An Introduction

Dealing with diabetes sucks. Whether you have been diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, are a caretaker or a medical professional, you will understand how diabetes complicates everyday life. It’s no wonder that people with diabetes are at an increased risk for mental health comorbidities and increased stress.

What is the purpose of this blog?

If you visit my “About” page, you’ll find my mission statement:

The mission of Mind on Diabetes by Sonja Cunningham is to create an online space where people with diabetes can learn and acquire fellowship, without judgment, in order to appreciate the silver linings of living with diabetes.

            The presence of judgement in diabetes care is severely underestimated. Judgement from healthcare providers is unavoidable. Blood glucose (BG) readings, HbA1C, and other standards of measure look at what we have done wrong rather than what we are doing right. Using an alternative mindset, I like to look at these standards of measurement as a source of education rather than a performance evaluation.

As an example, I was in college when I first saw an adult care endocrinologist. Her question to me in my first appointment was, “Why is your blood sugar high right now?” My primary observation was that she assumed there was an answer. Not every BG reading is caused by something that is directly identifiable. My next concern was the fact that it is simply not logical to check blood glucose in an appointment setting as it adds no value to the goal of the appointment, which should be continuous diabetes care. Not surprisingly, after a few appointments and a conversation about patient outcome expectations in her practice, I decided she was not the doctor for me.

The judgment from this doctor stuck with me for quite some time. I struggled with finding another adult care endocrinologist because I would enter the appointment on full defense. I spent 10 years in this cycle – finally locating a doctor with diabetes who treats me as a human being rather than a, “health performance outcome.”

If you want to hear more about my story, if you want to work on re-framing the role of diabetes in your life, if you’re interested in current research regarding mental health and diabetes, you are in the right place. Please consider commenting, sharing, and subscribing.

I will be creating groups and pages on other social media platforms. Look for these additions in my upcoming blog posts in order to connect, chat, and share with me, my followers, and other PWD who understand that diabetes is a team sport and you do not have to do it alone.