Grief-stricken, heartbroken and lifted. The Animas type 1 update event.

I am going to make a plea to you now.

If you are reading this: feeling alone, overwhelmed, depressed and often angry about living with diabetes, I beg of you…

Find help.

Please find help in creating that circle of positive support, those to stand beside you through this journey.

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Event: Type 1 Update, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. April 11, 2015

During Michelle Sorensen’s talk at the Type 1 Update, she shared a short video that verbalized exactly what I wanted from my own dream team. This video confirmed to me why I have chosen the people I have at this stage in my life, and why others are no longer here.

It was powerful and here it is.

What did you think of the video? Were you at the event?

For me, this video made me tear up. I saw clearly why some of the people that used to be in my life are now gone. They weren’t bad. They weren’t unaccepting. They just couldn’t provide for me what I needed and you know what? Maybe the people that are now out of my life are grieving the loss of the previous me, the person I was before diagnosis (of diabetes, my neuro disorder, the list goes on). And that’s okay.

There’s no blame to be had.

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Now as I sit here writing this, I am so incredibly grateful for being able to listen to Michelle speak at the podium and say so many things that I just needed to hear outside of my own head.

Over the next while I will be blogging more on the Type 1 Update event, focusing in on different topics each time.

If you would like more info now, here is a roundup of all the tweets that day.

Lots of love,

Jess

The Type 1 Update is an Animas event. Animas Canada has kindly chosen to support me with the Dexcom CGM as I continue to train for triathlons, cycling and running events. I believe in full transparency and appreciate that Animas Canada does not review or approve my blog posts. Please read the full disclosure here

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7 Comments

  1. A 2.5 minute video sums it all up so articulately. We’re all guilty of the “At least…,” but becoming more aware of that helps us to become empathetic (and, hopefully helpful!). Nice post. Hope you don’t mind if I share the video with some friends!

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    1. Of course you can share Ally 🙂 If any blog, photo etc. of mine is useful to you or anyone else, please share. I hope by sharing my experiences it helps others out there too. I 100 per cent agree. That video is so powerful and moving. Thank you for commenting 🙂

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  2. That was a great mesaage and important distinction between sympathy and empathy so beautifully demonstrated! It was a particularly great suggestion regarding how to verbally respond to someone who has just shared something upsetting and painful. Just say “I’m glad you told me”, no response will fix it but being there for the person rather than “silver lining it” is what’s really needed most in that moment. Thanks, I applaude your journey!

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    1. Hi Nanci. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. This entry was so so important for me to share. That video summed up a lot of my journey and I’m glad that you enjoyed it too! I agree, “I’m glad you told me” can do wonders as opposed to the “oh no that’s terrible” or “it can’t be that bad”. Such a great way to illustrate the difference between the two. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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