Thursday, May 16, 2013

Accomplishments - #DBlogWeek Day 4

You can find more Accomplishments Big and Small posts on the Thursday 5/16 Link List.

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 - think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.). (Thanks to Hillary of Rainie and Me for this topic suggestion.)

I used to be a pre-teen girl who had to check her urine.
I am now an (almost) 45 year old woman who checks her blood.

I used to be tied to a strict exchange diet which forced me to eat certain things at certain times and forbid sugar.
I am now able to count carbs and make food choices and bolus to cover what I’m eating when I want to eat it.

I used to be required to take 5 or more injections a day to get the insulin I needed.
I am now hooked up to my pump and insulin is continuously dripping into my body.

I used to be surprised to find a very high or very low number on my meter.
I am now usually given a heads up by my trusty Continuous Glucose Monitor.

I used to be embarrassed and ashamed for people to know I had diabetes.
I am now proud to educate and advocate and let people know what life with diabetes is like.

I use to be a brand new diabetes blogger who hoped to fit into a community of people like me.
I am  now thrilled and excited to be sharing Diabetes Blog Week with over 200 other bloggers around the world.

I used to be alone with diabetes.
I am now a grateful and happy member of the Diabetes Online Community!

But I still hope to some day say . . . . .
I used to be a person with diabetes.


  1. TOTALLY BESIDE THE POINT: almost 45! i thought you were 23.

    Happy blog week.

  2. No way are you 45!
    Me too on the rest my friend :)

  3. I really, really love this post.

  4. It's nice to know that I can find my way and fit in with the DOC because I can clearly see that others have too. I'm a "type 3" and in some ways I'm an old timer, since DH's dx was 14 years ago, but I'm a newbie too, because DD's dx was only 2 months ago. Good to know I'll be welcomed in. (And I agree, I though you were a youngster, not a day over 30!)

  5. Great post, Karen. Love the comparisons and how you highlight exactly what the accomplishment is. And how awesome that we're not alone anymore! Thanks for doing what you do, for being awesome, and for all those great accomplishments big and smaller.

  6. I loved this post, comparing then and now. You have a lot to be proud of.

  7. Thank you for making this happen...and for helping others see that they are not alone.

  8. Luckily, I've never felt alone, thanks to you and others!

  9. So lovely! I hope to be a person who used to have diabetes too. :)

  10. I love this post!Thank you for creating Diabetes blog week!

  11. I can relate to pretty much everything on this list. But if the last one never comes true, seven out of eight isn't bad!

  12. 1. I also had no idea you were 45!
    2. dblogweek is great
    3. I hope so too


  13. Love this post...especially the last line!

  14. This is really great. I've talked to 3 adult PWD that I know locally (that I didn't know had diabetes until my daughter's diagnosis almost a year and a half ago) and their stories of how they managed their diabetes 30 and 40 years ago AMAZE me. As one of them said, "I don't know how we survived back then." And that last one?...the hope?...oh, I hope so, too. Last night we had a rare trip to an ice cream shop. My sweet girl got her kid's scoop, but watched someone else getting a giganto brownie sundae. She said, "When they find a cure for diabetes, I'm getting THAT!" I hope I get to see it:)

  15. I LOVE this post! You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing and for doing the blog week-this has been such a rewarding experience, reading so many blogs from people that are going through the same thing I am. THANKS! :)

  16. Wow - Karen! This is really super powerful.


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