20 years later...

I have been diabetic for 20 years now, but I have only been a practicing diabetic for a little over a week.  When I was a teenager, I felt invincible, I had youth on my side and not even diabetes could take that from me.  Then in my 20’s I beat cancer, again the feeling of superhero-ness persisted.  I was going to live forever and spit in the eye of my diabetes.  I would drink, I would eat whatever I wanted, as long as I had that vial of insulin with me the world was my “all you can eat”.  Then last week I got punched in the face.  I ended up in the hospital with what started out as getting a gash in my little toe checked out and turned into worries about my diabetes care(more the lack there of).

So there I lay in the ER worried that I really messed up, worried that I would lose my toe and thought of the things I could have done to prevent that.  The things that I used to think were tedious and unnecessary, were now the little things I avoided because I was an idiot.  The good news was that I didn’t lose the toe, but the hours I spent in the hospital were focused on righting the wrongs of my past and that it is never too late to get healthy.  I committed myself to getting healthy for myself first because I love life, we are all blessed with this gift and I have mistreated it for so long it is about time I show my appreciation.

It is not easy living with this disease, but I fooled myself into believing it is more difficult than it actually is.  No, I do not like jabbing my finger 4 times a day, nor do I like injecting a syringe twice daily but that is a part of my daily routine now and the satisfaction I get is knowing that I am doing what is best for me.  I have a lot that I want to accomplish in life and I plan being around for a long time.  I am learning about this disease, doing research and trying to make the most out of it.  I am not deserving of sympathy I nor am I an expert.  This blog will be a journal of the things I am learning along the way.  I am not going to make promises this time around except the one I made to myself.  I hope you will share the journey with me and be there to enjoy my success.  It has been a long time coming but I am ready to beat this disease and not become a casualty.

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  • Glad to hear you're coming around, never too late to make some positive changes. As a type 1 since age 11 (currently 34), I can relate to what you are saying (my neglect lasted through college). GET ON A PUMP! This one change made life so much better for me and my health. It took me awhile to make the commitment (fear of the unknown I guess), but for the past 10 years it has made a huge difference in my life - all for the better. Once you get the hang of it (like all things diabetes), it does get better and easier. I rarely give it a second thought anymore and am able to live a fairly "normal" life. Best of all I can look forward to my future and being healthier for my young son. Keep up the good work, you can do it!

  • Thanks for the kind words, it is a struggle, but with every struggle comes a victory. I am excited about my healthy life. I appreciate the support.

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