Diabetes Blog Week, Day 1 – Topic: I Can: In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. 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? (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)
Today is the first day of Diabetes Blog Week, and what better way to kick things off than with a post about a couple of good things that came as a result of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
A second chance
I’ve made no bones about the fact that if it weren’t for diabetes, I wouldn’t have found out that I had congestive heart failure before it was too late. The yeast infection I developed, which is common among people with diabetes, led to that life saving doctor visit.
Quite simply, my diagnosis presented me with a new beginning; a clean slate on which to plan and develop a healthier, more fulfilling life.
I was forced me to take a hard look at many aspects of my life, including my eating habits and the amount of physical activity in my life, and ultimately make decisions necessary to gain some resemblance of control over the situation.
I’m eating better, getting more exercise, and have lost some weight; all things that I’ve struggled with for years, yet have come about as a result of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes & CHF.
You might not believe it, but I was no where near as outgoing before my diagnosis as I am now. I was something of a loner, or a hermit if you will. I was OK with that. And I certainly never thought about traveling to meet people that I met online. That was just out of the question.
My diagnosis with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure changed all of that. My search for knowledge and support lead me to the Diabetes Online Community and all of the wonderful people whom I now call my friends.
I’ve been fortunate to have had opportunities to meet many of my D-OC buddies in person, and hope to meet many more of them. I have grown close enough to some that I consider them like family. And I’m thankful to have all of them in my life.
My brush with death has taught me that I truly have nothing to lose, yet everything to gain, by reaching out to others. And through it all, I’ve relearned the value of having loving and supportive friends. Thanks to diabetes, I now have more of them than I can count.
Second chances at life are a rare occurrence. I am thankful to have been blessed with another chance, and with my amazing friends by my side, I know I’ll never have to go through it alone.
Lots of Love!