As you can imagine being diagnosed at age eighteen I had lived a childhood much like the average child. I was able to indulge, attend sleepovers with less worry of my parents and had much less worries of myself. After being diagnosed I was given a much different path in life than I had ever expected - what I knew about the world suddenly changed and the fragility of the world seemed much more apparent. I was given an eye opening, everlasting experience.
My first thoughts on being diagnosed were not sad ones. I had linked my diabetes to my grandparents which I soon found out was not at all what I had in store for myself. I smiled on the edge of the hospital bed because I had no idea what life was going to be like, so to stay calm and positive was my first instinct. When I realized how much hard work and time I was going to put into diabetes that was when I knew that life from this point on was going to be different.
Compassion truly comes from learning from your own experiences and applying it to others and truly understanding. Once I realized how easy it was for my life to change and how difficult it can be, I began to look at others dilemmas and hurdles with the same kind of focus. Similarly, when I was first given negative criticism about the blog. Once you receive negative criticism, you soon realize those nasty posts you see on Youtube accounts or Facebook pages are effecting someone - someone who may be very passionate about what they do, or very happy the way they are.
When I realized what this blog had become, I refocused my goals and knew that the power I have is to give hope to those living with diabetes and to show that I am compassionate about others living with the disease. We all take on diabetes differently. We have bad days for all kinds of different reasons, but in the end we can all come together at the end of that day and regroup and share our stories to learn from one another.
Just remember that everyone has their own battles, everyone has different things that make them tick, laugh and cry. We are all different, yet we can all become compassionate caring people because we've all faced many hurdles and obstacles in our life time to know that life is difficult, but everything will be O.K.