|This photo was taken two years ago at Slipstream (CIM)|
I told her that it likely comes from a mix of things - the reason why I am so positive about my diabetes and life in general. First of all, when I was diagnosed on March 13th 2009, I was instantly introduced to an organization called Connected in Motion. By instant, I mean literally in the hospital bed in the E.R.
The first diabetic that I officially met was the creator of this not-for-profit group for young adults with type one. We met at a small cafe in Brantford, Ont. and chatted about our diabetes - me being only a couple weeks into the whole lifestyle. I remember at that moment that I felt so completely OK with my diabetes. I remember her talking about extreme thirst, having to make frequent bathroom visits, weight loss....everything you can find on the back of a diabetes pamphlet was coming from the mouth of someone I felt inspired by and totally connected to.
So, when I think about my diagnosis, I think to myself what if I hadn't met another inspiring diabetic the first few weeks. What if I met no one? What if I met the grumpiest, negative diabetic who told me it wouldn't be O.K? Well, my diagnosis would have probably went a lot worse, I may not have never continued writing this blog, never thought of the type 1 diabetes meme page, never put myself out there to get nominated for IDF or climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
It's never to late to change your mind about your diagnosis though. You may have had a horrible run at it so far, but it's never to late to be re-inspired.