Thriving with Diabetes and Other Diagnoses

Perspectives

Thriving with Diabetes and Other Diagnoses

At this point, it might be evident that I have quite a few diagnoses such as type 1 diabetes, asthma, allergies, thyroid issues, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, PCOS, and endometriosis. With all of this going on, I like to call myself a big ball of fun. I usually state this when I arrive at a doctors’ appointment or go to the pharmacy to pick up one of my many prescriptions.

It can be an emotional ride filled with frustration, resentment, sadness, annoyance, and the occasional feelings of satisfaction, pride, and victory. My goal is to thrive. My goal is to acknowledge some of the more negative emotions so that I can focus on the ones that give me fuel to power through each moment and to live with the best quality of life possible. Some days are harder than others of course. 

When I think about thriving, I think about my statement to doctors and pharmacists- the moment when I try to relieve the tension and state I’m a big ball of fun. For me, this translates into management. Management is how I thrive with all of these including diabetes. I feel more confident when it comes to the management of my diabetes, but I’m still working on it with my other diagnoses.

Managment involves being aware of my body and the diagnoses I live with. It means keeping track of all of the data and how I'm feeling. It means analyzing that to see what's next. It means taking all of my medications. It means being honest with myself and the people around me. It means fine tuning what I need to do for myself. It means making mistakes and forgetting because I'm human. it means constant learning. Finding ways to manage all of my diagnoses, is how I thrive.

Management can be done through so many things such as:

  • Collaboration with my healthcare team
  • Medications
  • Staying in tune with and aware of my body and my emotions
  • Taking care of my health
  • Tips and tricks for everyday life
  • Taking a step back when needed
  • Finding people who get it

These are just some of the things that can help with management including realizing everyone is different, and that I'm the expert of my own body. 

I am woman with several chronic conditions, but my goal is to thrive. Management is something that helps me to thrive.