Todays topic is:
We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.). (Thanks to Hilary of Rainie and Me for this topic suggestion.)
Todays topic is a really hard one for me. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I find it hard to find ‘accomplishments’ in projects I don’t think are finished. To me, my diabetes isn’t ‘perfect’ nor is it ‘finished’ therefore it’s not accomplished. I guess though, if I had to say anything, my greatest accomplishment has been my overall attitude towards diabetes.
Since I was diagnosed, I’ve never really had any periods of rebellion towards my care of it. Doctors and people who knew someone with diabetes always told me stories about people who really rebelled against their diabetes, they didn’t take their insulin, they didn’t ever test their BSLs and they didn’t really see a doctor ever. To me, the moment I was diagnosed my mind was set. I would do (and still will do) whatever it takes to make sure I don’t get any complications. Doctors have always told me that I’m ‘so good about it all’.
That’s not to say I don’t have off days. Every now and then I get days where it really gets me down, where I just want to cry and scream and chuck a tantrum because I’m over it and I want it to go away. I also have lazy days (ok….weeks) where I don’t feel like testing, or changing a site or getting out of bed to change the reservoir which always seems to be empty when I’m in bed and it’s cold. But on the whole, I feel like I maintain a pretty good attitude towards my diabetes. It’s kind of a ‘well, there isn’t any other choice, so I may as well suck it up and deal with it’ type of attitude.
Because, well, there isn’t anything I can do other than deal with it, otherwise I’d be dead. That’s not an exaggeration, it’s the truth. Diabetes could kill me. Some days it’s hard to remain positive about it but that is why I have thrown myself so hard into natural health and healing. I will try and do whatever it takes to ensure I’m healthy to prevent long term complications.
I guess, in a way adopting a plant-based lifestyle could also be considered one of my greatest achievements. I honestly believe it’s one of the best things I’ve done for myself in my life, so far. I truly believe that by eating the way I do, and by caring what I put in and on my body, I can achieve a healthy body and lifestyle. Which in the end, will help to prevent complications.