As told by CMHA North and West Vancouver’s Counselling Coordinator.
Sara is a 41 year old married woman who was diagnosed with Type II diabetes last year. Sara was experiencing high levels of anxiety around the idea of her body “breaking down.”
She was not satisfied with the information about the complexities and complications of this disease or the manner in which the information was provided to her by her GP. Sara was referred into the program by her dietician at the Diabetes Day Centre in West Vancouver.
The primary focus during Sara’s first session was on processing her anger and emotion about being diagnosed. Sara bravely discussed her fears about life with diabetes and the struggles she was having accepting the diagnosis. Sara also shared that her husband was having a hard time with it as well; and that she felt she was being judged.
As we began to address her anger as well as the grief and loss issues of losing part of herself, Sara noticed a shift in her relationship with the disease. Sara began to take on a self-management role. She began to buy more healthy foods and implemented carbohydrate counting. She also started walking 2 to 3 times a week in the evenings.
Sara also realized that as time passed, when her husband asked her about her health and well-being that she didn’t end up crying or getting angry at him. Not only did she feel support from him now, this allowed her husband to share in the preparation of healthy meals.
By the end of our time together Sara’s anxiety had decreased as she felt and demonstrated more control of the management of her diabetes. She also stated her husband was benefiting from eating healthier meals and had lost weight too!
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