What do we get wrong when we talk about mental health?
Mostly everyone misses that it is necessary to deal with the world of today. We all could escape the world outside before the trends of social media and the 24/7 reach of others opinions reaching into your pocket with smartphones.
Today people have to deal with the influence of peer pressure from the time they can read and get a phone out of their parents. Mental health needs to be a daily topic we are all comfortable with.
Why did you name your blog Diabetic Cyborg?
I basically just fell into it and it suck. I am a hardcore fan of sci-fi TV and movies. I just know that my Medtronic Minimed 670G is called an artificial pancreas.
I know from TV and movies that people with artificial origins and body parts are called cyborgs, so I by definition are a Diabetic Cyborg.
Why did you choose to be so open about your health on the internet?
Why not be so open? It’s hard to relate and discuss our lives when trying to hide things about our lives. I just tell it like it is and hope to show who I am. I cannot expect everyone to understand or love me if I am hiding things from those I want to like my posts.
I go deep into what is happening and what I a thinking and it is too hard to try to hide things. I honestly see it as dishonest and wrong if I am not totally out there with everything I am. I have a responsibility to my readers. I call them my digital family now.
I don’t lie or hide things from family, digital or real life.
What’s one thing you wish everyone knew about being a diabetic? That diabetes is genetic. You are either diabetic or not diabetic. Your pancreas works, or it does not work. I was Type 2 at first, but that changed in September 2017 when my endocrinologist did blood tests.
She found that my pancreas made no insulin. Eating and living a certain way does not make your pancreas stop working. It can make things worse, but not cause the illness.
Who do you go to when you’re needing support and guidance?
My mother mostly provides all guidance I need from the lessons her mom taught her. I get support from my anyone in my immediate family or digital family. I, also, can talk myself into being optimistic and supportive.
Self-talk can be destructive it you let it, but it can be a great asset if you are in the right state of mind.
When was the last time you practiced self-care and why is self-care important to you?
AI practice self-care daily. I mostly just think about my life and what I overcame to get a master in art in history, and how I fought off the doubts that came with comprehensive exams. That diploma hangs in our hall and I walk by it at least 20 times a day. That is great thing that helps me.
It is important practice it since the time in my life that I undertake high things like diplomas and college classes is over. I focus on the weekly task of blogs and vlogs that need writing and shooting.
I know everyone will say that I can do anything I set my mind to, but I have to be real. I have two chronic illnesses that limit the stress I can deal with, and the physical tasks I can take on.
I gave up driving for safety after all. I loved driving. I drag raced at a local drag strip on weekends in the early 2000’s . I just did not feel safe driving anymore. I did not want to wind up killing someone out of my stubborn belief that I was okay driving still.
What’s something that’s been bringing you joy lately?
Our rescue puppies Lola and Maggie mostly. Lola is a min-pin mixed breed that looks like a yorkie, and Maggie is a terror mix of some kind. They are fun and always make me smile.
I usually can escape into Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe movies or any season of Doctor Who when I need a quick escape from reality.
What’s something that’s been pissing you off lately?
I get more disappointed or let down than angry. I tired to get that emotion out of my system. The constant fear of losing my health care insurance. That is a source anxiety that is always there with the current party in power in DC. My medications average 8,000 to over 10,000 dollars before insurance.
I have the real fear of running for Canada and claiming medical asylum if the affordable care act is totally killed and I am no longer insured. I was once “private pay,” but that was before Type 1 diabetes, and the pump, and relapse and remitting multiple sclerosis. Anxiety is the biggest emotion I lately.
What’s something you’re currently working on that’s both super challenging and exciting?
The most challenging is maintaining my health and mental health. The most exciting is my weekly blogs and vlogs. I feel that I am actually making people’s lives better with my posts.
I guess their problems seem less challenging. I feel that I accomplish something when someone mentions me in their posts or comments that I help put their lives in perspective.
The feeling of achievement I get when I know I helped someone get through their own struggles with anxiety or stress is amazing.
When was a time that self-doubt was at its worst for you while on your career and life journey?
My broken hip in September 2013 was a tough time for my life and career paths. My aid was suspended since I had to drop my first semester of grad school.
My broken hip repair meant I could not ride in a car for 6 weeks.
I questioned if my academic quest for a graduate diploma was foolish at the time. I wound up getting the MA since I was allowed to get aid again that to my advisor fighting for me. I made sure to thank her until I graduated in August 2016.
My career path is really my academic journey. I never worked more than 3 or 4 months for anyone. Last time that was substitute teaching, and that lead to my first MS “spark” of brain lesions. The stress was way more than I can take on now.
Imagine that all your life’s work disappeared and you only had 1 minute to tell the world what you truly believe to be true. What would you say?
I believe in being kind as possible and being the best person you can be. Optimism is a frame of mind you fight for. Life is short in a historical point of view and can be horrible if you let it be. The world is over 3 billion years old. Humans live to be less than 100 on average. You live for your fellow humans that live in your lifetime. Be as kind and helpful to other cohorts of your lifetime as possible. Do you really think anyone thing you do will be remembered historically? The least you can do is leave a good impression on the people you are living with on the mud ball called Earth.
What’s something you’re working to unlearn?
I believe in being kind as possible and being the best person you can be. Optimism is a frame of mind you fight for.
Vanity is something I am unlearning. I still care too much about worthless things. Social media and the internet in general have give us all the ability think of ourselves as too important to be who we are.
Adam personifies hope. In 2017, he was diagnosed with relapse and remitting multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes. They made for a total new approach to life, and he realize his chronic illnesses are truly a blessing in disguise. Instagram. Twitter. Website.