Long time, no post!

October 31st, 2012


It’s been way too long since my last blog post, but I haven’t forgotten about the amazing DOC, and my dBlog! I’ve been super busy with school. As most of you know, I’m in the Health Coach Training Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition this year, and I’ve just reached the half-way point! In fact, I received my mid-point certification, which officially allows me to begin to work with clients professionally! I’m very excited, and have lots of hope about what I will be able to do with this, and where this will lead me. I’m hoping to be able to make a real difference in the lives of people living with diabetes of all types, after living with d myself for over 10 years now and going through a misdiagnosis, MDI, and a few pumps and CGM.

I have learned so much through school at IIN, and know that I will learn so much more before I graduate next May. I am so excited about the knowledge that I’m gaining, and I feel empowered to do so many things. I have so many ideas, so many things that I want to do with this degree to be able to help others. I hope to be able to write more about my programs in detail in the coming weeks. For now, I want to invite you all to visit my health coaching website. If you are interested, I offer a free 50-minute consultation so that we can discuss your goals and how I can help you to achieve your goals. You can email me if you are interested in scheduling a consultation. If you are not local to the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC area, I offer sessions via Skype, FaceTime, Google chat, and phone.

In Diabetes land, I have been doing really well. My BG levels have been mostly cooperative, B”H, and I am rapidly approaching my 11th diaversary. World Diabetes Day, 11-11-12, will mark 11 years of mostly complication-free living with diabetes. Yes, I have neuropathy, but that is more attributed to a thiamine deficiency, and I have visual impairments, related to my pseudotumor cerebri. I can no longer detect a low BG until I’m dangerously low, but I’m thankful for diabetes technology, and my CGM. I’m also very thankful for my insulin pump, which allowed me to gain better control, and get away from multiple, multiple daily injections to maintain some semblance of control. I will write more about my diaversary later.

For now, that is all. I will try to update more frequently. School has kept me from my blog, and things that I love in the DOC, like DSMA, and frequent tweets and Facebook posts, but I will be back soon!

Aliza Chana

4 Responses to “Long time, no post!”

  1. Jeffrey Dach on November 2, 2012 12:20 pm

    The large NIH Diabetes study, ACCORD, was halted early because of higher mortality in the intensive treatment group. This shocked and stunned the medical community because it has always been believed that the closely or “tightly controlled” blood sugar had the best clinical results for diabetes. This was proven wrong. Why did this happen? The answer is obvious. Diabetics are thiamine deficient. High dose insulin drives blood sugar into thiamine deficient cells. The glucose cannnot be metabolized and instead is shunted into alternate pathways creating harmful and damaging metabolites which cause accelerated vascular disease.

    For more:http://jeffreydach.com/2012/10/26/thiamine-deficiency-diabetic-neuropathy.aspx

    jeffrey dach md

  2. Scott K. Johnson on November 2, 2012 1:09 pm

    Thanks for the update, Aliza. Good to hear that all is going well. You’re certainly busy and have a lot happening! It’s all very exciting!

  3. aliza chana on November 4, 2012 1:06 am

    Very interesting! I wish that I’d known this information – along with a lot that I’ve learned over the past several years – 9 or so years ago!

  4. Jessica on December 17, 2012 5:34 pm

    Hi Aliza!

    I received your WDDPE postcard in the mail yesterday :) It was a lovely little surpirse, Thank you! So great to also discover your blog and that you’ve been studying to be a health coach. I just started a blog this year http://www.masteringme.com.au and while its certainly been a rocky year, I have learnt alot and connected with many wonderful people – just like you mentioned.

    I too am looking in to changing my career to be in the health industry so it’s been great to check out your site. All the very best with this new chapter in your life!

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