When I say "winning," please don't think it means I have perfect blood sugars, or I am skipping through this journey with bliss. Hella no. This disease is hard BUT in the last 26 years, I have unknowingly grown to love it.
You see, I was diagnosed in second grade, which is also where most of my memories begin, and I have always expressed, written and stated we need to live life to the fullest. I believe with every single one of my doctor's appointments, shoot blood sugar tests/pricks, I fear death, and with that fear, I want to live and appreciate every minute I have in my life.
Am I alone with this thought? I don't think so. Last month at the Weekend for Women, Diabetes Sister's conference I attended in DC, the keynote came from Shawn Shepheard, who happened to also have type 1 diabetes. He shared that on Christmas, many moons ago, when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he immediately needed to "squeeze every minute out of life." What an honest thought, and I recognized that he too doesn't want to downplay the health statistics that are not in our favor, but rather he wants to use this fuel to seek happiness.
Like Shawn - I am "winning with diabetes" because it has given me the opportunity to be more connected to my soul, my purpose, my passion and serves as a reminder to seek happiness and adventure.
I have accepted my limitations and I continue to push beyond them and I thank gratitude for the solution.
How are you winning in life?