Hopefully you watched the “We Can Do This” video featuring people living with diabetes and celiac. As powerful as individual stories are, I think there’s something particularly meaningful from a group effort supporting a single narrative (such as “if we can do this, you can do this”). To that end, here’s another entry in the We Can Do This series. This time we’re talking about diabetes and mental health.
Depression is one of the big issues that people (we) are either afraid to talk about, or choose to ignore until it’s too late. I know that there are plenty of resources out there for people struggling with their diabetes and mental health, but rather than pretend to understand what depression and diabetes can feel like first-hand, I think it’s best to let the video speak for itself rather than speak out of turn.
If you’ve ever considered submitting a video, I highly recommend going through with it. If you think you have a story that’s been told before, that doesn’t matter. Everyone has a story with sharing, and every story deserves to be told. Your contribution to the project might be someone’s tipping point to starting down the path to better (however they define it). I don’t mean to be hyperbolic about all of this, but these videos have the potential to be that meaningful.
To that end, here’s the latest collaboration, covering people with diabetes living with celiac. You should watch it.
Seems like a lot has happened over the past week that I didn’t really get a chance to comment on for one reason or another. Now’s as good a time as any to bundle all of those notes into one post, right? Right.
If you’re reading this and you’re in the Des Moines area, I hope you’re planning on hanging out at the You Can Do This Project booth at TCOYD this Saturday. Kim has done incredible things with the You Can Do This Project and the stories I heard and told at Friends For Life this summer are a testament to the value of support when it comes to diabetes health and overall happiness.
“I wish I could press pause on life right now. This is so awesome.” -Kim Vlasnik, founder of the You Can Do This Project and awesome person. I’ll recap booth events next week but trust when I say that “awesome” doesn’t begin to describe the past week.
Secondly, the You Can Do This Project is up for a micro-grant from the Diabetes Hands Foundation. Kim has all the details on her blog. Go read her post and be sure to check out the other nominees. There are some fantastic ideas there and it’ll be exciting to see what comes of all of this. Obviously I’m especially invested in YCDT but I wouldn’t be part of the Advisory Team if I didn’t believe in the project and the power of “You Are Not Alone”-ness.