On 16.10.2020 marked my 22nd DIAiaversary. I still can’t believe that 22 years have passed. Every year, this day reminds me how strong am I.
During these 22 years of living with type 1 diabetes, I have been facing a lot of challenges: regular controls, highs, and lows, sadness, tears, happiness. Also, a couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, which helped me realize which consequences may occur if I don’t control it regularly.
But, having diabetes has positive sites as well. Here are the things that I consider beneficial:
Diabetes made me more compassionate
One of the biggest positives of living with this disease is becoming a more compassionate person. Diabetes has helped me understand that you just don’t know what people are going through – and how a simple act of kindness can make someone’s day even better, Diabetes helps me understand what’s important, what matters and what doesn’t. I try not to get stressed about everything because my health will suffer. Because of that, I learnt to set boundaries and cherish the simpler things in life. Diabetes helped me understand that it means a lot to help people. Although, there might be a vulnerability in sharing your story. But, in the end, there is also so much power in it.
It helped me understand what it really means to be healthy and happy
It might sound crazy, but I’m happier and healthier today with diabetes. It’s about feeling good in your skin, having energy, being fit, having a healthy diet, sleeping well, etc. Also, I’ve discovered which food groups affect my blood sugar levels. Lastly, I’ve discovered ways to improve my insulin sensitivity and ultimately reduce my overall insulin requirements.
The most important, it doesn’t hold me back
I have never let diabetes hold me back. In spite of my diabetes, I’ve done so much throughout my life. And I’m grateful to my parents for that. Whether it’s festivals, travelling or getting through stress or trauma – having diabetes gives me a lust for life and the motivation to go out and experience as much as possible.
Happy 22nd Diaversary to me! Cheers to many more!