Values

Connection, Compassion and Kindness

 

Practicing gratitude and empathy through mindful understanding 

 

Ahimsa (non-violence)

 

Proactivity through self-study, belief and truthfulness

  

Personal freedom

Vision 

At diagnosis a child and their families suffer both a trauma response and then grief as life adjustment follows. Soon after adjustment we progress into survival mode and the physiological reaction that is ‘fight or flight’. 

 

Through the underlying fear of daily threat of life many of us have been sitting in this response for years and have in-fact trained our bodies and minds to live in a state of continued complexified trauma – this can be true for both the parent and child.

 

As developed by Hans Selye - the general adaption syndrome explains a pattern of responses to trauma

 

Alarm - Initiates fight or flight

Resistance – If the body’s stress continues the body stays activated at a high metabolic level in an effort to manage the stress

Exhaustion – prolonged exposure to the stressor will result in the depletion of our body’s resources – this is what is referred to as Diabetic Burnout

 

Diabetic Burnout is real for people living with T1D and their caregivers. Our system talks of it as to almost expect it.

 

Have we ever been given the tools to move out of our trauma response and prevent burnout? or is it just indicated that when it hit’s they can try and help?

 

Through yogic mindfulness, self-enquiry and learning practical and compassionate care for ourselves and others we can retrain the programming of our system to live in awareness not fear.

 

Through personal experience, compassion and collaboration the ‘Just Like Us’ initiatives vision is to help heal the emotional and physical wellbeing of children living with T1D and their siblings during crucial developmental periods of their lives.