People will Inspire you

Scott Dunton
By Scott Dunton Latest Reply 2008-08-26 11:28:17 -0500
Started 2008-04-16 20:02:30 -0500

When I was first diagnosed with diabetes I asked "why me?". It turns out being a diabetic has put me in place and with people I would have never gotten to see or meet. I think life is all about how you look at things. Im not one of those people that goes around saying "the glass is half full". The key to life is going around being stoked to have a glass in the first place who cares if it has anything in it. If you look at diabetes like its a big kick in the face then its going to be. If you use diabetes to meet people, to inspire yourself to be something great, use it to prove to all those people that think that diabetes is a debilitating disease that there wrong. I promise you this. If you use diabetes to go around and meet people do something with your local JDRF or diabetes group you will meet someone probably more that one, They will inspire you more than you ever thought possible in a matter of minutes.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt

Thats something I just read from someone on this site. Just goes to prove inspiration is always there like water in your glass.

Scott Dunton

15 replies

tmana 2008-06-29 03:19:13 -0500 Report

We gain inspiration from many sources. I was in some ways fortunate to have both positive diabetes role models and negative diabetes role models, both of whom have taught me the importance of diabetes self-care.
In turn, we inspire others through our struggles and our successes.

I look at the life of Everyman, and I see in that life a Hero Tale of historically-epic proportions, its chapters met by challenges, defeats, and triumphs. The Hero must always be tested in order to win his victory. In our Hero Tales, Diabetes plays one of the recurring villains or challengers, and yet it tests our mettles, forges us into strength, and empowers our triumphs.

LeighG 2008-06-29 02:03:00 -0500 Report

well said gabby.even though it has its momments i dont let it hold me down. thank you everyone for being so inspirational .


GabbyPA 2008-06-27 01:44:38 -0500 Report

You are incredibly inspirational to all of us. I really like your concept of being stoked about having the glass in the first place. It is about attitute, about keeping a positive one and as I have shared other places, have FUN. Don't let our disease stop us from doing what we enjoy. I learn a lot of this from my husband too, who has been in a wheel chair for 17 years. He has his moments when he laments what he can no longer do, but he spends more time showing off (in that boyish way) all the neat things that he CAN do. So let's show the world that we are strong, we are winners and we can inspire others by our lives.

LeighG 2008-06-23 06:17:07 -0500 Report

thank you so much for sharring this quote.when i tell most people i know i will not let this take over my life i will control it it will not take me over they say ow your joking you cant control it, it will take you over.never i will not let it.i wanna live life to my fullest.and even with this t2 i can do it.i look at it as something that made me stronger .i eat better now i am lossing weight i see life in better ways now then before.
thank you everyone for sharring your thoughts and wonderful quotes.i love comming here and seeing how strong maney are that live with this everyday.

Lizbrei 2008-06-23 03:47:10 -0500 Report

Thanks Scott!
I love your attitude. I was diagnosed four years ago as Type I and fought long and hard to "gain control" over my disease. Nothing worked and I felt like a failure. Then one day I decided that I would no longer let the "disease" own me. I decided to be an inspiration to my sons and family by becoming healthier than I was in my twenties or thirties. I started doing Yoga daily and bicycling to get my strength back and my BG's have been amazing! It took letting go of the "pity party" and deciding to be a strong, healthy person. A positive attitude and mindset is everything! Now all I want to do is tell everyone that becoming diabetic changed my life for the better…because I wouldn't accept anything less!!!!!

morris.js 2008-06-23 04:24:59 -0500 Report

Scott, GREAT post!!! This is what I like most about the people on this site… The positive outlook so many have and share with the rest of us. I too like you and some others have found "New Life" since being diagnosed with Diabetes. My life is more rewarding now, than it ever has been.
Thank you for sharing your attitude.

Dancehawk 2008-06-14 04:54:37 -0500 Report

And very true.
Thank you hun for such a great post.
It hit home right on the nail, you can feel sorry for yourself, or you can educate folks by the way you live and , I have found so many folks that are diabetic, it is like were coming out of the wood work lol.


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Jonathan - 13553 2008-04-17 16:32:42 -0500 Report

What a great concept and thought.

Does anyone ever think that we are better than the rest of the world because we are strong enough to deal with the complexities that diabetes brings to our lives?

Sometimes, that concept helps me a lot. There is a thread over at tuDiabetes on depression and diabetes, and one of the underlying themes seems to be that those without diabetes who criticize us for not conforming to strict guidelines would wilt if they had to deal with it themselves.

As someone I knew a while ago used to say, "It is far easier to criticize the work of others than to actually do the work yourself."

Bravo to all of us.

CALpumper 2008-06-14 11:12:50 -0500 Report

Bravo Jonathan. Bravo. ;-)

Easier said then done. While I do my best to find the advantages of living with T1 everyday, there are days, well, you know, it is just hard.

CALpumper 2008-04-17 06:28:13 -0500 Report

Thanks Scott. Well said.
Give someone a little time, they will surprise you.

I was reading through some D-Blogs the other day. A 25 year old man out west that works for the ADA has this great quote on his site:

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
~Winston Churchill

Mind you I have been "encountering" people online more than in person but they are just as human and just as pleasantly inspiring.

Three cheers for the Inspiring Ones Among Us. ;-)

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