Women possess characteristics and experiences unique and different from men. Biological processes such as puberty, menstruation, motherhood and menopause may present challenges to self-management for individuals living with type 1 (T1) diabetes mellitus. In this study, descriptive phenomenology was used to uncover the self-management experiences of nine women aged 22- 30 years living with T1 diabetes. Data collection and analysis occurred simultaneously and followed the methodical structure of van Manen (1997). Study findings revealed five themes: 1) elusiveness of control; 2) dualism of technology; 3) forecasting and maintaining routines; 4) dealing with the “ups and downs”; and, 5) interfacing with the health care team. The essence of the experience for participants revolved around trying to achieve a state of “being in balance.” For these young women, self-management encompassed a desire and need to be in balance with their life and blood sugar levels.
Diabetes, Descriptive Methods, Illness and Disease, Chronic Illness and Disease, Experiences, Lived Experience, Nursing, Phenomenology, Self-Care, Women’s Health Young Adults.
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Visekruna, S., Edge, D. S., & Keeping-Burke, L. (2015). “Being in Balance”: Self-Management Experiences Among Young Women with Type 1 Diabetes. The Qualitative Report, 20(9), 1373-1393. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss9/1