Dr Gary has a really good article about how to look at diabetes in our lives. I recently told someone in a post to make diabetes a challenge. That is because I thrive on challenges. When I was diagnosed as diabetic and given the medication. The assumption was/is diabetes always progresses and you will need more medication and die from heart disease or failed kidneys earlier than you normally would. My rebellious personality kicked in and I said to myself and my doctor, I am not going that route. I will figure it out. Not everyone has the rebel in them that I do. So I like Dr Gary's way. He says to make it an opportunity. Actually I started out making my diabetes a challenge, but once I figured it out, I turned it into an opportunity. Now looking back over 30 years, I met the challenge and I think Diabetes is the best thing that could have happened to me. My life is more interesting and rewarding than it would have been without diabetes. I apply the same attitude to any health challenge that comes my way. The result is I am perfectly healthy after having diabetes for 30 years.. Getting old and still being vibrant with my mind and thinking ability intact is my current challenge/opportunity. My getting old provides interesting and funny situations.
I look old so people want to do things for me in the stores etc. But I am more fit then they are so I often help them even though they are a lot younger than I am. How much fun is that? I have more energy and stamina than any of my four children. I get much joy and satisfaction out of being a role model. I say look at me I did it so can you. We all have different challenges/opportunities, how we deal with them and the outcome is determined by our attitude.
Thanks Dr. Gary for a great article.
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