If I were to send a care package to one of my d-buddies, this is what I’d put in it:
– Chocolate because everybody likes it.
– Alcohol swabs because we all go through them like water.
– A book with encouraging messages on how to handle the daily struggle.
– A card made by me because I like being crafty.
– Something to treat one of those blood glucose lows.
– Sugar free treats because sometimes we need them.
– Chicken noodle soup. Who doesn’t like that?
– A teddy bear with a blue circle pin.
– A pair of soft, fluffy socks.
– A Starbucks gift card because… yum, caffeine! 🙂
I have to admit that I don’t post as often as I did in the past, and I usually go the self-centered way and write about something that’s on my mind. But when I mention other people here, it’s usually because they have inspired me in some way or another. I wouldn’t be where I am right now in the online health community, especially the diabetes online community, if it wasn’t for the amazing people I’ve met. So every time I write about my community, I try to highlight what really makes an impact in my life.
Here are some posts where I talk about others:
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the things I struggle with the most in my day to day life is being mindful, not only of my surroundings but also of myself. I believe it requires practice and a lot of discipline. I’ve tried to meditate many times, but I never stick with it. Ask me how many books on meditation I have, and I probably can tell you the number is bigger than the number of minutes I’ve actually spent in real meditation. I’m not giving up, though… I think it’s important to be present in everything we do.
When it comes to managing my chronic conditions, there is a lot of it that depends on what I eat. Mindful eating is one of the things I want to achieve and practice well. To know what I eat, to enjoy what I eat and to be aware of what it does to my body; also to learn to choose what I put in my mouth based on what I know because I pay attention to myself and how I feel. It’s a big task, let me tell you. Just a few minutes ago, before I sat down to type this post, I ate some cheese curds and I don’t even remember finishing the bag. That’s what I’m talking about.
I guess I’ll try it again… and I’ll probably fail again… but I won’t give up. Here’s a post I wrote a while ago on my old blog about being mindful.
Wouldn’t you know it… there are instructions for this: Take a deep breath. In for five, out for five. Close your eyes to get the full effect. Repeat if necessary until you feel like you’re back into control. Then smile. Look the person directly in the eye and give them a knowing smile. Usually, people find this disarming and want to smile back. Sometimes, this is all it takes.
When it comes to health conditions and each individual’s experience, there will always be someone who doesn’t agree with me. And lately I’ve found myself trying hard not to say something, especially about people with type 2 diabetes. Somehow we’ve been deemed the fat and lazy who deserved to get diabetes; the media doesn’t help and opinion are so divided, I really don’t know right from wrong anymore. I know my personal history, I know I probably could’ve delayed the onset of my diabetes, but the magic cocktail was there for me to develop it. Whether I deserve it or not… that’s another story.
One of the things I struggle the most as diabetes advocate is trying to make other people in the community understand that because I have type 2 it doesn’t mean I have no awareness about other types of diabetes. The constant bashing of type 2s makes me really sad sometimes, and I wish other people wouldn’t be so quick to judge and condemn. Things have gotten to the point that it’s bad that we’re all called diabetics. But that’s a rant for another day. What I’m trying to say is, that in the middle of this struggle, I decide to take the high road and keep on doing what I’m doing: caring, helping, educating.
Sometimes it’s better to smile and keep silent.