Today is November 14, World Diabetes Day. A day to shed light on what it means to live with this condition. And this year the build-up to “the day” has been more intense than ever. Friends in the blogosphere have been writing daily blogs, sharing memes, hashtags and so much more. I’ve been contributing too through daily Instagram and Facebook posts with the hashtag #makediabetesvisible and #diabetesawarenessmonth.
As I explore the different aspects of my life with diabetes I can’t help thinking…
How lucky I am to be alive.
How before 1921 and the discovery of Insulin my condition would have been a death sentence.
How living with diabetes has widened my community and connected me with people who are making a difference in the lives of others.
How it’s humbled me, made me more compassionate, sensitive and taught me to put myself first.
How it has made me healthier, more resilient and courageous.
How it has inspired me to be honest with myself.
How its deepened my connection with my husband, son, parents, and friends.
How I’ve experienced vulnerability as strength.
How yoga has helped me cope, been my anchor and helped preserve my immune system.
How western medicine and medications which manage diabetes are life-saving and non-negotiables that everyone should have access to.
How charities and organizations that raise money for diabetes and do so tirelessly should be given the recognition and financial support they deserve.
And how even though there are no days off with diabetes, one can go beyond diagnosis to live a happy, adventurous and fulfilled life.
How do you plan to mark #WorldDiabetesDay?
with great respect…