I spoke at a night time round table last week and was asked a load of questions. I was asked if I would write about what was talked about and thought sure! I would love too. I will do it in the Q and A fashion just like the night I spoke.
Q~ What is it like living with Type 2 Diabetes?
A~ For me living with Diabetes is a daily routine. It’s what I have been doing the past 10 years. It’s daily taking good care of myself and focusing on that. Some may think living with diabetes is suffering like a life sentence but I don’t look at it. In the beginning it did feel like that in fact I felt it was somewhat of a punishment for how I treated my body. Given my Dr. and Diabetes educator highly believed that my Diabetes was caused by lifestyle I started to believe that I deserved this. WELL that is just not true NO ONE DESERVES DIABETES!!! Years down the road after losing weight and after realizing that the anger was gone Diabetes just became apart of my daily life. For so many years prior to diagnosis I did not take good care of myself. I was Mom and wife and lost Jill along the way.. Now I find time to exercise and pay attention to what I eat. I found myself again and it’s now apart of my daily routine to be good to me and take good care of me. I am no good to anyone else if I am not good to myself first.
Q~ Can you still live a full life with Diabetes?
A~ YES!!!!! I find that I have learned to live life more since my diagnosis. I have more energy and have more zest for life. My health was so poor that I was barley living prior to diagnosis. It’s your life and you have to take your own diagnoses by the hands and manage it as your own best advocate. To take our own diabetes and fight our own fight is not a easy task but you are your best advocate. Diabetes can get in my way sure but that is the fight!! I will fight back with all my might to keep living and not let Diabetes get the best of me.
When I am eating right and exercising and my blood sugars won’t do what I want I get angry. I work so hard looking at labels eating right and exercising and it’s very very frustrating not getting the numbers I feel I deserve from my hard work. That is DIABETES!! It is what it is and me getting angry in the long run really does not help. In fact long term anger can be down right destructive so you have to let it go!! Eventually my numbers are going to be OK I just have to role with the punches and not let Diabetes get me! It’s my life! It’s my choice!
Q~ How often do you have to do blood sugar testing.
A~ 3 x a day
My Dr. would prefer me to test 6 times a day but in real life I am proud if I get in 3 a day. If my numbers are all over the board I will test more often but if I am on a even scale days in a row I get in 3 a day. It’s habit so it’s apart of daily life. This year on top of doing the diabetes advocacy work I love to do I went back to work. I love being a substitute teacher. It’s been a great job and fit’s in my life so I can still be home with my growing kids. Life has gotten more busy going back to work but my health is important so I always make sure I have what I need when I go to work to have a successful diabetes day.
Q~ How long have you been living with diabetes?
A~ 10 years now!!
I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since my diagnosis. In that 10 years I have grown so much. Now being a Advocate , Public Speaker and sharing my journey on so many different levels Diabetes in some ways has been a blessing. Not always did I feel this way but since this diagnosis I got my life back. I got myself back!! Now I want to share my life with others sharing my journey and bringing awareness to diabetes. Living with diabetes is not easy for sure but it’s my life and I won’t let diabetes ever stop me from living!!