When I was diagnosed in 2009 I had no idea what kind of world I was getting into. A world of needles and finger pokes yes. A world that is unpredictable and full of mistakes, annoyances and fears. Before this diagnosis I was an average teenager - I had recently lost weight (hello diabetes symptoms!) got a new boyfriend and for the first time in a long time I was feeling amazing about myself. Then the D-bomb got dropped on me and I was lying in a hospital bed - I am sure everyone can relate.
When I entered the world of diabetes - I did enter it with a smile. And that's weird, I get it. It's strange that I became more positive than I had ever been before, I wasn't feeling amazing about myself like previously because I had too many things going on to even think about how emotionally I was feeling about my appearance - but I was starting to learn a valuable lesson about life that would have never hit me otherwise.
In the past four years I have gone through life with diabetes. Either I was dragging it along with me or it was dragging me behind it. Yes, I have felt the highs, the lows, the disappointment on endo's faces. But, honestly, there is so much you can learn from having to deal with something like diabetes. Those that are living with diabetes are fighters because every single day we wake up knowing that if we don't take care ourselves today there will be no tomorrow.
Let diabetes show you not that you are different, but that you are unique. Let diabetes take you places, let diabetes be the reason you take on challenges, adventures and explorations - prove that diabetes isn't the thing that is holding you back, prove that it is the thing that drives you to be better. Yes, needles and blood checks are annoying, but it can be all worth it. It truly can.