I was writing to one of our new members and as we spoke, I found another jewel I wanted to share. Here is what I told her:
"I guess the other thing too is to look at what we are dealing with not as a "can't have" life, but a "yes I can" life. What I mean is that if you are always telling people what you can't have, can't do..it gets depressing for you and frustrating for them. What I try to do (not always very successful at it) is emphisise what I CAN have. What I CAN do with them. It helps eliviate the tension that can come when people just don't know what to do. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.
It's like my husband who is in a wheel chair. When he acts like a jerk because someone does something that effects him or his ability to get somewhere I try to remind him that he can be a good example of what a person with disabilities can be. Or he can be a jerk and make people stereo type all people in wheelchairs as jerks…because people do that. Maybe not intentionally, but we all do it. So I try to be the best example of a diabetic I can be."
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