It’s been a few years since I participated in Diabetes Blog Week, but I’m back at it again this year!
Here’s the prompt for Day 1, I Can – Monday 5/11 :
In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could? Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?
I talked about my running efforts when I participated in Diabetes Blog Week back in 2012, which is still something that I’m proud to have accomplished (though I have fallen off the wagon lately). But I think the main thing that I’m happy to have accomplished so far is to maintain the health that I have, which includes the lack of serious complications so far. Living over 25 years with diabetes hasn’t always been fun, and, though I know I do have some peripheral neuropathy (mainly in my feet), I don’t suffer from the complications at this point. In fact, the only reason I know I have neuropathy is because I participated in a study at my doctor’s office for a new neuropathy treatment and I barely qualified to participate. Had I not been specifically tested for it, I wouldn’t know I have it.
Another thing I’m sure diabetes has helped with is my weight management. My family jokes that I was a black hole as a child, but, when I was diagnosed, I was put on a strict diabetic diet. I think I would have been a total chunkster (though definitely a cute one!) had I not been on a diet at age 4. :)
As much as having diabetes is a drag, I’m definitely thankful that it’s something that I’m able to manage and, with it, live a relatively normal life!
Since photos are fun, here’s one of me, pre-diabetes, eating a Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream pop like a champ, while my mom plots our course of action for the day. Photo by my dad. Taken at Disney World in December 1987.
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