Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Diabetes Blessings Week: The Diabetes Road

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. C.S. Lewis

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. Mark Twain

What seems to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. Oscar Wilde

Humor is just another defense against the universe. Mel Brooks

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. Mark Twain


Mike over at My Diabetic Heart has found the way to accentuate the positive by declaring November 22- 28, 2010 Diabetes Blessings Week – and you know what? I totally dig that concept!

I’ve always been a fan of gifts and blessings, in both diabetes and life~

Diabetes is a tough road, filled with twists, turns and all sorts of bumps along its never-ending stretch. I’ve traveled this road for 33 years and just when I think I’ve figured out the route to continue on, diabetes surprises me and takes my life in a whole new direction. Many times it leads me on a path filled with even more work, self-discovery, frustration levels turned up well past 11, and curse words strung together like a dirty Shakespearean sonnet.

Sometimes the trek isn't just life changing, but surprisingly funny and filled with unexpected gifts, like the DOC.

Diabetes has taught me to appreciate the gifts that it gives. I find myself grateful for little things because of diabetes. Things like finding pump supplies I forgot I had, an extra lancet in the bottom of my handbag when the one I normally use decides to get bent beyond use, or thanking my blood sugar when it plays all nice like, during a hectic time and or deadline.

Diabetes has made me see the funny in things that some might consider frustrating, annoying and or morbid. And it's made me appreciate the term:"We've got a bleeder!"

diabetes has fine-tuned my empathy, understanding & sensitivity “ chips.”We’re all born with those “chips” in our brains, but few develop them to their fullest potential. I find that many of us in the Club of D, are filled well past our eyeballs with empathy, understanding, and sensitivity.

Diabetes has given me a voice in which to protect myself and my people and the ability and humility to learn what others have to teach me.

Diabetes has given me the strength to pick myself up, just when I think I can’t.

Look, I’m no Pollyanna, and I can flip my Bitch Switch with the best of them, and yes, I flip my Bitch Switch but good when it comes to life with diabetes! But because I find the gifts and unexpected blessings in life and life with diabetes, it’s almost always easier to deal with the crap life throws our way.

Of course, "crap thrown" is much different than an all out Shit Storm - but that's for another post entirely! ;)


Ronnie the poor diabetic said...

Its kinda weird we never see the positive aspects of having the betes even though they are far in between, they are still there and it took me a while to see the blessings diabetes has brought into my life.
this really resonated with me "Diabetes has taught me to appreciate the gifts that it gives"

Cara said...

Somehow I missed the info on Diabetes Blessings Week (I have NO IDEA how!), but I am going to do that this week. Without fail, at least one of my posts will be about my wonderful diabetes blessings. :)

Meri said...

I think that is a wonderful idea! And you embraced it like you always do kel, will humor, grace and a last line zinger that keeps me laughing throughout the day! Love ya!

Karen said...

As my blog tag-line reads "life with diabetes isn't all bad" - and bravo to your list of good things!! But I, for one, hope to always stay on the "OFF" side of your Bitch Switch. LOL

Mike LeBlanc said...

Even if my daughter's D is the single thing that I constantly wish that I could change, nothing has ever taught me as much about myself... and life as being her pancreas.