My diabetes "mission" in life

By BrookeLauren Latest Reply 2012-05-14 19:24:25 -0500
Started 2012-04-09 03:33:10 -0500

I've had type one diabetes for 5 months now and for some reason I haven't gone through a depressed or sad state yet because of it. At first I thought maybe it was because the realization that I will be doing this for the rest of my life hadn't hit me yet but then I really thought about it and realized it wasn't that at all. What it was was my state of mind.
When I first found out I had T1 diabetes yes, I did ask myself the question "why me?" but I didn't ask "why me? why was I the unlucky one that was destined to live a life of needles and insulin" I asked "why me? Why was I chosen to be the one to help raise awareness and help others" I thought of it as almost a calling from god. I was, in some way, supposed to help others. I still don't know what my "calling" is. Am I supposed to help others more fully understand diabetes or am I supposed to one day help children with diabetes be able to cope with it? Maybe it isn't one of those reasons, I don't know. What I do know is that I was given this for a reason and one day I will know why.
I'm not saying that you should never be sad about it, everyone has a breaking point and everyone gets sad about it every so often but don't let the sadness and depression control you.
I tell myself all the time how lucky I am. I have two amazingly loving parents who both care for me so much. I have two sisters who, even tho we don't get along all the time, would do anything for me. And I am so incredibly lucky that diabetes is the only illness I have. I remind myself daily that it could be worse.
Please don't lose sight of everything you DO have and not the things you've lost because of being a diabetic. I love you all :)

9 replies

Set apart
Set apart 2012-04-10 05:44:40 -0500 Report

Thank you for this it is great to see someone young with an attitude like yours. Your words are inspirational and your love for life is awesome as a newbie also the journey has only begun for both of us, may we find the courage and continued motivation to go forward! Blessings and Good Luck!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-09 16:11:10 -0500 Report

Amazing attitude, what a way to see a positive in something out of your control. It is so important to have a good outlook in life, and a goal and you have both:) I started insulin at a young age as well, and you can go on living a normal healty life by staying ontop of your diabetes plan. Depression is not a given, just like getting complications from diabetes isn't either. Eat right, exercise, and keep good numbers and you will continue to be happy with your diabetes.

I'm looking forward to what is ahead.

Caroltoo 2012-04-09 11:39:22 -0500 Report

Lovely attitude. Let's you focus your personal energy on moving forward personally and in your goal of finding out how to use this situation to better other's lives. You have a lot; keep focused on full part of the jar!

GabbyPA 2012-04-09 11:32:56 -0500 Report

How refreshing to hear these kinds of words out of someone so young. It is a great inspiration to all of us. We all deal differently with our diagnosis and the attitude you have will take you so far in a positive direction. Kudos for you. I hope you find your calling and make us all proud!

dnuora 2012-04-09 09:42:14 -0500 Report

i feel the same way, brooke. i was diagnosed with t1 just a couple of weeks ago and apart from a bit of remaining bewilderment -nothing more education and continued support can't fix- i feel more positive than ever. my mindset is strong and good despite a difficult couple of years following a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and a lot of anxiety, and i've been taking much better care of myself physically and mentally since finding out about my diabetes. even though it's a blow to discover a permanent change in my physical health, i can't help but feel like it's been a blessing in a lot of ways.

huffer 2012-04-09 08:55:31 -0500 Report

Good morning Brooke, I am also a T1 diabetic with over 20 years of the disease. You will ,sadly, have some crosses to bear in the future but, with an attitude like yours I am sure you will make it. I personally have nerve damage and diabetic retinapathy, both of which are being controlled by specialists. I have refused to let the disease slow me down. I volunteer at a local veterans hospital and see so much worse that I haven't had time to feel sorry for myself. I have also taken on the path of religion and am a ordained lay minister with a mission at the V. A.
If you are truly called to help children I would advise you to check into the possibilities of being a volunteer, and keep your faith close, God will certainly guide you also. God be with You. Huffer

eristar 2012-04-09 06:18:29 -0500 Report

Good morning, Brooke, and thank you for the inspiring message! I like the idea of not losing sight of the things we DO have, and when I read some other posts, I realize that be being diagnosed T2 only a couple of years ago actually puts me in a better place than I was before, for the simple reason that I feel much better than I have in years, both mentally and physically, because I am eating better and exercising far more! Please check in with us an let us know how tings are going for you, and keep up the good work! Erica

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