Mar 27, 2013

How Do You Wish To Be Remembered...

I know we've been a little quite here at BHS but not for lack of doing nothing. Sometimes life gets in the way and you just gotta go out and live it. Or unforeseen moves occur for some. Or husbands take the week of so I manage not to get anything done but our downstairs bathroom is almost completely things are busy and good. Recently I've had an Uncle pass away and it left me thinking a few things. 1. I really didn't know him 2. What has he done? Or what will he be remembered for.

This got me thinking. If I were to die tomorrow I want to be remembered for loving my family first and foremost. AND I want to be someone who at least tried to make a difference. I'm not talking about having the biggest crowd at my funeral. I'm talking about leaving a lasting imprint on my family, my friends, my community. If you take all the social media away and all of you never knew me...I still want it said that I fought the good fight. I met with people. I talked with people. I told our family story. I fought diabetes. I fought bleeding disorders. I TRIED to recycle...honestly...I tried. I raised awareness. I made a difference. I'm not trying to pat myself on the back nor am I looking for you to do that for me. I'm trying to raise three kids to carry on my legacy of advocating for their cause, to help others and to make a difference. What good is just living? We should be doing. I know that not all of you are as vocal and in your face as I am and that's totally cool. But you can still make a difference quietly. Maybe it's volunteering at your local diabetes chapter. Having a bake sale and donating the profit to an animal shelter. Shoveling your elderly neighbors driveway. Paying for the cup of coffee for the person standing in line behind you. Whatever it is...don't just be content to breathe...LIVE!

Mar 12, 2013

Introducing Dr. Jen Nash, Clinical Psychologist & NEW Blue Heel Society Team Member

The Blue Heel Society is very happy to introduce yet another in a string of Jen's, Dr. Jen Nash. Jen is a  Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and holds a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, and has graciously agreed to be a part of our continued effort to help bring the specific tools needed to help keep our lives as Bluetiful as can be!

Along with sharing tidbits from her Blog, Dr. Jen will be contributing special Guest Blog post's for us from time to time. We are currently working on other aspects of our new relationship with Dr. Jen, and will be sharing more very soon on what is planned.

Dr. Jen is no stranger to diabetes, as she has been Type 1 since the age of six, so she understands firsthand the trials & tribulations we face with management of diabetes, particularly the impact of managing a chronic condition while maintaining psychological well-being. 

Dr. Jen is also no stranger to the DOC, just another 'hidden Gem' from across the Pond, going beyond the call of duty as she personally helps so many from her offices in London, as well as her numerous Outreach efforts. 

As were the BHS Co-Founders, Diane & Tony, Dr. Jen was selected and featured as a 'World Diabetes Day (WDD) Hero' by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), where she also tells that as a teenager, she developed some problems around her body image and food, and struggled with comfort eating. This led her to purse a life of helping others, and as noted in her WDD Hero award "She is gifted and inspiring, and also very down to earth, real and approachable." We certainly agree! 

Dr. Jen was also a featured contributor in the Book by Dr. Bev Adler "My Sweet Life: Successful Women with Diabetes"

Along with her private practice and Website , Dr. Jen is a regular Speaker for both Patient and Professional Groups, including the 'Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation' on the subject 'Think, Live and Be Positive: The Psychology of Living with Diabetes'.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jen to our Team as our resident Psychologist, C
ontributor, and Professional Maker of Smiles, dedicated to helping navigate the sometimes rough terrain of emotional well being, as we all fight the good fight everyday to be as happy & BLUETIFUL as we can!