Today't topic: We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you've made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small.
What have I done that lends itself to tooting my own horn?
I’ve sent boys with Diabetes to scout camps, church camps and school camps. That is huge.
I’ve let boys with Diabetes sleep over at a friend’s house, complete with ice cream and chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.
I learned to fill a reservoir without any bubbles inside, and I’ve learned how to put on a set properly. “Look Ma! No kinks!”
I’ve fought for 504 accommodations, and I’ve felt the sting of a teacher say, “You need to fix those numbers.” And I survived.
I’ve kicked the bahookie out of large ketones. In fact I’ve collected urine ketone data from a child in diapers. Yeah, I’m pretty awesome like that.
But all of it pales in comparison to “MY” greatest diabetes accomplishment. (Because I’m going to take some time to be all selfish here and pretend it’s all about me today…)
My greatest accomplishment, diabetes wise?
You’re looking at it.
It has opened more doors, blossomed more friendships, gotten me through more nights, answered more questions and provided more happiness than I can convey in this moment.
Starting this blog was the best thing I have ever done to bring myself out of the fog of worry that settled so readily after 3 diagnoses.
To quote myself:
“I like to think of my blog as my ark.
I was drowning, so one day I took my thoughts and built my ark/blog.
I filled the ark with my hopes, my fears, my belly laughs, and musings from my swelly brain and let it sail.
It traveled father than I ever imagined, and has taken me to places I never knew existed.
The best place of all is the DOC. When I started this blog, I didn't even know the DOC existed. It was a happy coincidence my sister in law found another parent blogger and pointed me in her direction. Discovering the DOC was akin to finding the new world for me. I had found solid ground. I wasn't alone in the ark with my thoughts, like Noah's dove, I was able to set them free...and in turn, I could set myself free as well.”
This is my outlet. I give it words, and in return it gives me peace of mind. I hope one day my children will be able to read these words and know that I tried my best, hoped my best, and loved my best.
I hope they know that writing out our story gave them a healthier mom…and along the way maybe even helped a person or two with their own journey.
My greatest accomplishment in a nutshell is you, dear readers. I built this home and you found your way to my doormat.
Welcome. Come in. Sit down. And by all means, put your feet up.
No need to use a coaster either…Our Diabetic Life is inherently messy.