I can, I can, I CAN!

So, it’s Diabetes Blog Week and I am very happy to be involved. There have already been some great posts for today’s Theme – I Can (#ICan on Twitter).

Diabetes is tough, it’s a rollercoaster, and at time makes you want to pull your hair out. As much as my life is affected by my diabetes, diabetes does not define me and it does not rule the way I live my life. That is why I think today’s theme is heart-warming. So, here goes…

I can still live my life, even though I have diabetes. I can go out to eat, I can socialise, I can go on holiday. I can do anything I like. Sure, I have to carry a whole load of equipment around with me. Sure I might have a hypo in the middle of the supermarket. But I don’t care. Even with diabetes, I can live a (relatively) normal life.

I can accept that my diabetes will sometimes be a guessing game. I have to give my body credit, I have a broken pancreas. The rest of my body is doing the best it can. When I have a ‘bad diabetes’ day then, I can accept that there will seem to be no logic to why my sugars are high or low. I know that I can accept that I’m having a bad day, and tomorrow is a new day.

I can look after myself. Diabetes can have many complications. The complications don’t always arise as a result of poor treatment of diabetes. These things just happen. At the moment, I’m lucky to not have any diabetes-related complications. To try to prolong the onset of these complications, I can look after my body. I can make sure I get the 15 checks, recommended by Diabetes UK. I can keep in contact with my Diabetes Care team, should I need them. I can treat my body well, not abuse it. I can do my best to keep my body running fit for as long as possible!

 

Finally, I can look to the Diabetes Online Community to get me back on track, when I’m having a bad diabetes day. I’ve made some incredible friends in the DOC in the past 2 years, and what I love, is that we are all there for each other. It’s pretty much guaranteed that if I’m having a bad diabetes day, someone else will be, too. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this crazy diabetes world.

 

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