• I’m a Cheerleader! – Diabetes Blessings Week Day 3

    Deep down, I am just a kind hearted, gentle giant.  That’s a fact that many in the Diabetes Online Community have come to know.  When those around me are hurting, I hurt too.  When someone needs encouragement, a hug, or a simple smile, I give it.  Simply put, I’m the kind of guy who’d give the shirt off his back to help someone. Diabetes has blessed me with the opportunity to be a cheerleader for others living with the various types of this disease. I’m thankful for being blessed with a chance to do what I do best. Help others. This image was inspired by one of my cheerleaders in the D-OC.   Jessica Barrow (@LaMerenguera) has been calling me Mr.…

  • A Test of Character- Diabetes Blessings Week Day 2

    “The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” – John W. Holt, Jr. Paralyzing. That’s what the fear that consumed me was after hearing that I had both type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure. I remember the heavy numbness coating me as I sat on the table, listening to the doctor’s words.  I remember the doctor leaving the room, and me slumping over with my head in my hands and not knowing what to think, or say, or do.  I remember April being there with me, trying to offer what comfort she could. I didn’t have a clue what I was going…

  • A New Beginning – Diabetes Blessings Week Day 1

    Today is the first day of Diabetes Blessings Week, and what better way to kick things off than with a post about what I consider the first blessing that came as a result of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. 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…

  • Diabetes Blessings Week

    You know, it’s not always easy to find things for which to be thankful when living with any type of diabetes.  So often, you’ll find groups of fellow D-OC members commiserating over bad highs and lows, and bad pump infusion sites, the pain of all the finger pricks and multiple daily injections.  And believe me, the complaints are more than justifiable. This, however, is the season of Thanksgiving.  It is a time to reflect upon all of the blessings in our lives and express our gratitude for them.  And despite all of our complaints about living with this disease, I know that diabetes has blessed each of us in one way or another.  So, with that in mind, I am…