by Claire M. Blum, MS Ed, RN CDE
A dear friend and colleague, who is a compassionate and visionary leader in the world of diabetes, once told me that "Diabetes is a Disease of the Heart." To the non attuned listener, her statement seems to indicate the well established relationship between diabetes and heart disease. But my friend was not referring to a physical disease of the heart. She was referring to the COURAGE it takes to live with diabetes. The English word for courage comes from the Latin word cor or cordis and the French modification of the root word courage and courageous. It takes cordi or HEART to be courageous, and Courage comes from our HEART.
There is an abundance of information available telling us the "facts" of diabetes, but these facts rarely motivate us towards lasting change in taking care of our diabetes. In order to do that, most of us need to work at a much deeper level, in a place that feels safe enough to talk about what is really going on in our lives. We need a place where we can tell our stories.
We classify our diabetes by defining the underlying cause, yet although we share similar disease, we each have a very different story, and we find meaning in the midst of our struggles in very different ways. Each of us lives a story, and when we share our stories we discover who we are, and why we are here. In her book Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen says that the meaning we draw from someone else's story may be very different from the meaning they themselves draw, but regardless of our understanding, "facts bring us to knowledge, but stories lead to wisdom."
Telling our stories can heal, and listening to each others stories can help us find the COURAGE it takes to live our “Journey of the Heart”. Read more>
Diabetes: A personal and professional challenge
by David M. Huffman, MD, FACE
In a four-part blog series, Dr Huffman discusses a typical work day. Patients in this installment represent composite profiles to protect their personal information. No resemblance to particular patients is implied.