Ninjabetic

The highs and lows of a Ninjabetic life

Monday, 13 June 2016

Diabetes week 2016

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It's Diabetes Week and this year's theme is 'Setting the Record Straight'. This means patients, carers, professionals and charities are taking to the streets (and the online streets) to dispel myths around diabetes. Join the Diabetes Online Community (#DOC) in telling your stories, experiences, facts and videos and help set the record straight about what diabetes is and what it is like to live with. 

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Losing Weight for all the Wrong Reasons




It was a few months ago, in March, that my weight was at the forefront of my mind. When I should have been buzzing about visiting Budapest for the first time, or researching my favourite topic (diabetes of course) for my dissertation, I was distracted by the media as it jumped on the bandwagon and shone a bright spotlight on our diabetes world...

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Seeing Beyond Diabetic Retinopathy


According to Time hop, five years ago today was a very important moment in my life, although at that time I couldn’t see past the fear and uncertainty I was facing. I had come to a dead end and I couldn’t see my future ahead of me...

Continue reading my column at The Diabetes Times.

Laura/Ninjabetic x 

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Monday, 6 June 2016

Review of the new Carbs and Cals books




A few weeks ago the lovely people at Carbs and Cals contacted me to see if I wanted to provide feedback on their new books; Carb and Calorie Counter, Smoothies and Salads. Of course I said yes straight away, these would be the perfect tools to aid my new diet/exercise and overhaul of my diabetes/gastroparesis management, all rolled into three delicious looking books! (cont)

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

How to insert Abbott's Freestyle Libre sensor





My long overdue YouTube tutorial showing you how to insert the Abbott Freestyle Libre sensor and start it up! Click on the pic to watch, enjoy and please leave comments and feedback!



Laura x 
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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

A letter to my 16 year old self...




Dear 16 year old me,

One day everything will change for you. You may not feel it now, or for a very long time in fact, but one day everything will start to get better. I promise you that.

You’ve just been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. You’re scared, angry, confused and currently you’re very much in denial about your condition. You’re hiding away from it as much as you possibly can and at the same time you’re trying to fight it, to protect yourself and your family from the way it makes you feel. It’s exhausting, isn’t it? Each day is an ever weakening battle to muster up the energy to move, to think, even to smile, but you but you carry on regardless because you don’t know what else you should do. You don’t really understand what it entails, what this diagnosis will bring, and what you do know of it has frightened you enough to make you want to run as far as you possibly can and hide from it... (cont)


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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Let's talk about sex (and diabetes), baby!




"I thought about my own knowledge when it comes to sex and diabetes and realised that this page seemed to be missing from the book. You know that giant dusty diabetes book that most of us edit and adapt in our own unique way..."

It's time to grab a tea or coffee, maybe a biscuit too (go on, treat yourself!) and settle down on the sofa to read more about sex and diabetes in my latest column for The Diabetes Times.


Laura x
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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

It's okay to be selfish




I’ve realised recently that it’s okay to occasionally be selfish. 

I’ve realised that saying yes isn’t always a good thing and that by occasionally saying no I’m taking better care of myself. 

I’ve realised that the activities I enjoy can be difficult to get pleasure from if I don't think about my own needs as well as others.

I’ve realised that comparing myself to others is destructive and can impact on me physically and emotionally... (cont)


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