Two weeks ago I did a “catch up” Dblog week week and that Friday’s post was about what awesome things I have done because of diabetes. That same week, the DSMA Twitter chat posed a similar question on what awesome things have we done despite of diabetes. Since it’s Friday, I figured I would do a Friday Five post on what awesome things I have done DESPITE diabetes. Warning though, this post is tooting my own horn a little bit and includes a lot of photos :).
- Graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Business (Major-Finance, Minor-Economics) and received my MBA from George Mason University. College was a hard time for me with my diabetes. I didn’t ignore my diabetes, but I definitely didn’t worry about it enough, sometimes only testing twice per day (I test about 10+ now so I can’t even imagine that was ever true). Also, I worked full time while going to grad school and still kept my blood sugars fairly decent.
- Married an amazing guy. I always worried if I would find a guy that was loving and patient enough to put up with me and my chronic disease. When I met Chris, he knew right away all about my insulin pump because his mom has Type 1 Diabetes. His dad also has Type 2 Diabetes, so he was pretty knowledgable about the disease. After he met me, he also went out and bought a book on diabetes to learn even more about it. We met in 2007, got engaged in 2010, married in 2011 and have had 2 amazing years married.
- Learned to ski and became pretty decent at it. Skiing is so hard on my diabetes, but I’ve managed to become a “skier” despite the curve balls diabetes tries to throw my way when I’m on the slopes.
- Traveled the world. Traveling is hard on diabetes. Just getting through airport security is one challenge but then adding on to the time changes, increased (or decreased activity), change in diet, change in eating times, etc, traveling with diabetes is hard. I’ve managed to see a fairly decent amount of this planet and it’s all despite my diabetes.
- The most recent accomplishment I’ve done despite diabetes has been to start running, allowing me to complete a 5k, 8k and 10k. I’m on the path to completing the Army Ten Miler in a few weeks and the Richmond Half Marathon in November. And I’ve also completed a triathlon. 🙂