to educate yourself about this disease and use your celebrity to help
dispel so many of the myths that surround this disease and hurt people every
day.We are not a bunch of fat, lazy
slobs.We do not deserve this
disease.It is a really, really serious
condition.There is a vast online
community of people with diabetes, all types.I hope that you will reach out to us for support and encouragement.No one should go through this