Dreams

Starry20
By Starry20 Latest Reply 2011-08-03 00:24:38 -0500
Started 2011-06-01 14:30:04 -0500

I have had a dream to go to Alaska and live in one of the smaller villages because I would like to be a photographer… Maybe even going into the big sled race they have.. But my brother said "that's not going to happen." when I asked y he simply replied "because of your diabetes" then he quickly covered himself with "it's cold, you'll get frost bite" but I won't let that discourage me… Just because I can, I want everyone who comments to be truthful, after your diagnoses, did u give up a dream? Did you let people discourage you? Or did you stand up to them and presue your dream… (and now I still want to be a part time photographer, but also a 3rd grade teacher, I want to make a difference with people, and I like little kids, but pictures too) just wanted to know…


19 replies

calif granny
calif granny 2011-08-03 00:24:38 -0500 Report

Don’t let anyone crush your dreams. I spoke to my cousin just this week. She lives in Alaska and has for close to 20 years. She has diabetes. She is a nutritionist at a local hospital. Alaska is just another place. You may have to be a little more careful. You need to follow your dreams. Does that mean you can’t live where it is really hot? Or too dry? Family members have a way of putting a bummer on things. He could just be jealous. You go girl. You will make a difference no matter what you do. You are going to be a fantastic photographer, no matter where you live. But don’t give up. Thanks

roshy
roshy 2011-06-09 11:46:38 -0500 Report

ah to keep the dream has all got to do with motivation!!
ask yourself, do you have diabetes or does diabetes have you??
I have done the same in the past, questioned myself, will i be able to travel in the future, sustain a good job and relationship, will i be able to have children and a family of my own?? the answer is simple, if others can, then so can i !!
My dad travelled all over the middle east and worked in colleges , played the guitar in groups, he raised three children and had a successful marrage!! he has had diabetes since he was seven ! he got his masters and his journey and destination was not determined by his condition, it just followed along beside him.

Look at all the people living out their dreams with diabetes, sports stars, rock stars, actors!! ( oh the joy of google) If alaska is your dream then just feckin go for it!! how would you feel if your life slipped away and your condition controlled your right to flourish as a person!! youd be pretty pixxed off with yourself!

best of luck !

roshy
roshy 2011-06-09 11:46:57 -0500 Report

ah to keep the dream has all got to do with motivation!!
ask yourself, do you have diabetes or does diabetes have you??
I have done the same in the past, questioned myself, will i be able to travel in the future, sustain a good job and relationship, will i be able to have children and a family of my own?? the answer is simple, if others can, then so can i !!
My dad travelled all over the middle east and worked in colleges , played the guitar in groups, he raised three children and had a successful marrage!! he has had diabetes since he was seven ! he got his masters and his journey and destination was not determined by his condition, it just followed along beside him.

Look at all the people living out their dreams with diabetes, sports stars, rock stars, actors!! ( oh the joy of google) If alaska is your dream then just feckin go for it!! how would you feel if your life slipped away and your condition controlled your right to flourish as a person!! youd be pretty pixxed off with yourself!

best of luck !

Gimpalong
Gimpalong 2011-06-02 18:29:15 -0500 Report

Hi Raven, I hope that you don't let the negative remarks keep you from fulfilling your dreams. You could always be a third grade teacher who either teaches her class about photography, or you could take lots of pictures of them, as well as the beautiful scenery. Sure it's cold in Alaska, but they sell parkas up there to wear. lol If you gave up on your dream, you'ld still have to take care of your diabetes, so why not take care where you'll be happy, and follow your heart. I'm sure that if you don't, then you'll always wonder what might have been. I wish you the very best at whatever you do with your life. I'll be thinking of you and praying that all goes well for you.

Bigs hugs,
Nancy

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-06-01 23:04:41 -0500 Report

Hi Raven,

I think that it is really important to have a vision for the future. Sometimes a medical diagnosis can cause us to have to modify the original version of our dream, to make some changes to it so that it fits with what we need to do for our self care. But it doesn't mean that the dream can't be realized in some way. Life is all about trade-offs, but it is also about deciding what it is that we really want and looking at the best, and the most realistic path, to getting there.

If what you really want to do is to make a difference in other people's lives, you will find the best possible way to do it. You have already started on that road by sharing with your friends on Diabetic Connect.

Gary

Kuai Princess
Kuai Princess 2011-06-01 22:06:38 -0500 Report

Absolutely! Go for your dreams. Do you know anything about Will Cross? Go to www.willcrossmotivates.com He has T1 and has done some amazing feats in the COLD! As for me. . . Dreams keep me alive. Keep your eyes on the goal and the way will become clear. Sometimes the shape that our dreams take is different then we expect. . . But always better if you follow your heart!

Tigereyze209
Tigereyze209 2011-06-01 21:54:41 -0500 Report

I'll be honest, I was wondering for a moment how your dream was related to diabetes.. though not every post, in my opinion HAS to be about the condition… but I am pleasantly surprised and impressed how you related it quickly.
Sadly, I do have some dreams that I have had to give up on due in direct part to bad life choices. (lost love comes to mind the quickest) Not staying in college to finish my degree is another. Not making, or keeping friends; getting out of the army after only serving six years instead of retiring, and other, more personal choices I will not relate here.

Gimpalong
Gimpalong 2011-06-02 18:21:27 -0500 Report

I'm sorry that you weren't able to fullfil some of your dreams. You don't look like you're too old to go back to college, or do something about making and keeping friends. I have found that most old friends are glad to hear from us and want to continue the relationship. We just have to make the effort to get out there and try. I know that it puts me in a vulnerable position, but when the effort has been made, and I'm either rejected or welcomed, at least I know that I tried. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and take care of yourself. I like your cat.

Big hugs and prayers,
Nancy

Tigereyze209
Tigereyze209 2011-06-06 22:11:55 -0500 Report

Thank you one and all for your kind words of encouragement. No, one always has the choice of taking the left over broken pieces of their lives, and making something beautiful out of it. I still move forward, and though progress is slow, at least I am moving. As long as one draws breath, you can always better yourself. I almost hate to use the word, hope, and there is a strong implication of random chance, and I am more a believer in work and preparation and opportunity.

If she could respond, my vain cat would probably eat up all of the attention you give her, but luckily, she can't. Still, compliments appreciated.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-01 14:58:09 -0500 Report

Hello
If you have the money go have fun just know every thing there is a lot more then it is in the lower 48
if it is a dream and you are able to do it then do it I know I will lol
Bestr wishes
Harlen

Starry20
Starry20 2011-06-01 16:41:29 -0500 Report

Harlen
Thank you for your hope in all dreams, I have been saving up since I can remember… College and that trip… I have noticed you are always a positive person in all comments… Keep it up!! :)