In the past 19 months since I was diagnosed, I have come to realize that it is not only an illness it has become a forced learning session. Just before the doctor gave me this life altering news, I had been able to get two years of college finished. I had already earned almost all of my pre-reqs to start my classes for my nursing degree. When the the college sent my acceptance papers the same day I almost forgot about the diagnosis. I was immediately reminded when the acceptance was rescinded as soon as the diabetes entered the conversation with my adviser. I felt blindsided as I had maintained a 4.0. This soon became a small loss as many other complication to the "D' raised their ugly heads collectively.
I have learned since that; #1- a person can have this for years and not know it. #2- that even though a person has actively cultivated a very healthy diet for many years it doesn't matter a hill of beans. It just takes longer to find. #2- many health problems that have been previously diagnosed as something else, have actually been long range precursors and complications of "D". #4- many doctors know exactly ZIP about "D" an prefer to ignore it's existence unless you fit their profile for the proper diabetic. #5- that unless I actively work to educate myself, I will only damage my own ability to fight the good fight. #6- something new good or bad pops up everyday.
Dealing with this is an exercise in stubborn determination. this is a war I plan to win! I win by learning my enemy.
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