5 years ago today, I developed a yeast infection that I couldn’t get rid of. I scheduled an appointment with my NP. I walked into the exam room hoping to get relief from the itchy feeling I had but instead I walked out with something I didn’t expect…I walked out with diabetes. The first person I called was my mom, couldn’t call my husband because he was in Iraq. I cried. I read all the information I could from the internet. I asked questions. I gained knowledge for a disease I was clueless about. I counted carbs and maintained my blood sugar. 5 years later, I am still going strong.
I am blessed- I haven’t been in the hospital due to diabetes. I am blessed, I have a supportive husband who made the lifestyle change with me. He holds my hand, sits through some of my frustrated times and tells me when I maybe too high or too low. I refuse to let diabetes steal my JOY. I refuse to let diabetes take over my body. If I have to give up cakes, pie’s or ice cream to live a long life with diabetes I will. But If I was to ever developed complications, at least I can say I tried.
Diabetes has been a blessing in my life. I am still new at it but it doesn’t matter how long someone has been living with diabetes, it’s not an easy task for anyone at any stage in the game. I have met a lot of interesting people, gained friendships and formed bonds with people who understand diabetes. I’ve heard their stories and have a new found respect for them. They are no longer just my friends with diabetes, they are my brother’s and sister’s.
I don’t look at diabetes as a curse. I don’t hate diabetes. I show it love, I embrace it. I was taught “If you can’t fix it, why complain about it?” I stopped complaining about it along time ago. I want to take what I’ve learned about diabetes and living with it to a whole different level. I want to educate the world one person at a time. If I can change 1 person’s evil thoughts about diabetes, that means I’ve done my job. I am more than just a number. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I am a person living with diabetes.
I am blessed and thankful to lived 5 years with diabetes. I pray for many more years to come.