Guest Post: By Batts (The Blood Sugar Diaries)
This blog post sat empty for many days as I contemplated what to write about. It was a difficult task to decide what to say and where to begin.
I could have written about why WWD is important, thrown statistics at you, told you tragic stories, given you reason after reason for why we need a cure, or how many ways we need to educate the masses…but I decided not to.
As I look back on my sixteen years with Diabetes, I honestly wouldn’t change anything – from being diagnosed to all the experiences that I have had since.
When I was diagnosed I was only 6-years old and I was lucky, it didn’t change me as a person. If anything Diabetes helped develop me into the person that I am today, thanks largely to my big brother and my mother. My family didn’t treat me as if I was different, thought at times I obviously was, and taught me that it was wrong to think that I have a disease that makes me different.
I have Diabetes. I have a condition. A struggle. Everyone has one, whether it is physical or psychological. You rise with strength and a positive outlook no matter what challenges you face. You learn what you need to do to stay healthy and you enjoy life.
Instead of dwelling on my diabetes for the rest of my life, we accepted it and we continued on with our lives, though now with a daily routine. My life with diabetes is routine, sometimes there are bumps in the road, but it’s the same road day in and day out. It’s no different than breathing for me – although at times it’s more challenging!
As a kid, I enjoyed the same things my big brother did; cake on my birthday, candy at Halloween, a treat after dinner, real sugar. The only difference was that I took an extra shot and/or waited for my blood sugar to lower if it was high. Heck, I even got treated the same when I was a brat; groundings and banned from the TV/computer. I was just any other kid I knew. As an adult, I practice the same teachings from my childhood.
I have never had a “perfect” A1C – but I am healthy. I have never been to the hospital with DKA, I have never had ketones. I have no complications. I have played this struggle my way and I have prevailed. My motto has always been: moderation, not elimination!
This November, while as a community we take part in Diabetes Awareness Month, World Diabetes Day and push for a cure, I will celebrate my 16th year of not only Diabetes, but my way of surviving it.
I am looking forward to the many more to come.
Proudly MDI since 1994.
You can read more about Batts on her blog: The Blood Sugar Diaries
You can also follow her on twitter @thbgdiaries