Diabetes: a way of life

One thing that I have come to realize over the last few months is that being diabetic becomes a large part of your life.  Many decisions you made without a second thought now become the decisions you have to spend time thinking about.  What you will eat, if you go out where will you eat, do not forget your glucometer, and did you take your insulin this morning?

I wake pretty early, and even though I am walking around I am pretty sure I am not quite fully awake.  I have had a couple of moments when I had to really think about whether or not I took my shot.  The eating thing is big too, what to have for breakfast, lunch and what food to take out of the freezer so it will be thawed and ready to cook when you get home from work.

Another issue I have is forgetting to log my readings as soon as I take them.  You will find me before bed adding the readings I forgot to add so I have them all.

When I was a kid I went to a diabetic camp.  The message they sent is that we do not suffer from this disease but we live with it.  It does become a lifestyle though. In order to be serious about the disease it has to.  It has to be second nature and just normal.  I have accepted my life as a diabetic.  I know I could have it a lot worse and I have had cancer it does not get much more serious than that.

I see this disease as a relative annoyance kind of like that friend that drives you crazy but is always going to be there.  I enjoy eating healthier and the thought of fast food makes me sick.  Choosing fruit over fries is fulfilling as is not piling on carbs.  This is my life, I am a diabetic and I am finally proud of that.  I may never be cured but I am okay with that, though a cure would be rad, I really want a brownie.

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