Today’s prompt: Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day. Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day. Is there something positive you tell yourself? Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through? Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost? Maybe we’ve done that and we can help others do it too? (Thanks to Meri of Our Diabetic Life for suggesting this topic.)
For those who knew me when, you may remember that my first blog was called Lemonade Life. I had it from July 2005 until January 2012, which is when I decided to close it and take an extended blog break.
The name was borne out of the phrase “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade” and that has essentially been my primary guiding mantra in life. I consider diabetes to be a rather large lemon, but I do believe there are ways to bring positivity out of it.
Whether that’s getting involved in advocacy to make a difference, getting more fit and active, or becoming close friends with someone in the diabetes community, I think that diabetes can indirectly bring some happiness. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t love diabetes. But I do love that I have had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to be part of two big advocacy events (JDRF’s Children’s Congress and JDRF’s Government Day). I love that I’ve met some amazing women who have become some of my best friends. I love that I already had a huge network of wonderful and kind people when I moved to Minnesota and knew no one besides my husband’s family.
Remembering some of the good things that life with diabetes has brought me doesn’t necessarily make having diabetes okay (I would still really, really like to get rid of it) and I still get frustrated in the moments with the diabetes ups and downs. But I don’t let that be my overarching attitude about my life with diabetes. Diabetes sucks, but my life with diabetes? It’s pretty awesome.
And I think it is incredibly empowering to take something that is supposed to ruin your life (like a chronic illness) and make something good out of it.