Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Live with Disordered Eating

Hi, my name is Jess. I live with disordered eating. This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. And I feel compelled to write.

What is disordered eating? And how is it different from an eating disorder? The way my therapist explained it is that I show some of the same behaviors and symptoms of an eating disorder, but I don't meet all the required criteria for an eating disorder diagnosis. This article from Psychology Today explains it well.

Disordered eating is serious. For me, my eating is tied so closely to my depression and anxiety, that it's hard to separate the three.  I have undergone treatment for all three. And when my depression and anxiety got better, my disordered eating got better.

But it' still a struggle. Binge eating is still my default coping method. It's scary how easy it can be to fall back into old behaviors. Just yesterday, in fact, I got super stressed out and overwhelmed and engaged in binge eating.

Today is a new day. And today is better. I have bad days and good days. This is what it looks like to live with disordered eating.

I read this post on TuDiabetes today, and it really tugged at my heartstrings. I can so relate. This bit especially got to me: "Dr. Ann Goebel-Fabbri from Joslin Diabetes Center has said, 'Teaching a person to be a good diabetic is akin to teaching them how to have an eating disorder.' Interestingly, 18 of the 40 questions on the EAT-40 eating disorder test, when answered affirmatively indicating risk for an eating disorder, would also be an indicator of good diabetes management."

If this is true, I'd totally believe it. Diabetes so effs up a person's relationship with food. I don't know anyone living with any kind of diabetes who is able to have a "normal" relationship with food. It's complicated. I binge. I know others who've struggled with diabulimia (more info on diabulimia here).

If you or someone you love shows signs of an eating disorder, please get help. TALK. Talk to someone. Call the National Eating Disorder Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237. They can help.

Asking for help was the hardest and best thing I've ever done. It was terrifying. And being in therapy hurt. It's hard work. There are no quick fixes. Recovery is a journey. Not an overnight change. Be patient with yourself. Forgive yourself. Don't give up. You are not alone.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You Know When...

You know when your pump site is too close to the waistband of your pants? And your pants rub and rub and try to rip it out? But the site is working beautifully so you don't want to pull it?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This Is Real

I wrote this last night. About 10pm. With absolutely no intention of posting it. But today, I took another look at what I'd written. It's real. It's what happened. And I try to be honest on this blog. So here it is.

This is real. This is what it's like to live with disordered eating and diabetes. 

Spent an emotional weekend helping prepare my grandparents' house to be sold. Coping last night and today by binge eating. A lot. This is the worst binging episode I've had in years. 

Here I sit, with a self-inflicted bg of 426. Feeling like crap, trying not to let the guilt win. I know that this too shall pass, but it sure feels shitty right now. I'm so angry at myself. Absolutely furious. 

This is real. This is what it's like sometimes.

Today has been a better day. If you ever feel this way, please know you are not alone. And it's ok to seek help. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Walking" to Las Vegas!

Last year, I flew to Las Vegas to join Sara and George in the JDRF walk to cure diabetes. Go team TriSaraTops!

Photo courtesy of Sara Nicastro

This year, I'm not able to be there in person. But I want to support Sara and help her reach her goal. So I am virtually "walking" to Vegas!

Flyer created by the fabulous Sara Nicastro.

The walk is only 16 days away. I don't expect to raise as much as last year. But every little bit helps. No amount is to small. I strongly believe in what the JDRF does. Not only research towards a cure, but treatment and prevention too.

Will you help me reach Vegas? Thank you.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Best of the 'Betes Blogs: September 2014

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird 
I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns." - George Eliot

Autumn is my favorite season. No contest. So I'll sit here all cozy with some tea and read some dblog posts. I think I can handle that. 

Best Use of Humor: Diabetes is hard, but Catherine points out some good things about diabetes.

Best Vlog: Melissa is one of my favorite people. Ever. Check this out and see why. And this. And this. Basically all of her parody videos are the best.

Best Use of Photography: Break out the tissues. A beautiful post celebrating an amazing girl and an amazing dog. So much adorableness.

Best Advocacy: This one is a tie. I couldn't choose. Reva shares a story of advocating for herself at her endocrinologist's office. And Craig advocates for all people with diabetes by educating a local politician. Both are advocacy. and both are important.

Best Story of a D-Meetup: This story from Alexis gives me chills. Even chance meetings can be important. The power of "me too."

Best Post by a Type 1: Thank you, Dayle, for sharing this story with us. Love you.

Best Post by a Type Awesome: However you feel about beauty pageants, Hallie explains why seeing an insulin pump in the Miss America pageant matters to her.

Best Motivational Post: George has a way with words. This post lifts my spirits a lot.

Best Diabetes Art: Heather's idea brought vividly to life by Mike Lawson.

Best Comments: There are a lot of great comments on Kerri's post, but Ria's is especially awesome.

Thanks to the other nominees and those who nominated!

Grab that button and display it proudly. And thanks for helping me catch up on some reading.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

So Behind!

Hi there.

Still here. Still have diabetes. Just haven't been blogging for a while. I've just my life. Connecting with the Diabetes Online Community in other ways. And I don't feel like that's a bad thing.

But I do miss writing. And have some stories to share. But those can wait.

I am SO BEHIND on DBlog reading! So behind. Will you help me catch up? 

I am hosting Best of the Betes Blogs this month. Woot! Give me a lot of posts to read! Nomination is super easy. Just fill out the form and submit. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday, October 1st (technically, that's the 2nd, but you get the drift. So you still have over 24 hours to nominate.

Help a girl out and point me to some good posts. And thanks!

Thursday, June 12, 2014


I blame my new flip flops.

Something has irritated the skin between my big toe and its neighbor on my right foot. It's nothing major, just a bit annoying.

Part of me is relieved I can feel the discomfort on my foot. How morbid is that?

Oh, how diabetes messes with our heads.