The Seriousness of Diabetes
In the last few weeks, I've noticed blogs and comments that leave me both alarmed and sad. The first came from a young adult on the Diabeteens site who titled her blog "Ashamed of Myself." Roxy wrote about her feelings of living in denial and shared with readers how much she was neglecting her disease, and now her body and blood work were reflecting that denial. Ginger tipped me off to the post, and she and I both posted comments to Roxy. In response, Roxy revealed that much of her personal neglect came from an experience she had with a woman she works with who had type 2, was an amputee with no self control. This woman would constantly tell Roxy the disease would take her life too, making Roxy's future look bleak.
What motivates those of us living with diabetes to rise above the expectations of complications and/or dying young? This expert thinks it's by feeling positive about the life that I live.
Kim Benjet posted Diabetes, Parental Sorrow and Depression and a mom left a comment that said, "The seriousness of diabetes is only truly understood by parents." Certainly, diabetes can consume you if you let it. And I think for parents it is especially difficult, the feeling of helplessness to change the circumstances. Over management of diabetes can easily set in as an answer to the feeling of helplessness. Remember: Humor is a good thing!
Knowing your emotional boundaries will make a significant difference for everyone. I disagree that only parents truly know the seriousness of the disease. Those of us who have it, need to find the positive and make the best of the situation. It is what creates the feeling of normalcy. And a caregiver's support is simply fundamental! We may fall off the wagon, but if we have goals we will be back to managing our diabetes!
Those of us living with diabetes work at it everyday and sometimes we even take a holiday from it, like less testing more carbs then usual for a day, but the basic is still there insulin on board. The management should not consume us. The best success stories are those who have a goal that is unrelated to diabetes, because in order to attain the goal, good management is a natural extension to succeed. In my teens, my doctor told my parents the best management for my health was to be physically active. So I was into everything! I played sports after school, rode horses and worked at the stable on weekends and holidays from 6 am-6 pm, and during the winter I played racquetball at the Y 2-3 nights a week. During my teens and well into my 20s I had two hospitalizations, both for the flu! I have been well trained to hit the ER before dehydration takes over. So rule of thumb, barf twice head to the hospital, it shortens the time recovering.
Management of diabetes is important, but how someone inspired to manage it will be individual. Here are some exceptional friends, who live with diabetes, work with it and who have inspired me at age 44 to continue to reach for my own goals.
I don't think they feel the glass is half empty! For many of us, this attitude starts when we are young through the love and support given to us by our parents! And parents will have to have a leap of faith that their children will certainly surprise them with their ability to shine!
This holiday be well and be happy!