Today is the 3rd anniversary of my diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. Wow, only three years? It feels like so much longer. Alas, just three years. Three years of knowing, caring, surviving, and sharing.
Three years of knowing that I have a two invisible chronic illnesses for which there are no cures. Three years of knowing that I’m not alone in my fight. That there are millions of others fighting the same things. Three years of getting to know some of the most amazing people around. Lots of love to everyone in the Diabetes Online Community.
Three years of caring more about my well being. Three years of doing everything I possibly could to beat the odds against me. Three years of caring for those around me, both online and offline. Three years of being me.
Three years of surviving the many challenges before me. Three years of enduring the daily routines required to stay alive. Three years of painful medical procedures and tests to monitor changes both good and bad.
Three years of sharing my story with the world. Sharing both my victories and my defeats, showing what it’s really like to live with these conditions. Sharing the message that it is possible to live well with both. And that there is no shame in being diagnosed with them.
You’ve surely noticed the repetition in this post by now, and you may very well be ready to leave it. And, honestly, I really can’t blame you. I’d love to leave it all behind too. But I can’t. That’s life with diabetes and congestive heart failure.
Here’s to many more years of knowing, caring, surviving, and sharing.
All the best!