It’s The Day. Day Number One. You are told you have Diabetes. What are you going to do? You have the ability to choose how you are going to react. And, really, when you come down to it, there are just a few reactions you can have.
Denial. Wow. Why would you ever want to deny you have a disease? Yeah, I know, so you can continue to eat, drink and be merry. But, just because you deny you have Diabetes doesn’t mean it’s going to go away. Quite the opposite will happen – the disease will continue to eat away at your body. Slowly your sweet blood will destroy nerves, organs, hearing, eyesight and more. So, do you really want to deny you have Diabetes if your doctor diagnoses you with it?
Acceptance. Okay, this isn’t bad, and it’s a start. You might take your meds, but then again you might not. I mean, why should you take anything if you aren’t feeling bad? So, skipping a few doses can’t hurt, right? WRONG. Just because you accept the fact you have Diabetes and don’t do anything is almost just as bad as denial. Diabetes will continue to destroy your body from the inside out. Diabetes is controlling you instead of you controlling Diabetes.
I’ve told you about my friend, Marty, right? Strong and healthy looking. He had Diabetes. On the surface everything looked good. But, what he didn’t tell folks was that he had neuropathy – and in his case, he lost the feeling in his feet. He stepped into a hot tub and could not tell that it was really hot. Burned his feet. His feet got infected. Lost them both and the last time I saw him he was a shell of the person he once was. It’s a true story. One that happens all too often. The good news is that it can be prevented.
Denial. Acceptance. Or, you can…
Fight. You can declare your War On Diabetes and fight for control. You know your weapons in this battle: Diet, Exercise, and Meds. You can accept you have Diabetes and understand that you can control the disease. Yes, it will take effort. Yes, you might have to change some of your habits. Yes, there might be a few minor changes in your life. But, you can do it. You can declare your War, fight and win by controlling the disease.
You are not in this fight by yourself. You have a Team. The members of your Team are your doctor, pharmacist, and you. If anyone of them is not encouraging; if they don’t provide you with the information you need to be successful; if they don’t celebrate your successes – trade ’em. Find team members who will help you. You are fighting a disease. You are fighting so you can see your children and grandchildren when you want to; not when it works around a dialysis schedule (25% of those on dialysis are diabetics).
So, what’s it going to be? Deny the disease, or fight and control it? Your choice. It really is just that simple.
As always, thank you for reading.