For years, I have been considering creating a diabetes boot camp. It started out as a joke. Wouldn’t it be great if I could enroll my child in a boot camp and he would suddenly get it? Many people reached out and said that they would love to be able to be a part of something that would allow them to regain their focus on their diabetes care.
This has had me thinking and wondering. How it would work? Could I really create something that would help?
What is a boot camp?
According to Google, a boot camp is a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training. Diabetes is a long game but perhaps, a few days of intensive discussion and sharing could make a difference.
I envisioned a space where we would take 10 days to look at basic diabetes care techniques, the emotional toll of living with diabetes, creating an exercise plan, and finding ways to help with the financial stress of the disease.
What is diabetes boot camp?
I imagined that camp would allow people the opportunity to review the basics of diabetes care, set new goals, and ideally, refocus your life with diabetes.
We would talk about blood glucose monitoring, insulin, and ketones.
- What should you be using to monitor your blood sugar?
- Why should you be monitoring your blood sugar?
- What do the various blood sugar readings mean?
- How to interpret the blood sugar the information that you receive?
- What type of insulin are you using?
- How does insulin work?
- What method of delivery are you using? Is it right for your lifestyle?
- What are ketones and when you should check for them.
Dealing with the emotional toll of daily diabetes care
I thought it would be great to take time to look at the emotional toll of diabetes care. Coping mechanisms and tools will be shared. Resources will be provided. You will also be able to support one another in a private Facebook group as well as during a group online support session.
The importance of exercise
Exercise can help to improve your mental health and can also assist in lowering blood sugar levels. I pictured looking at how you could add an exercise routine into your daily life.
Finally, it would be important look into financial resources. To examine programs that are available to help reduce the financial strain of life with type 1 diabetes and share ideas that can help you.
What I did create
The idea of a Diabetes Bootcamp was something that I thought would be wonderful. Over time, I began to realize that this would only be the tip of the iceberg. What would happen after those 10 days?
That is when I realized that creating a new membership program would offer support and information on an ongoing basis!
The Resource Library
The Diabetes Resource Library is a program that provides you with access to new and informative articles and downloads each month. It is designed to help you improve your life with diabetes by offering support in a Facebook group and tools in a resource library!
How to get started
The Resource Library isn’t for everyone but we hope that, with your help, we can expand and grow to provide the information and resources that you need to live your best life with diabetes.
If you are looking for new tools and awesome support, join us today!
Watch for our 10 Day Diabetes Challenge filled with tips to help you improve your life with diabetes!