Chapter 1 – ALL ABOUT DIABETES
Does diabetes still make your head spin? Or do you need a refresher after all these years? It is important that you know what is going on inside you, so you can make the best decisions! This chapter spells it all out in an easy to understand format.
Lesson 1: Diabetes at a Cellular Level
What is going on inside your body because you have diabetes?
Lesson 2: Types and Causes of Diabetes
Understanding Type 1, Type 2, Gestational and some less common forms of Diabetes
Lesson 3: Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes
Learning how diabetes shows up in your body.
Lesson 4: Complications of Diabetes
Over time diabetes can cause problems,
Lesson 5: Treatment and Management of Diabetes
(just basic diabetes 101 – easy to understand)
Chapter 2 – MY EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER
Let’s be honest. Diabetes is hard and it impacts every aspect of your life. Everything changes and the life you thought you were living is gone. This WILL impact how you feel emotionally, so you need to be prepared for this wild ride!
Lesson 1: Why is it so hard?
Understand how your beliefs, needs, wants and current coping strategies impact you
Lesson 2: Wait, I’m grieving?
Introducing grief that happens when you lose the life you thought you would have
Lesson 3: “I’m not having this”
Denial & anger – normal parts of grief and they have purpose
Lesson 4: The high highs and low lows
Bargaining and depression – again normal parts of grief how to recognize/move through
Lesson 5: The path to acceptance
Light at the other end of the tunnel, when you work through grief
Chapter 3 – USING YOUR MOTIVATION
A healthy life with diabetes will likely require changes and change can be hard. We are wired to find the most comfortable place, so you need keen insight to push yourself to places that might be new and different. But YOU can!
LESSON 1: Understanding Your Actions
How behavior is driven by instincts, needs and beliefs
Lesson 2: What Do You Need?
Understand the influence of what you need
Lesson 3: You Do What Your Believe
Exploring your belief systems – the key to change
Lesson 4: Are You Ready For Change?
Learning new ways to approach changes
Lesson 5: Stepping Into Your Power
Choosing with intent and purpose
Chapter 4 – It’s YOUR Life – Live it!
Diabetes absolutely limits some of your choices and it is natural to feel boxed in and suffocated. But YOU are so much more than your blood sugar or your limitations. It requires a bit of effort, but it is worth it!
LESSON 1: Your Unwanted Roommate
Understanding the intrusion diabetes is to your life
Lesson 2: Person Centered Care
Creating wellness around YOU
Lesson 3: Ownership
Intention and Responsibility = Freedom
Lesson 4: Self-Care
Taking care of your entire person, not just your diabetes
Lesson 5: Maximizing Your Office Visit
Strategies for getting what YOU need
Chapter 5 – Finding YOUR Voice
Diabetes brings about so many feelings, emotions, frustrations, fears and worries. It is no wonder people can’t understand or you aren’t sure how to find the words. This chapter will get you moving in the right direction.
Lesson 1: Communication is Healthy
It can be hard to say what you want to say, but speaking your truth is one of THE best things you can do to live a healthy diabetes life.
Lesson 2: My Five C’s of Great Communication
Clarify, Curiosity, Collect, Create, and Courage
Lesson 3: Curiosity Opens Doors
Finding power with great questions
Lesson 4: Receiving What You Want
The art of listening
Lesson 5: Great Communication Tips
Examples of phrases and strategies for handling tough conversations.