Thursday, May 16, 2013

Diabetes Blog Week: Diabetes Accomplishments - Big & Small~

Once again, I'm late to post today's entry in Diabetes Blog Week - But I was at my Endo appointment today, so I hope you'll cut a little bit of slack. 
Today's post is all about Diabetes accomplishments - Both Big and small

And I'm going to quote Karen on this topic because she sums it up all types of perfect: 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.)

You can read about everyones amazing Diabetes Accomplishments HERE, and you can follow the #dblogweek hashtag on the twitter~
This was my 2012 postcard submission for the World Diabetes Day PostCard Exchange

I’ve lived with Diabetes for 35 years & it takes up many a page in my Big Book of Kelly. 

Diabetes is the longest relationship I’ve ever had & it's been with me through all the highs and lows in my life - ANd I’m not just talking about blood sugars.  

 But yes, total pun intended and nicely played if I do say so myself! 

Not to get all diabetes biblical, but I’ve seen diabetes giveth and I’ve seen diabetes taketh away. 

Diabetes has taken away people I love and I am forever changed because of losing them. 
Diabetes has screwed with my autoimmune system,  my bank account, not to mention my pancreas.

But diabetes has given me strength,and tenacity and a heart filled with hope that keeps me afloat. 
Even during those times with diabetes when I was at my lowest, my hope continued to float - even when I wasn't  aware that I actually had hope, let alone was holding onto it - through both rough waters and calm.
My hope became my own beacon of light and tenacity and humor, and that hope has lead me to a beautiful community filled with rays of light in the form of.... YOU, the Diabetes On-Line and Off-Line Community. 

So thank you all for shining so magnificently! 
My greatest accomplishment in my 35 years of life with diabetes, is holding on to my hope that floats - through through the loss and the burnout...  and remembering that my light from within shines along with the light that you all radiate. 

Whenever I feel like my diabetes hope is in danger of taking on water and my inner light is coming dangerously close to losing it’s spark and shine, I reach out to each and everyone of you and hold on tight -  I kid you not. 

And I follow your light until it leads me to your diabetes hope like a life preserver - 

And I hold on tight to your hope, until my own floating hope is once again watertight..... And I am once again reignited in all dimensions

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Hope that floats - that's a fantastic phrase! Thanks for the perspective - hard to keep that after just a few years, let alone 35!