National Diabetes Month 2017

I always complain that November is the only month of the year that people care about diabetes… But this year I was ready for them, and it was amazing!

Seriously amazing. World Diabetes Day was on the 14th November (Tuesday this week) and I am so fired up about all the possibilities to make a positive impact for people with diabetes in South Africa. Here’s a round-up of interviews from this week:

The most wonderful advice

I just stumbled on this article and it is just fabulous – funny, kind, superb advice. Take a look: Caitlin Moran’s Posthumous Advice for Her Daughter.

A few favourite excerpts include:

A different way to gift this Christmas

I’m proud to say that although there are still 6 weeks till Christmas, I’ve finished all my Christmas shopping. I would say, “somebody give me a prize!” except that when I told my mom this yesterday, she said she’s also finished all her Christmas shopping – and wrapped all the presents! Crikey. Somebody give her a prize!

The reason this Christmas is so stress-free is not (only) because my mom and I love being organised, but because we’re approaching Christmas differently this year…

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The joy of public speaking

I’ve always loved speaking in front of an audience. As a child, I think this is because I was inherently a show-off (when I wasn’t curled up somewhere with a book) and telling stories about my experiences has always been one of my favourite things to do.

Only now, it’s the grown-up version…

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The best moment of the day

When Mark and I went on our amazing trip around South-East Asia and South America, we did a daily short video called ‘The best moment of the day’. In it, we highlighted something amazing that had happened that day – something we’d seen or eaten or experienced. The other day I found the playlist online: 96 of the best moments from our trip. It made me deeply, deeply nostalgic.

But now I have a new version of the best moment of the day…

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A decade of diabetes

Ten years ago today, I was diagnosed with diabetes. It’s been a decade of 5 injections a day, countless fingerprick blood tests, watching what I eat, living with a chronic condition. Somebody bake me a cake!

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A few beautiful things…

It’s Monday morning, the sun is shining, I slept well and I have an extraordinarily exciting week ahead. I am happy.

I am also much more aware, these days, of these moments of happiness. I hold on to them with both hands, because I know that they can be fleeting, and that’s okay… ‘This too will pass’ is supposed to be advice for happy and sad things, isn’t it? Here are a few beautiful things I wanted to share with you. (more…)

Always be a little kinder than necessary

Old J.M. Barrie! Author of Peter Pan. What a smart fellow… I’m taking this as my life advice at the moment. Want to know why?

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The hardest (and sweetest) year of our lives

Ella turned one on Saturday. One! And all our family and friends were like: “Where did the year go?” I was not: I can tell you in painstaking detail where the year went. And that’s not a negative reflection, just a fact. It has without doubt been the hardest year Mark and I have ever had. But also absolutely the sweetest.

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How I learnt to be a family

Oh my my, but there are so many parenting traps I didn’t anticipate! So many potential things to do ‘wrong’, ways to mess up your kid without even noticing, layers and layers of judgement about your parenting style if you buy into that (I do not). But if there’s one thing I’m certain I do well as a parent, it’s be a family. Let me explain… (more…)

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