World Diabetes Day 2017: Mindfulness Musings for Daily Practice
This year’s theme for World Diabetes Day is Women and Diabetes, so I figured as one of the 11 million American women with diabetes , and a counselor who specializes in mindful approaches to living well with diabetes, I’d share a few concerns and ideas with the blogosphere, in hopes of touching a few of you with something of value….
Here’s the headline from the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (NCDA), one of the organizations promoting awareness of our disease this year:
"Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. As a result of socioeconomic conditions, girls and women with diabetes experience barriers in accessing cost-effective diabetes prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly in developing countries."
When I read statements like this, my mind and heart sink into sad thoughts and dejected emotions. “What can I do to help such an enormous problem?” Recent outpouring of tangible assistance for those in the wake of our many natural disasters this year, give hope – and they give us something to DO, like send extra supplies or money for the valuable humanitarian efforts to keep our fellow diabetes tribe members alive.
What about the feelings that still linger? Feelings and thoughts of fear (what if I’m affected by the next disaster? Am I adequately prepared?), guilt (why not me? Could I do more?), anger (at institutions, governments, global warming, people who drive Hummers, etc), despair and/or indignation (this problem is all just too big, too much; life is hard enough Continue reading