The month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and today is World Diabetes Day.
Having lived with Type 1 Diabetes as my constant companion for 20+ years, I count my lucky stars that I have no complications from the disease. I know that is not the case for many people who have had it as long as I have.
So let me give a shout out to some of those lucky stars of mine now, and hope that in focusing on the positives, they will continue to multiply- not just for me, but for anyone and everyone affected by diabetes.
Star #1: I have pretty good insurance. This year, I went for the “high deductible plan”, which felt a little scary, but worked out okay. I am so lucky to have access not only insulin which keeps me alive, but things that make diabetes easier to manage… In particular, my Dexcom CGM. Thank GOD my insurance helps me on that. I wish everyone could be so lucky. I do not take it for granted.
Star #2: As mentioned above, I am so grateful for my Dexcom. It’s been a life changer for me and Dexcom really should seriously consider hiring me to be a spokesperson for what a great product it is, and how much I love the company. I can’t help but mention, on a daily basis, what a huge fan I am.
Star #3: I have a lifestyle that makes living with diabetes easier. I love to be active, I (usually) make smart choices about what I eat, and I do a lot of things that keep my stress level low.
Star #4: I have friends that also have T1. I am so lucky to not only know others with diabetes, but to call them my friends. If I need to complain, or if something weird is happening regarding my diabetes, they are the people I talk to first…not my doctors. Other Type 1s, who live with it 24/7/365, just get it like no one else can.
Star #5: Because I’ve known my husband since high school, he knew me before diabetes, during my diagnosis, and now, many years later. When it was scary for me, he was calm. And now, we don’t see it as a big deal or crisis, but it’s something we both have to deal with. There have been plenty of times, me and my diabetes have cramped our style just a little, for just a brief moment or two (ha!) but he’s been patient with me, always.
Star #6: NO COMPLICATIONS. So far, so good. Thank God. Really. Thank you, God.
I know there are more stars out there, and I’ve only counted a few of them. But I really do feel lucky. And grateful.
I have seen so many good things come along since my diagnosis, and I know there are even bigger and better things in the near future for Type 1 Diabetes. Whether or not there is an actual cure someday, I know the smarties of the world out there are working hard to make it easier for us. I celebrate those people today. Happy World Diabetes. ❤️