I’m participating in this year’s Diabetes Blog Week.
Today’s prompt: We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.). (Thanks to Hilary of Rainie and Me for this topic suggestion.)
Just shy of twenty years with diabetes means that coming up with an accomplishment shouldn’t so hard, right? I mean, I’ve accomplished a lot in the last 19 years with diabetes. From big stuff like raising thousands of dollars for research to small stuff like landing at 116 mg/dl post-Magnolia cupcake. I’ve run a 5K, met with Members of Congress, traveled to Europe, and I even convinced someone to marry me. All in all, it shouldn’t be too hard to pick an accomplishment.
For example, I think tracking down a new Lifescan meter in Paris, France when my one-and-only glucose meter that I brought from home crapped out in Versaille was an accomplishment. I barely remembered any French and believe me, “glucose meter” and “dead battery” were not part of my high school French vocabulary. We eventually found a British pharmacy on the Champs d’Elyssees that sold glucose meters that I could actually understand. Of course, my blood sugar (24 hours after my last test) was upwards of 300 mg/dl but let’s just not talk about that….
But to be honest, I don’t really think I’ve achieved my greatest accomplishment yet. There are two things that I want to accomplish in my diabetes life, and so far I haven’t done either of them yet.
I want to become a Certified Diabetes Educator and I want to become a mother.