Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”. But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit. Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly! Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes. Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!
One great thing I do for myself is forgive my mistakes and remind myself that we all have bad days. All my life I’ve dealt with a lot of self-blame for everything that happens, and diabetes makes things a little bit harder. After all, there is a lot of stigma when it comes to type 2 because “we did this to ourselves.” Can I have a better control of my diabetes and make better choices? Absolutely. But like Karen’s introduction says, we aren’t perfect.
I think living with diabetes and interacting with the DOC has increased my sense of compassion because I really try to put myself in other people’s shoes regarding the many frustrations that come with this condition. I care, a lot! That is my one great thing… the need to connect, the need to understand, the need to remind people that it’s OK to mess up because every day is a new beginning.
I like to sit with people like Marie, who have a positive attitude toward life’s challenges. We laugh at her Dexcom and I ask her to teach me how she manages her type 1 diabetes. I care, I want to get to know people and see how things work for them.