Today is the start of Diabetes Blog Week, hosted by the fabulous Karen at Bitter-Sweet. I’m going to attempt to write everyday but it all depends on what my little one and my work schedule allow. Today’s topic: I Can!
What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could? Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?
What have I accomplished, despite having diabetes, that I wasn’t sure I could?
I completed two half marathons and a triathlon. I’ve always been decent athletically but I never had much endurance. Running doesn’t come easy to me and I never thought I would run a race for fun, let alone run a half marathon! Despite having to worry about how my blood sugars would react to running, I was able to overcome my fears of lows/highs and cross the finish line!
What have I done that I’m particularly proud of?
This one is easy to answer. I’m proud of my son! Despite diabetes, I was able to have a healthy, happy baby boy. I was always worried that having diabetes would hinder my ability to give birth or hinder my ability to have a health pregnancy. Although it was hard work, it was worth it and I have this smiley guy as a result.
What good thing has diabetes brought into your life?
Diabetes has given me a great support system. Although I couldn’t say this until about two or three years ago when I joined the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), I have since met so many people in real life and online that have provided a lot of emotional support. Non-DOC related, I am pretty darn good at math (thanks carb counting, insulin dosing) and very organized. I’m not sure if that’s directly related to diabetes but I know that I could not manage as well as I do if I wasn’t so organized. The math was a nice perk since I became an accountant.
I can have a “normal life”. I can graduate college, get my MBA, get married, have a baby, travel the world. Diabetes won’t stop me from living my life and occasionally it can bring some good to my life.