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One For Every Year

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My most memorable thoughts about diabetes for each year with diabetes, starting with the first year as an 11 year old:

1994  “I can do this.  No, I won’t go to diabetes camp, I’m just like everyone else, I’ll go to regular camp.”  “Ok, regular camp was fun but I thought I was going to die”.

1995  “Alright, I don’t like this at all.  I’m not sure I can do this.”

1996  “I can’t do this!  But I don’t want anyone to know…”  “I just want to be normal”.

1997  “Recovering from a gum grafting surgery.  So this is what happens when I try to be normal.  Not fair.”

1998  “I wonder what boys think about my diabetes?”

1999  “I hate diabetes.”

2000  “Feeling out of control.  Help!”

2001  “The way things are going, I might as well give up.”

2002  “I can’t do college while panicking like this.  I can’t even pick up a pencil.”

2003  “Can I turn my life around?  Is it possible?  I can’t live like this anymore.”

2004  “Ooooh…alcohol…what a nice way to forget my problems!”

2005  “Alcohol is useless.  Trying to do better.  Trying to do better.  Trying to do better.”

2006  “Eat this not that.  Do this not that.  Change is hard.  Super hard.”

2007  “Wow, I’m doing better…Just keep going.”

2008  “A1c is down.  Weight is down.  I can run a 5k every day.  Getting married this year.  Happiness is totally up.  I can’t believe this is my life now.”

2009  “TWINS!  Must. Have. Sleep.”

2010 “We’re not poor, we’re just struggling. (Can I borrow a $5 for groceries?)”

2011 “Hello DOC!”

2012  “I can do this!  Wait a minute…I am doing this.”

Life ebbs and flows.  When you’re on the up, enjoy it and take steps to safeguard your future.  When you’re down, know that you will be back up again.  Just don’t give up hope.  Giving up hope prolongs the process between going from down to up and we don’t want that.  Don’t give up hope.

What You Have No One Can Take Away

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What you have, no one can take away.  What you have is ownership over all of your decisions.

You choose what to eat.  Are you on a tight budget?  You can still eat healthy.  This will probably take sacrifice and creativity on your part.  But it’s still your decision.

You choose how to take care of your diabetes.  You struggle with it?  Everyone who has diabetes struggles with it.  It’s the name of the game.  But you can struggle against or with the wind.  I suggest riding every breeze or gust that comes your way.  An opportunity to take a walk?  Take it.  A choice between a healthy meal and a pastry?  You know what to do.

You choose your attitude.  Your family sucks?  According to psychologists, most families are dysfunctional.  You hate your job?  Find a way out even if it takes years.  Know that you have more power than you think.  Choose positivity, potential, and carefully plan your way to where you want to go.  In 5 years, if you’ve done nothing but complain, you’ll wish you had just set sail on that long term plan you had because now you’ll find that you’re stuck, miserable, full of regret, and…older.

You choose if you exercise each day or not.  You’re busy and can’t afford a gym membership?  Then watch your must see TV while doing squats and push ups.  Get a yoga DVD, figure something out.

You aren’t motivated?  Get to the bottom of that.  It’s normal not to feel motivated but it’s a major setback.  Talk to a friend, seek help, write in a journal-just figure out a path to motivation.  Even if that path is 100 miles long, it’s better than never starting the journey.

Decide today that you have infinite possibility and potential and power within you.  Decide that no one can take any of that away.  They can challenge you, throw hurdles, cause you major reroutes but ultimately they cannot stop you (they’re too busy on their own sorry path).  Two steps forward and one step back is still progress.

And it’s your choice all the way.  Just make it and don’t look back.

Tough love for all of us…including myself.

XOXO