Welcome to Diabetes Blog Week 2015, the sixth time our online community has come together for this!
If you know what #DBlogWeek is, then you need no intro to this. If not, go ahead and click on over to what Karen (the creator) says about this. And now, today's prompt:
Here's what others are saying on this particular topic.In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can...” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could? Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life? (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)
And my response?
Even though sometimes it feels as if I'm at the bottom of the well, staring up at the top without any way to climb out, I know that there's hope. And that no matter the life or diabetes challenge, it's possible to move forward.
It's been years since my A1C has been as low as 6.1%, but that did happen right after college. And I know that when I "do what I'm supposed to," often that means my blood sugars and diabetes remains good to go. And so, I know that I Can (if I apply myself).
Growing up, I worried about not being able to achieve my dreams of becoming a reporter, covering a daily beat and being out on the scene of a community. I did that. Graduated from college (despite a horrible first year). Met and married a great woman.
All so many things... I have done, and can do. And I know from many of the inspirational stories out there, that I Can do so much. Even now, as I work to eat healthier and limit my carbs, I know from others that it's not impossible and that helps motivate me.
So, thank you to all in the D-Community online and offline who help inspire me, to be empowered and know "I Can."
What's next? I don't really know, but I am pretty sure that I'll be able to do it or will give it my best.
Oh, and if there's any more doubt?
Yes, I know I can do anything I want... because my coffee mug says so.
And sometimes when in doubt, I have a little reminder right there on my wrist, telling me that I Can Do This thanks to all the latest D-tech and gadgets and peer-connections that exist to help me along the way. (see also: Go Go Gadget Nightscout!)
Yep, I can. You can. We can.
So, let's make that happen.