What better way to end the DBlog week catch up week than with an Awesome Things Friday .
In February the #dsma blog carnival challenged us to write about the most awesome thing we’d done DESPITE diabetes. Today let’s put a twist on that topic and focus on the good things diabetes has brought us. What awesome thing have you (or your child) done BECAUSE of diabetes?
I became an accountant because of my diabetes. Hehe, just joking but I have always been good with numbers and since I got diagnosed when I was 9, I’m not sure if I’m good with numbers because I had to be or if I’ve always been good with numbers which ended up being a benefit as a diabetic. Being good at math is very convenient when counting carbs or figuring out how much to bolus for a meal, although the bolus wizard is quickly making the skill less necessary.
But becoming an accountant is not all that awesome. So to go from brains to brawns, I’ll say that completing a triathlon was something that I did because of my diabetes. If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you will know that I wasn’t a runner a year ago. I started a C25k program in November then signed up for a 10k training plan in January which enabled me to complete the Monument 10k. I didn’t start running because of my diabetes. I started running because I gained about 30 pounds after I got married and I was feeling very unhappy with my weight. Between November (when I started running) and April (when I completed the 10k) I did lose about 20 pounds so it served its purpose, but I also noticed my blood sugars were doing a little better. I can’t quite pinpoint the exercise as the cause because I also started trying really hard in the spring to get my A1C lower by basal testing, carb counting, bolusing correctly, etc. So I kept running over the summer.
In June, I went to see my sister complete her first Olympic triathlon and I thought it looked like so much fun but I thought I could never do it because of my diabetes. I was worried about the impact that three different sports would make on my blood sugar. I worried about what to do with my insulin pump before, during and after the swim part of the race. I worried about being active for 2 straight hours. I never thought I would do a triathlon. But I had read of other diabetics who had completed triathlons. I thought if they can do it, so can I. So I decided to prove to myself that I could do it. I probably wouldn’t have signed up if I didn’t have diabetes because it looked fun but I didn’t have anything to prove. Because of my diabetes, I signed up for a triathlon to prove that with diabetes I could do it. And I did . You can also read in more detail about my triathlon race day.