To everyone here at Diabetic Connect, I would like to say, "Thank You."
This has been a very exciting, interesting and educating (6) six months.
Every one here has proven to be priceless and invaluable as friends, family and support.
Without your support, understanding and humor, dealing diabetes would have been frustrating, although possible.
( Without You ) …
This is dedicated to all of the diabetics in support groups or roles, aiding others in their time of confusion and need.
Without you, the words, the feelings, the confusion I would have never been able to overcome.
Without you, the first steps, although hard, sometimes small and painful, may have never been taken by myself.
Without you, the meaning and causes of diabetes would have remained a blur.
The desire to know and to understand would not have come and each day would have been darker than the day before.
Without you, the process of trying would have ended with the first stumble and ultimate fall.
But the extended hand and warm smile said,
"Try again," after brushing me off and pointing me in the right direction again and again and again.
Without you, waiting patiently as I learned my lessons, some faster than others, I may have skipped some lessons altogether, creating major setbacks later on in life.
Without you checking up on me, making sure that I was fine, caring for my needs of comfort when necessary, seeking nothing in return.
Taking the time to teach, while enduring your very own pain, yet always managing to smile.
Without you, my journey as a diabetic, may have been brief and disastrous, instead it has been warm, educational, loving and supportive.
Allowing me to appreciate life, my life, even more, making it much more meaningful, understanding and fulfilling.
Without you as the inspiration of success,
the role model that I strive to be like,
to imitate proudly, knowing that I am the proof that what you have shown and instilled in me actually works, making me an extension of you.
Without you, none of this would have been possible.
I must now teach what has been taught,
I must give back what has been gotten,
What I have seen, must now be shown.
One day these very same words will be said to me by another diabetic and I will always remember the person who took my hand and started it all, the one who started this process of hope, and self healing, and that person is you !
It would not have been possible, without you.
And for this, I will be forever grateful.
M.C. Mays Pulliam
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