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.
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