Today we've been asked to put a twist on the topic and focus on the good things diabetes has brought us. What awesome thing have you (or your child) done BECAUSE of diabetes? You can check out other postings at the link below which will be easier to cut and paste manually into a new page rather then clicking on it (hopefully you take the extra steps in order to get to the page I want to have linked - showing ALL the postings - otherwise if you click on this link - you won't see it - sigh - I'm a test guinea pig for Diabetes1.org) - http://www.blenza.com/linkies/links.php?owner=KarenBitterSweet&postid=04May2011a
So, on with the good stuff with diabetes ....
I think with having been told as a teenager that I wouldn't live past 40 years of age - a comment that I find many of us long term diabetics share - is that it made me realise that I wanted to do things that perhaps were in my fear factor area that otherwise I would never have done. I'm still waiting to jump out of an airplane - dressed in blue - to form the international sign of diabetes - the blue circle. Hopefully I'll do it with others before the cost of fuel for airplanes becomes outrageous! Hmm, wonder if I'll get to wear my black cat suit and cape?
The most " awesomeost " thing for me since discovering the D-OC (diabetic online community) when I first started pumping my insulin (eat your heart out Arnie) - is the people I've met (some in person) - both diabetic and nondiabetic. We all share a common goal with wanting the best out of life. Even better is meeting up with D-parents and their kids and showing them that diabetes isn't a death sentence. My friends daughter Jenna who had terminal cancer died too young a few years ago, but she would be alive today if she had diabetes. I would have been her mentor to helping her thru' the rough times we diabetics sometimes go through.