Why You Need to Take a Break From Diabetes

Welcome! I am Helen Edwards, writer and blogger, diabetes advocate, consultant and speaker. I am also an online retailer of sustainable homewares, podcaster, wife, mama to 3 gorgeous boys, and lover of people and planet.

I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979 when I was 12 years old. I started a website called Diabetes Counselling Online in 2001 as a free online counselling service, supporting people all over the world living with diabetes, and ran this until 2016, when we closed our doors.

When I started way back in 2001, I felt that more needed to be done for the wellbeing and mental health of all people with diabetes. Online counselling was in its infancy in Australia and there was no social media at the time!

So I created my own, with email buddies and a forum and chat room. If you were around then, you may remember those days! Around that time, the world was just starting to realise that diabetes was more than just blood glucose. There started to be small movements towards looking at the person behind the disease.

I was a groundbreaker in this area, and won many grants and awards for my work in diabetes over the following decade, including the Australasian DAWN Award (Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs).

I was able to grow the organisation and we did some amazing work across many years. I was awarded a state finalist spot in the Australian of the year awards in 2016 for this work, and a state finalist spot in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards, in the social good category. I studied type 1 diabetes and pregnancy wellbeing at the PhD level and my first study was published.

In 2012 I won a government grant that allowed us to evaluate our organisation, grow our services and help thousands of people. We also created some brilliant resources, including my children's picture book - Diabetes Can't Stop Me, and an ebook on Diabetes Burn Out. However life changes, and after 15 years and some amazing years helping so many people, it was time for me to focus on my work in sustainable living, and my writing here at Diabetes Can't Stop Me!

This website is now my personal blog, Diabetes Can't Stop Me - a place to get inspired about living a healthy happy life with diabetes. All of the past blog posts and content will be added too over time. You can find us on Facebook here.

Here is a little bit of press around my work.

Diabetes Australia

Uni SA

Diabetes Educator

The Standard

Straight to the Point

Australian of the Year

News.com.au

ABC

Diabetic Living

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*Please remember we do not give personal medical advice or make changes to your diabetes management. Information on this site should not be used for diagnosing or treating diabetes. Nor should information found here take the place of the advice of your doctor or medical team. Always see your diabetes specialist if you have concerns about your diabetes care. Please contact your usual doctor with any urgent medical concerns and/or attend your local Emergency Department in a medical emergency and do not delay. Online information should never take the place of your doctor's advice and care.

Links to information about the medical aspects of diabetes can be found here, but Diabetes Can't Stop Me, Helen Edwards and anyone connected to this website, take no responsibility for any information obtained via any link; or advice provided by another member of the public in discussions held in our Facebook group. It is up to you to make your own decisions about such information provided in these forums.