I have been living with T1 diabetes for almost 33 years. That is 11,863 days or 1,694 weeks or 284,712 hours or even 1,024,963,200 seconds without ever getting a break from having to fill in for my non working, good for nothing pancreas. When I was a child, my parents did most of the worrying and diabetes work. But it was still there. As I grew into my teenage years, my focus sadly was not so much on my diabetes. But it was still there. When I went to college and got my first full time job and started making an adult life for myself, I didn’t want my diabetes to be at the forefront of my day to day tasks. But it was still there. And it will always be there.
I love Ginger. I “met” her initially online, then got to meet her in person a few times and also worked with her briefly for coaching. I honestly learned a lot from her in regard to diet and exercise, and that was after living with diabetes forever. She always has such a positive outlook and loves to share her knowledge to help others. I read her books Your Diabetes Science Experiment and Emotional Eating with Diabetes and found them both to be easy reads, full of useful information. When I was asked to give tiny input and also to give a preview of her newest book, Dealing with Diabetes Burnout, of course I said yes.
In more recent years, I have put a lot of effort into working on my diabetes management. (I hate to use the term “management” but I guess that’s what we try to do is manage our blood sugar right?) And I can sometimes feel it taking its toll. One thing Ginger mentions in the beginning of the book is “It’s endless. Whether or not you become noticeably frustrated with your diabetes, the constant thought, energy and worry is inevitable. And that can lead to burnout. That constant effort and worry is exhausting, even if it motivates you to take care of yourself”. Bingo.
I always try to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative, especially when it comes to diabetes. Another thing Ginger says in the book is “Diabetes may get to use up a tremendous amount of my mental energy every day, but I refuse to let it use up my happiness” and I can totally relate. I think that is the key to not losing your mind completely.
Reading this book made me realize that number one I am not alone with feeling overwhelmed at times. It also made me realize that it’s okay and totally understandable to get down from time to time. I almost think we have to in order to cope healthily. Ginger offers great insight in how to get to the bottom of your feelings and more importantly how to get through it. No matter what you’re feeling today or what you’ve felt in the past, I would highly recommend reading this book. It might be just what you didn’t know you needed. I have an appointment with my endocrinologist tomorrow and will be mentioning it to her to tell her other patients.
6 thoughts on “Diabetes Burnout.”
Great post! I worry about this with my girls, they don’t remember life without diabetes. I figure ill take the burden and burnout for now until the day comes I can fully hand them the keys to the d-mobile.
Burnouts are inevitable, whether you’re a diabetic or not. Sometimes I burn out on motherhood, sometimes it’s school, and sometimes it’s the diabetes. My diabetes burnouts tend to lead me to some really bad dietary decisions. But often, what gets me out of those funks is looking up new recipes online. I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, and often it’s just a new recipe that inspires me to get back on track. 🙂
Thanks for sharing! I still need to get it to read! I’ve been in Game of Thrones mode for the past four months, can’t wait to finish those so I can read other books like Ginger’s!
I’m so glad the emotional side of diabetes is starting to be recognized by health care professionals. Hopefully they’ll recommend Ginger’s book!
I’m right there with you, Stacey. Been going through quite a bit of burnout myself, and I think we reviewed and read Ginger’s book about the same time! It was a huge help for me too. I’m finding that I am not finding the same kind of comfort in the DOC as I once did, but I think it’s really because I am not writing from the hip on my own as much and so everything feels less… personal. I don’t know. Anyhow, point being: It’s wearing on me too and the start of this third decade seems so overwhelming. Hoping we can both find some smoother waters and balance ahead, before long. (btw: Really bummed that I missed this back in June, but am thankful for #dblogcheck in that it led me back here…). Thanks for sharing, Stacey. Hugs your way, my friend.
Getting book now. Thanks! xo