You are GREAT!

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?

September: 10 things

1.       A good old fashioned library. As a child, I loved nothing more than a trip to the library with my mum and sister. Every school holiday, I’d be there, eager to pick out my books in the morning, and as soon as I got home (after scoffing my cake from the nearby bakery), I’d be settled in my nest, reading away. A few months ago I signed up to my local library, but didn’t take any books out, until recently. And oh my. What a pleasure. Having been unwell for too long, I’ve spent my waking hours reading. Thank goodness for libraries, I say!

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2.      A reason to get dressed up. It feels like yonks since I had a reason to pretty myself up, slap on some makeup and dance the night away. Ok so I didn’t quite have the energy to dance the night away, and I didn’t feel like I’d put 100% effort into my hair and makeup. However, I got to wear a dress. And pretty shoes! Oh so pretty shoes…that I managed to not fall over in.

3.       Roast dinners. The way to my heart is through my stomach. Seriously. The day I realised my IBS would stop me eating parsnips and normal gravy, was a very sad day. However, my mum makes the most stunning roast dinners and I’m sorry, but she’s probably better at roast dinners than your mum is. So neh.

4.       An approved Canada visa. So, guess who kinda forgot that this was coming around very soon? Yup. I’ve been so wrapped up trying to recover from being ill, that I haven’t had the energy or motivation to get myself sorted for my trip to Vancouver in November. But have no fear, I have an approved visa, travel insurance and all relevant documentation has been completed. In 54 days I will be on that plane, yippee!

5.       Oh my, who thought I could be so excited by a heated towel rail? A sign I’m getting old? No, just a sign that I LOVE warm towels when I get out the shower! I’m very very grateful to the plumber who fitted this for us!

6.       Crochet. As a child, I wasn’t very creative. I couldn’t can’t draw. My colouring was is terrible, I couldn’t keep within the lines. Just give me a book or a board game, and I’ll be quiet for hours! These days, I’m a big fan of finding new hobbies. A couple of years ago, I taught myself to knit. This month, I’ve taught myself how to crochet. Thanks to Mummy Douglas, I’ve been getting into ye old ‘Art of Crochet’ magazine.

Shut_the_box7.       Shut the box. I got stupidly excited when I found this game in the shops, recently. My wonderful Nanny Jane bought the travel version when I was about 6 years old, and I loved it. Even if I didn’t have anyone to play it with, I’d be happy playing on my own. Sure, it’s only a simple game that doesn’t last very long, but I love it. Such happy memories of playing this game.

 8.       Sophisticated teacups and saucers. Yes, I know I’m not really helping the whole ‘old age’ theme, but isn’t this the cutest cup and saucer? I love a good cup of tea. I love it even more when it’s in a cup like this.

 9.       Just Giving. When I’m in Vancouver, I’ve put my name down to run the 5k IDF race. So I’ll be running in the cold. Probably in the rain. Perhaps n the snow. Eek. I set up my Justgiving page just on the off chance that I could raise £50 for Diabetes UK. I’ll be honest, £50 would be pushing it, I thought. Wow. There are a lot of lovely people out there, who have helped me to reach £130. If you can sponsor me, there’s still time. Just click this lovely little link to do it online. Or talk to me?

 5 mins peace10.   5 minutes peace book. Ok so technically I haven’t bought it just yet, but I’ve been saying for weeks that I’m going to…5 minutes peace is a book I had when I was a child. I loved it. I’ve discovered recently from living with a smelly boy man that I sympathise with the mother elephant in the story. 5 minutes peace, what a wonderful thing that would be! Even though it’s just the two of us living together and I love him to bits, will I ever get 5 minutes to myself?