This month has been Diabetes Awareness Month. You’ll probably have noticed us lovely people who have diabetes, have been advocating the condition, and trying to educate others, about what we go through on a daily basis. I love how involved everyone has been, this month.
As I write this post, I am a week away from flying out to Vancouver, to attend the World Diabetes Congress. The whole of this year has been all about the build up to this event. At one point, I thought I wasn’t going to be well enough to go. My world would have fallen to pieces if I hadn’t been able to go. Nevertheless, my flight is booked, I have my UK flag in hand, and I am ready to meet the hundreds of other people from around the world, who are just like ME.
Next year, I’m throwing myself into a project to make living with diabetes, less of a burden to us young people. I consider myself lucky that I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 23. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult it must be for young children and their families, who grow up with the condition. Any child with diabetes that I have met, is an utter hero, in my mind.
In lieu of World Diabetes Day, this post is an acknowledgment of how incredible people with diabetes, really are. I have come to believe that diabetes makes each and every one of us amazing, in one way or another. The thousands of injections we endure throughout our lives; the ability to calculate how many carbs we’re eating and how much insulin we need; the strength to simply get through the day with our blood glucose levels in range. WE ARE GREAT.
“I love having diabetes, it rocks my world” – said no one, ever.
Diabetes isn’t fun and most of the time, I wish I didn’t have it. I’m pretty sure a lot of people feel this way, what with the amount of crap we have to put up with on a day to day basis. No one likes injecting, it hurts. No one likes calculating how many carbs they’re having, they want to get stuck in and stuff their faces. No one likes to wake up in the middle of the night, in a hot sweat and mouth as dry as a dessert. I for one, like my sleep. So, let me, diabetes!
At the end of the day, we have diabetes and until they pinpoint that cure, there’s no chance of it going away. However, by no means does that mean we have to suffer with it. Next time you’re feeling run down or let down by the fact that you have diabetes, remember that you are not alone. There are millions of people like you and each and every one of you deserve to feel GREAT about you deal with your diabetes, regardless of what ‘dealing with it’ actually means.
Forget the bad days, the highs and the lows. Forget the cheesecake you didn’t remember to inject for. Forget the times you couldn’t be bothered to check your BG levels. YOU ARE GREAT. You are here on this earth, living with diabetes. You my friend, have made it to another day. Give yourself a pat on the back, get out the party blowers and celebrate your existence. Diabetes is a tough condition to live with, that sometimes gets us caught in a downward spiral. We’re not to blame for anything that happens in terms of our sugar levels. We’re not to feel guilty about our sugar levels. Living with diabetes is bloomin difficult!
If you made it this far along the blog post, give yourself a virtual high five. In fact, give yourself another one for being you. November is a big month for the world of diabetes, and thanks to the online community, we have the opportunity to make a big fuss of ourselves. We have diabetes, and we’re dealing with it. Let’s jump and shout from the rooftops about that!
Slice of cake, anyone?