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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 complied 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!


Comments

Thank you SO MUCH for helping to spread the word about the You Can Do This Project! I know we can make a difference in the lives of many - to realize that while we may not be able to be "perfect", we can always be awesome - and we always have each other for support.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:06 PM by Kim
Definitely! We were so excited about the project and thought we would do our part to spread the word. Thank you for initiating such an awesome, much-needed project.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:10 PM by Emily
This is a great project. Thanks to Kim for giving people a place to talk about the realities of managing diabetes. I'm heading over to watch the videos now. Thanks Lauren's Hope for letting me know about this.
Posted @ Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:05 AM by LeAnn
LeAnn, I'm so glad that we were able to bring this project to your attention! Thank you for your comment and for your support for the project.
Posted @ Friday, June 17, 2011 1:36 PM by Emily
Thank you so much for helping to spread the word! There is so much support out there, yet so many don't know about it. If your post gets the word out to just one person who needs it, that will make the whole thing worthwhile. 
 
Thanks again! Keep doing what you do!
Posted @ Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:44 AM by Scott K. Johnson
Hi Emily, 
 
Thank you for helping to spread the word about this amazing project. Each and every day there are more incredible stories added! 
 
All the best to you!
Posted @ Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:14 PM by Scott K. Johnson
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