Today marks my 20th DIAversary! 🙂 On one level it’s frustrating and on another, I can’t imagine my life without it.
Diabetes demands constant work to stay alive and while some days are manageable, some days are just tough. Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) will help you control your weight and can keep your blood glucose in the healthy range.
However, I have to keep advocating for awareness and better general knowledge in the public to end the stigma. Moreover, I have to help those like me remember that we are greater than the highs and lows of this illness. 🙂
During these 20 years of living with type 1 diabetes, I have been facing a lot of challenges: regular controls, highs, and lows, sadness, tears, happiness. Although I was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, in the end, it made me realize how terrible and scary the consequences can be. To sum up, I realize that I don’t have to be scared of diabetes. I have to be scared of the consequences that may occur if I don´t control my blood glucose level regularly.
Diabetes gives us chances to learn from each other
But also, these rollercoaster called “DIABETES” gave me a chance to participate in the IDF Youth Leadership Camp in Prague. There, I had a chance to make new friendships, share my own experiences and learn from their experience as well. Furthermore, it made me stronger, wiser and more disciplined because of what I go through every day.
Last, but not least, it gave me the strength to start writing this blog. Also, it gave a chance to help other people with diabetes realize that diabetes doesn’t limit their ability to do anything. With a regular blood glucose control, they can have a normal and happy life.