The Gift of Diabetes: The Good Its Done

Melissa Dawn
By Melissa Dawn Latest Reply 2008-12-26 09:02:44 -0600
Started 2008-12-24 12:06:35 -0600

First off, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I love this time of year and the joy of the season. It always makes me reflect on all the good things in my life.

It is with that in mind that I want to point out the good things diabetes has done for me. I was diagnosed about 15 years ago. I think much of how I am (not so much who I am) stems from this disease. I'm a very organized person. I'm careful to dot my i's, cross my t's and to take notice of the details. The constant management of this disease requires that personality from me. I must be constantly aware of my body, always have a game plan, and always be prepared for uncertain moments.

As part of good control, I've been more concerned about exercise and eating habits. I believe I eat healthier than the average American — mainly because of my diabetes. I'm more aware of changes in my body and therefore am more careful about preventing them. This has kept me thin, trim, and (ironic as it sounds) healthy.

I'm a happy person. I have a disease, but I am not my disease. I think its important to sometimes reflect on how our challenges have made us stronger. I know I'm very fortunate. I have a supportive and loving family. I have been taught how to manage and care for myself, but I have others who will help me maintain and keep my goals.

I know I'm not the worlds perfect diabetic — but each day I learn a little more and hopefully get a little better.

Once again, Merry Christmas. Enjoy the season.

2 replies

GabbyPA 2008-12-26 09:02:44 -0600 Report

You are spot on! Yes, I owe much of my change in lifestyle, healthier habits and new found passion for life to a disease. How ironic indeed. I like what you shared about how you have a disease, but you are not the disease. That is so very true. It has molded me and given me purpouse, but it is not all of who I am. I had written a discussion several months ago "I owe it all to being Diabetic" There were many inspiring stories shared there as well.

2008-12-24 12:46:37 -0600 Report

I think you have a very good, positive attitude and I'm glad to hear it. So many people, when they hear they are diabetic, think it's the end of the world. If you take care of yourself and do what you need to do to stay healthy, you will have a long, productive life. Good for you!!!!