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Practicing Kindness – World Diabetes Day

Practicing Kindness – World Diabetes Day

November 13, 2021

By Jordan Cryderman

November 14th is World Diabetes Day – an annual day for diabetes awareness.

This year, Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) and the Mobile Diabetes Clinic would like to promote practicing kindness with those in our lives directly impacted by diabetes, including our family, friends, colleagues, and ourselves. For those living with diabetes, it means forgiving yourself on days when diabetes presents those unexpected twists and turns that can be hard to understand. 

If you have someone in your life who is living with diabetes - listen to them, learn from them, and support them. Ask them if they need help with anything. Ask them how they are feeling about their diabetes and if they need help from you, or from someone else. Do they need help understanding their medications, how food impacts blood sugar levels, or getting in contact with someone else that can help (e.g., diabetes nurse)? Kindness goes a long way, and can make a world of a difference to someone struggling with diabetes.

There are many ways we can be kind to ourselves: mindful eating, exercising regularly, talking with others, laughing with others, and forgiving ourselves and others when things maybe don’t go as planned. It also means listening to our bodies. If you feel like something might be off, or you’re experiencing symptoms of diabetes or uncontrolled diabetes, check in with a health care provider. 

Common symptoms of diabetes, or uncontrolled diabetes, include:

  • You're very thirsty all the time
  • You need to urinate (pee) often
  • You lose or gain weight without trying
  • You feel very tired all the time
  • Your vision seems blurry
  • You get infections often
  • Your cuts and bruises heal slowly
  • Your hands and feet have tingling, pain, burning, or no feeling at all.

CSFS’s Mobile Diabetes Clinic is dedicated to treating people with kindness, and ensuring that they feel heard, respected, and supported. We partner with people living with diabetes and the health care team to advocate, directly support, and strengthen services. Most importantly, these services reflect the Carrier Sekani values of respect, compassion, caring, and sharing.

If you, or anyone you know, needs additional support with diabetes, please contact the Mobile Diabetes Telemedicine Clinic at: 250-562-3591 or email diabetes@csfs.org



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