I am Diabetic Every Day
Everyone has challenges. UNLIKE EVERYONE–our challenge just happens to be a diabetes diagnosis. None of us wanted it, none of asked for it, but here we are. Our daily lives are affected–some pretty severely. We have to test our blood sugar, watch our diet, take medication, take insulin injections, and keep up with insulin pumps and supplies–whatever your regimen is. It takes time. It takes energy. It takes effort and organization and coordination. It’s expensive. I could go on and on. A chronic illness diagnosis can be devastating and shocking. Some people jump right in and get going with their treatment solution, while others remain in denial. Some even fall into depression because of the extra effort required to remain healthy or because they now think of themselves as “damaged” and no longer healthy or because they know that their life will never be the same. They’re right, it won’t, but that doesn’t mean your diagnosis has to result in any less of a life. Chronic illness can have many outcomes, but ours does not have to result in death or disability. It’s manageable. The resulting outcome for each of us will depend on a number of factors:
- How old were you when you were diagnosed?
- What type of diabetes do you have?
- What were your lifestyle habits before your diagnosis?
- How far along had your symptoms and complications progressed before you were diagnosed?
- What effort and care are you able to give yourself going forward?
- Are you a positive, can-do person that doesn’t let much of anything get you down or are you easily defeated? (Just for the record–YOU are NOT easily defeated! I have faith that you can manage your illness and live a great life.)
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