- Overcoming the “I’m immortal, so I don’t have to take care of myself” attitude.
- Loving myself enough to not destroy my body through diabulimia to be thin.
- Taking the plunge with an insulin pump and a CGM, despite the extra work it entails.
- Starting DiabeticFeed back in 2005 when the DOC was just starting to form.
- Deciding to kick more than one endo to the curb because they were not the best fit for me.
- Understanding that there is no such thing as a quick fix to a long-term chronic illness.
But the accomplishment that tops them all is this:
I have never given up on myself.
There have been moments (some that lasted a blink, others that lasted longer than Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida) when I’ve wanted to chuck the lot of it and run away. I’m not just talking about my diabetes; parts of my life have been less than stellar. I didn’t. I didn’t give up. And now I have a supportive husband, an enchanting child, a growing-exponentially online supportive group of friends, and a renewed sense of hope. I’m not going to give up on myself. Or my diabetes. Ever.
These people didn’t give up either. And I love each of them for showing us that it can be done.
So, here’s to them. And to you. And to me. For not giving up.
Yes. You have been Rickrolled. You’re welcome.
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.).