Friday, November 14, 2014

World Diabetes Day 2014

I seem to be in a very different place each year when November 14th rolls around. Last year I talked about what brought me into the Diabetes Online Community, the year before that I wrote about "in sickness and in health", and in 2011 it was all about how Diabetes is such a big "thing" but you can't punch it in the face.

This year I'm here. I'm physically in Houston in the midst of my Flight Controller training to pilot the International Space Station. I worked hard Diabetes-wise and achieved my best A1C since being diagnosed 16 years ago. I worked through some insurance issues, and finally feel that I have a plan to keep organized with supplies and appointments. It may not be perfect, but I have legitimately exercised far more this year than I ever have before. I've never been afraid to talk about Diabetes, but this year I made a more conscious effort to insert myself when casual conversations about Diabetes were stirring up misinformation.

I'm not proud of this disease...but I am proud of the person I have become in spite of it.