Welcome to the first day of the Sixth Annual Diabetes Blog Week. I’m thrilled to see many past participants signing up again. And I’m equally excited to see that there are so many new blogs are joining in for the first time. If you didn’t sign-up yet, it isn’t too late. The sign-up form and other information you need can be found in this post.
Let’s get started! Today’s topic is 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.)
Two weeks from tomorrow I will turn 47. And I am healthy.
Several years back I wrote a little bit about my aunt who died of diabetes complications when I was in high school. I thought the things I saw her go through were the things my future would hold. I thought it didn’t really matter if I tried to manage diabetes or not. I remember laying in bed as a teenager and counting how many healthy years I had left. I figured it was less than ten. Definitely not 15.
And now it’s been 30 years since I stared at the ceiling and counted the years I had left. I can dare to dream that at least another 30 are ahead of me. I feel very fortunate that, for whatever reason, my body seems to be holding up despite what diabetes does to it. I try to never take that for granted.
Living with a chronic illness sometimes means the thing I’ve accomplished that I didn’t think I could is simply living. I can grow old.
Here are more I Can - Monday 5/11 posts.
What is Diabetes Blog Week? Click here for an explanation and to sign up. You can also check out a list of participants over here.