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My Awesome Thing.

The most awesome thing I have done in spite of diabetes is . . . .

lived.

Plain and simple. And yet, sometimes, not so plain and not so simple.

To LIVE in spite of Diabetes means having goals and focusing even more when someone says "you can't." To LIVE in spite of Diabetes means forgetting about it enough to keep going, but thinking about it enough to stay alive.

LIVING in spite of Diabetes means traveling out of the country and trusting that everything will be ok. LIVING in spite of Diabetes requires balance, patience and determination.

It means not using Diabetes as an excuse, not letting it hold you back from trying new things even if you aren't sure what your blood sugar will look like afterward [or during, or before]. It means asking for help sometimes, someone to carry you when it's too much to handle, someone that doesn't want Diabetes to steal your LIVING from you. It means joining marching band, going water skiing, being the Editor-In-Chief, taking walks, working out, being a counselor, moving away from home, getting a scholarship, working for NASA, going to grad school, directing a handbell choir, going on trips, flying on helicopters, making a living, buying a house, cuddling with a wiener dog, feeding a 30lb cat, loving the family, and taking care of the BF.

 It means all those things, because that is what LIVING with Diabetes is all about. And it is awesome. In fact, sticking my nose up at Diabetes and not letting it steal my LIFE everyday is awesome.

LIVING is the most awesome thing I have done in spite of Diabetes.

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This post is my February entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/introducing-the-dsma-blog-carnival/

Comments

  1. April-

    Beautiful post! I love your blog!! I wonder if aliens have diabetes?

    Be Blessed
    Cherise

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  2. go for it.
    will need to bring my 2 diabetic kids to see your blog soon.

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  3. What an eloquent way to sum up just what it means to have diabetes. This was a beautiful post!!

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  4. yeah! What an inspiration you are to countless young children with type 1!

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