Hey there! Welcome back to Real Talk with Dave! This week, I wanted to talk about something that some may not always want to think about. First of all, in any situation in life, there is always something to be grateful for. When that concept is applied to Diabetes, for example, it may be hard to think of the positives over the negatives. However, there is so much to be grateful for and so much light amidst the darkness of T1D.
Last week, as I offered a giveaway on my Instagram, @type1livabetic, for my amazing followers, one of the requirements to enter in the giveaway was to comment on my photo one thing that they actually like about Type 1 Diabetes. After receiving many comments on the photo from different people living with Type 1 Diabetes around the world, it made me think about it and ask myself that very question. When I sat down and thought about Diabetes as a whole, there were many things that I was reminded of as to why Diabetes is a horrible thing on its own, but the more I thought about it, I remembered how many blessings have come from T1D in my life.
For starters, I was diagnosed when I was only 11 years old. Obviously, as a kid who was transitioning into becoming a teen, I felt like I had lost a big part of my life. When you’re only 11, it can be hard to think positively and think of things that you are potentially grateful for in your Diabetic journey. The last few years, though, I have really opened my eyes and saw the big picture of T1D. It was clear to me on what Diabetes really is. Diabetes is manageable and livable (that’s something to be grateful for, right?). Don’t get me wrong, there are some really hard days along the way, but despite that, we have the proper medication and treatment solutions to help ease the difficulty of T1D.
One thing that I have really enjoyed and that has brought me so much joy and support the last few years has been the growing amount of support in the Diabetic community. Lots of people had mentioned this when they commented on my photo with their own honest answers. We have all somehow formed a bond with each other, whether it be online or in person, where we all just get each other, all because of this one thing we like to call Diabetes. Who would have thought such a horrible disease could bring millions of people together for the greater good?
We have all somehow formed a bond with each other, whether it be online or in person, where we all just get each other, all because of this one thing we like to call Diabetes.
A few other things I personally enjoy about T1D would definitely be the responsibility it teaches you to have, the independence you’re given, and also the added knowledge you are given as a person. How many of you reading this have taken a test before where there was a question about Diabetes and you automatically knew the answer because, well… you have Diabetes yourself and go through it every single moment of your life (especially during that test!). It’s always good to know more about life and how we as humans work, so by having Diabetes, you are able to know more than you would have ever imagined.
Last but not least, the one thing that I can honestly say is the thing I love the most about living with Diabetes every day, every single moment of every day, and every big and major life event I go through is the gift of empathy. People have asked me what I feel I have gained from living with this disease and my go-to answer is simply… empathy! One of the coolest things in life is being able to understand how someone else may be feeling, maybe not exactly, but by having an idea of what they are going through, and being able to connect with them one-on-one, regardless of their situation. In my 9 years of living along side T1D, I have come across several people who go through different challenges, whether it be a health issue or just a stressful life problem, and being able to feel for them, as well as with them, and by knowing how hard it can be to go through something so bad is so good for the soul in which you can take time to stop and listen to each other, offering help and support, which in the end, that’s what we should do for one another, right?
In my 9 years of living alongside T1D, I have come across several people who go through different challenges, whether it be a health issue or just a stressful life problem, and being able to feel for them, as well as with them, and by knowing how hard it can be to go through something so bad is so good for the soul in which you can take time to stop and listen to each other, offering help and support, which in the end, that’s what we should do for one another, right?
Regardless of the fact that Type 1 Diabetes is difficult and has its ups and downs, there is always something to be grateful for. We each may have different views and answers, but whatever pleases you and makes you appreciate the life you live, Diabetic or not, that in itself is something to be thankful for. And the bottom line is that we’re all still alive, isn’t that worth being thankful for?!
So, if you haven’t already, ask yourself: What do you like about Type 1 Diabetes?
Live well, Dave