Dead Pancreas Anxiety is a place for the Misfit Diabetics and Mental Illness All-stars to feel less alone. Launching in 2019, Dead Pancreas Anxiety will be a place for those with Type 1 Diabetes and Mental Illness (and their loved ones) to feel at home, to gather resources, and engage with others.

If you have T1D and struggle with mental illness (or love someone who does) it can be difficult to find a place where all the shine and polish is off, where all that is left is #realabetes and truth. And if that happens to be you, let this be your spot. A place that shows the good, the bad, the ugly and all the sticky spots in between, when living with T1D alongside mental illness.

After two decades of T1D and mental health struggles, I was still looking for a place I belonged. I might have a famous cousin in the T1D community (yep, Frederick Banting is my cousin!) but I’m just a normal gal, with a flare for honest writing, some mental health hurdles, and a want to help others.

Too often I came across places within both communities focused on things that I’m just not interested in (fashion and exercise just don’t speak to me) and that left me feeling like I had no place in either. It also left me feeling unable to connect with others. That lack of belonging and connection made me feel like there was something (else) wrong with me, like there was no one else out there like me.

I wanted something real. A place that allowed me to be me and to see others just the way they are: raw and inspiring. A place where it was okay to not be okay. A place with real dialogue about the real challenges, and the taboo topics. A place where I no longer felt alone.

A dear friend once told me, be the change you want to see in the world.

And now, here we are…

DPA is a place where you can read about my personal struggles; my blog posts are honest (complete with the occasional cuss word) and from the heart. I have had Type 1 Diabetes for over 20 years, and I struggle with Persistent Depressive Disorder and several anxiety disorders – things can get messy at times.

It will also be a place where we can share resources to help get you connected with both the T1D community and the mental health community.

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