Hello my fellow Sisters, Happy New Year! A new year brings new things. It most organizations it could be new leadership (that already happened for DiabetesSisters) or new political office holders. Another new thing it brings is new bloggers here at DiabetesSisters, and it is my honor and priviledge to be writing the Type 1 blog for the next few months. However, before I do, I would like to tell you the top 10 things about me.
To me the prettiest and my most favorite season of all is fall because of the colors of the season make the surroundings in which you are in very pretty and relaxing.
My friends best describe me as a brave, compassionate, adventuresome, enthusiastic woman who loves helping people at any chance in any way that I can.
The tallest building that I ever went to the top of is the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center in New York City (where I had a low blood sugar, which made for an interesting place to treat)
I enjoy collecting keychains from around the world, teddy bears and anything associated with angels or butterflies.
There are a few things that I am most proud of. The first is receiving the Courage to Comeback Award from my job for triumphing over major obstacles and being an inspiration to others. These are barriers that are difficult to cope with and make life just a wee bit harder to deal with (more about how I dealt with diabetes and these obstacles later). The second is being appointed to a few advisory councils including a governing board of directors of an agency which helped me through some of my own hard times. Lastly, being asked to be a blogger for DiabetesSisters.
I enjoy my working as an information and referral specialist at a local mental health agency. It doesn’t make me a millionaire, but it doesn’t need to. It just needs to make me feel happy and important, which it does many times over.
Some of the hobbies that I enjoy are knitting, quilting, taking scenic photos, sharing my views and outlooks of life, and trying to figure out how, when, and where my next major trip will be. This trip is usually to Florida to the Friends for Life conference hosted by the Children with Diabetes Foundation. It was because of this group that I am doing the work I am with DiabetesSisters today. However, when I am not doing the things mentioned above you can usually find me singing with one of my two church families. I say families because even though we don’t share some the same genetics as each other, we are there for each other when most needed (more on this later).
Something that others don’t know about me is that I am the oldest of three children for my dad. While I grew up an only child, it wasn’t until I was 21 that I met the other half of my family including my brother and sister. Another thing is that all my friends are virtual ones. Lastly, I have officially been diagnosed and having to deal with major depression and anxiety issues for the past 12 years (and it was probably going on longer) on top of diabetes since Christmas 2000.
I will be (and am looking forward to) telling you more about my diabetes story so you know where I am coming from.
Stay tuned, Thanks for reading and following me.
Many good wishes to come to you today, tomorrow, and always.
Note: The one above with Santa was taken on Diagnosis Day- Christmas 2000