With the support and guidance of CDN, I had the privilege of attending the 2021 Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) conference. Due to the pandemic, the conference was held virtually.
One talk that I found interesting was “Too Good? The Potential Dangers of Perfectionism in Diabetes.” In this talk Dr. Kersti Spjut and Alexis Skelley addressed perfectionism in diabetes care and why it doesn’t work. Many of us living with diabetes believe that being hard on ourselves will deepen our discipline, leading to enhanced diabetes management. However, as explained in this talk, a perfectionistic mindset can actually backfire and lead to avoidance of diabetes management due to fear of failure.
One aspect of the ADCES conference that I valued was the focus on the overall wellbeing of those living with T1D. Many of the talks focused on the question of “how can we enhance the lives of those living with T1D today.” This question led to numerous talks addressing the psychology of living with chronic illness and how healthcare professionals can help patients change their way of thinking to live more peaceful lives with chronic illness. Acknowledging the challenge and managing T1D to the best of our ability is likely a kinder and more peaceful approach. A huge thank you to CDN for the opportunity to attend the 2021 ADCES conference!