Sorry this behind- I didn’t have good wifi at the airport, and the first day in Paris was busy! If it is a little rushed sorry again- some of this I will talk about again!
We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).
I am a completely different person because of Diabetes. I honestly don’t know where I would be, and what I would be doing right now with my life. Not saying I don’t dislike it sometimes or wish there was a cure.
One of the things that Diabetes has brought into my life – is speaking. Now that I think about it- I have been actually speaking about Diabetes and camp since I was about 9 or 10. I started getting really into it towards the end of high school, and it kind of took off while I was in college. I speak with DRC usually (the Disability Resource Center). I am a part of the speaker’s bureau. Basically, myself and several others go around, usually on campus, speaking to people and educating people about disabilities. I do a lot of educational speaking, but motivational as well.
I love it– I get such a high (the good kind – like a runner’s high). I really love it! I hope to continue it forever!
The accomplishment isn’t exactly speaking. but the reaction I got the first time I spoke.
It was to a group of students and teachers who were part of an organization for students with disabilities (partner’s for success), some had a disability and some did not.
I was nervous because it was my first time, but once I started I couldn’t stop.
When I finished – I asked if anyone had any questions or comments- One brave girl raised her hand-
“You’re my hero! I feel like I can follow my dreams now.”
Let’s just say- it took everything in me not to cry! I will always remember that!
After, all the adults said I made them cry, and all the kids told me how awesome I was.
I have been speaking continuously ever since, and I am so glad that I did make an impact, and that that was my first experience.
My accomplishment- the brave girl raising her hand.
Love, Words, Inspiration, and Insulin! -Until next time! and until there’s a cure!
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