When initially diagnosed, the struggle of juggling sports with controlling my blood sugar and not becoming fatigued was discouraging. Diabetes is a continuous learning process; I still have so much to learn even after 11 years. I now realize diabetes has taught me the immeasurable value of self-control. Every now and then I find myself thankful that I was forced to learn discipline that does not allow for any “off days.” This disease is only a crutch if you permit it to be. Remember, the glass is ALWAYS half-full. Everything in life has a silver lining if you search hard enough to find it. After many years of struggling with diabetes, I am happy to be able to say I wear my medic-alert necklace with immense pride.☺️
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It has transformed me mentally in so many ways. I have had more days than I could even possibly count where I was discouraged to the point of tears. However, realizing that “giving up” on the day would merely make my fatigue/exhaustion last even longer taught me that the only way to fix your problems is to proactively take action to get back on track. This realization extends to every imaginable facet of life. The self-discipline I have inherited from having such a medical condition has been invaluable in making me grow as a human.