I don’t have a hard time seeing the bright side of my Type 1 diabetes at all.
I’ve said it before on this blog and I’ll say it again: I am most likely healthier because I have Type 1 diabetes. Here’s why I say that:
*I’m always very mindful of what I eat, since I have to take insulin anytime food enters my mouth. Eating crap like donuts just doesn’t seem worth it to me. I don’t want to take the time to figure out when to dose my insulin, exactly how much to take, etc to avoid a super high blood sugar. I’m lazy like that, so it’s easier to just abstain from donuts. And other similar crap.
*Even on days I don’t feel like getting much exercise, I do it, without fail, because I know what a big difference it makes on my blood sugars for that day. It’s a form of instant gratification for me.
*If I feel like I’m getting sick, one of the first symptom I always have is a rise in my blood sugars. I’m not sure why, but I take it to mean that my body is under extra stress, fighting something off. So, I take it super easy and get extra rest on that day. And usually, the result is that I don’t end up getting sick. I have a feeling if more people just tried sleeping when they were feeling the start of a cold or something minor like that, they might be able to fight it off almost immediately upon waking from a good long nap. I’m not kidding! The power of sleep is a beautiful mystery.
*I regularly see my endocrinologist. Like most Type 1s, I go to my doctor about 3 times a year. If something is off in my bloodwork, even if it’s beyond my blood sugar, I’m made aware of it. She asks me questions and reminds me about other doctor’s I need to check in with like my opthamologist, a screening for my heart health, etc. In other words, regularly seeing a physician as I do, I get reminded often about the condition of my health. And because of that, I don’t ignore things. (Most things. Although, every now and then, I definitely blow some things off for longer than I should. Hello, gynocologist- I don’t enjoy my visits with you.)
I think I am lucky to have Type 1. If I had to get a challenging disease thrown at me, I’m glad it was this one. I watched my Mom endure chemotherapy after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I wish she had just had Type 1 instead, and she’d more than likely still be here, living a totally normal life.
I try to never complain about diabetes. I personally don’t have a reason to. I know other people that have faced huge challenges because of it that I, fortunately, haven’t had to deal with. Living in the moment is a good practice. And in this moment, all is well. And that’s one of the many bright sides I see.