The wonder and magic of a life with diabetes

Woohoo! It’s here! Diabetes Blog Week!

For the next 5 days I’ll be writing on a specific topic along with other diabetes bloggers, sharing how I navigate the world of diabetes. Below is the first topic and my corresponding thoughts.

Tell us about some good things diabetes has brought into your life that you never could have expected?

The nervous system is a delicate thing, tiny fibers that crisscross the body and send signals from your brain to different key areas, telling it to move, breath, digest, feel etc. For some reason nine years ago, mine started to go haywire. Being a long time yogi I consulted my yoga books to see what the problem might be. After months of research, I reached my conclusion.

I was in the middle of a spiritual crisis.

Thinking that I was on the fast track to enlightenment wasn’t necessarily the best approach. For starters, it kept me from questioning my physical symptoms or seeking medical answers. If I had known that diabetes isn’t something you get from poor diet and lifestyle, or that it doesn’t just affect children, I would have dug deeper.

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Back then there wasn’t much awareness about the signs and symptoms of diabetes.  Even now when I tell people I have Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults ( LADA) they scratch their heads and look at me funny.

Finding out that there was a reason for the strange jittery sensations, erratic digestion, food sensitivities, a constant sugary taste on my tongue and the feelings of exhaustion was a total relief. It’s not that I was happy to have diabetes, it’s just that my search for answers caused so much internal havoc, that having an actual diagnosis released the pressure valve.

I cried a lot those first few weeks after diagnosis. It felt so good to let go.

It’s been quite a journey since then and aside from those initial feelings of relief, I spent years trying everything I could to conquer the beast. What I’ve learned though is that you can’t ‘conquer’ diabetes. It’s not a country you can invade and call home.

Am I the proud owner of a life with diabetes? hmmm….it’s hard to put that answer into words…

What I can say is that diabetes has changed me for the better. It’s made me raw, honest and put my feet on the ground.  It’s also motivated me to open up and share through my writing more about what it means to live with chronic illness and spread awareness about the disease.

Diabetes has also inspired me to be deeply grateful. I used to take life for granted. I’d wake up every morning, dive into the day and never stop and think. Wow! I’m alive.

Now, I make a concerted effort to stop, look around me, drink in the beauty of this life and remember…

Life is precious. It’s not a given.

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If you’d like to find out more about how yoga can help you manage your diabetes each and every day check out the rest of my blog and if you’d like to get the first chapter of my book for free go here

With great respect…Rachel

Diabetes Blog week Day 7 Rachel Zinman Yoga for diabetes blog

Continuing Connections

It’s been a big week!  I’ve taught Yoga in Italy and Switzerland and managed to keep up my commitment to blog for Diabetes Blog Week for 7 days.  A first for me as I lead such an active life that it’s hard to commit to doing something, other then my work, consistently and to a topic. So first, a big THANK YOU to Karen Graffeo for spearheading this truly uplifting project.

I have read as many blogs as I could and have learned a lot. The main thing has been to realise that I’m not alone in all this. This was truly brought home last night when during my nightly injection half the insulin didn’t seem to go in. I’d read about it in my LADA support group but didn’t actually understand what it meant until it happened to me. I was completely freaked out when I pulled out the needle and the Insulin squirted all over the bathroom counter. I immediately went online and asked for advice and within minutes people responded. I went to sleep feeling relaxed and reassured.  I reckon the diabetes online community is full of super heroes!

There are two bloggers whom I really connected with this week one was Frank from Type 1 writes . His honest story telling is real and meaningful. I also fell in love with Coffee and Insulin’s writing style and her ability to take us on a journey to different countries while making us laugh! Both these blogs had so many great posts during the week I can’t share just one.

Diabetes Blog week Day 7 Thank you

I want to thank everyone who took the time to read my blog and for commenting and will continue to share my journey with Yoga and Diabetes and to stay on track with regular blogging.

It’s early Sunday morning here in Italy and the last day of our yoga immersion so I better get off the computer and prepare my food for the day…I think I’ll make….Bliss balls just for a change!

With great respect… Rachel