Monday, January 6, 2014

Two Sides of the Coin

Diabetes attitudes are pretty much the two sides of the same coin.

On one side: positivity and optimism where everything's a "blessing" and you're working with your diabetes, not against it. "It's manageable, and there's a lot to be grateful for," you might say.

And the flip side: Negativity and pessism, where you "battle" diabetes and see it as a burden, constant struggle or something nearly impossible to manage. Or hey: "it's a devastating disease that kills and leads to complications."

Whatever. It's the same fucking coin.

The day and mood just changes, dictating whether you need to flip the coin to the other side or not.

You can be empowering at times, embracing the mantra of You Can Do This and sharing inspirational stories. While at other times, you have to allow yourself to be afraid, motivated by the possibility of complications or bad things if you don't at least TRY to do what you're supposed. Either, way you are kicking yourself in the ass - either with a soft slipper or a metal toe.

Neither are wrong, yet it's usually only one of those at a time that gets the message across. What works for one person or situation, may not for another. Someone wise coined the phrase Your Diabetes May Vary, and I agree.

If I need to be positive, I will be. If I need to channel some inner rage and "battle" diabetes, then that's how I'll roll. To do what needs to be done, and live and cope and all that jazz - for as long as I happen to be here.

It takes two to tango, Diabetes, but know this: If you step on my toes, I will punch you in the teeth. Let's dance.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

BEST POST EVER!!! This is exactly how I have been feeling lately, like a damn coin flipping from day to day! Battle the battle for today I guess, right?