Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 16 - 20 Juvenation Blog Carnival

Day 16 - Quote of the Day

Obstacles are great incentives - Jules Michelet

For this post, I chose the quote from my blog page.  I selected it today for the same reason I did the day I placed it.  Obstacles in life make you stronger.  My disease has made me stronger.

I am sure many of you can relate.  You can take a time in your life that was difficult and use it to learn.

Hemingway said, "The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places."  I believe this.  Everyone has something.  It is how we choose to live our lives that matters.

When I was diagnosed, it was hard to see what this disease would bring me someday.  The relationships I have built through the years that have been directed related to diabetes are some of my strongest.  It has made my marriage stronger.  My career stemmed from it.  Everyday it teaches me to empathize with people, no matter their situation.  It gave me a new appreciation for science.  For policy.  for national health care.  It made me stronger.

I hope it always will.  

Day 17 - Something I need to change is...

Most of us have something in our lives that is due an overhaul.  Mine happens to be exercise.

I exercise.  I exercise often.  I just don't do it often enough.

I need to change my work lifestyle so that exercise fits seamlessly into the process.  It needs to be just as important as a deadline.


Day 18 - What I didn't expect...

I didn't expect that diabetes would make it so hard to do certain normal things.  Like pregnancy.  Once on Facebook (of course), I mentioned that I had to plan a pregnancy out roughly a year in advance.  This is a foreign concept to most people as they don't usually plan to get pregnant, it just happens.  Until I became ready for this, I didn't know the work it entailed either.

It is really hard.

Day 19 - Things you are frustrated most about diabetes?

The misconceptions!!  The myths!!  The confusion between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  I could go on and on and on.  But, I won't.

Day 20 - Write about a blog or a diabetes website you really like and why?

I love ALL of them.  Yes, I could post the ones I read on a daily basis, but you read those as well.  I will read anything diabetes related, I just wish I had more time.  All of you, keep on blogging!

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