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The Difference a CDE Makes

Jess Buchanan

Abstract

Over the years, my endocrinologist and my CDE have both helped me with my diabetes management, but in different ways. My endocrinologist helped me maintain my physical health. Meanwhile, my CDE helped me with the mental aspects such as diabetes math, searching for patterns, and even discussing burnout.

Diabetes gives me plenty of reasons to get sad or mad or frustrated. I definitely do not need to go in search of those things. But diabetes has also given me a connection to some wonderful people I would have never met without it. I consider my CDE and endocrinologist to be two of those people. This life with diabetes has given me an opportunity to become my own best advocate, and I am so thankful for the health insurance that I have that allows me to have a wonderful health care team behind me.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17125/plaid.2016.70

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