In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could? Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?
My initial response to this prompt is quite predictable, especially considering my upcoming nuptials. The thing is, finding the person I will spend the rest of my life with isn’t something I’ve accomplished despite diabetes, it’s because of diabetes.
Because of diabetes, this blog exists. Because of diabetes, we found each other. Because of diabetes, I’ve grown into the advocate, and the man I am today.
It’s too easy to look at the negative aspects of living with this disease. I hope that this exercise can help remind others that there is good that can be found in the midst of the daily injections, blood glucose checks, and carb counting. Some days, holding on to those positive aspects of life are more essential than others. I suppose it’s just a matter of breaking that glass case in case of emergencies.