Some background on me, I have been living with type 1 diabetes for thirteen years now. I was diagnosed at six years old. I’ve had many “high and lows” with this disease in this past thirteen years. There is no denying that you need to have tough skin to deal with diabetes (literally speaking too!). Type 1 diabetes, if I am being honest, sucks. Though there are many negative things to say about this disease, I try to focus on the positive. In the past year, my perspective on diabetes and life in general has had quite a shift. I have come to realize how truly lucky I am.
This past year, if I am being honest, has been a whirlwind of emotions for me. Earlier this year, my grandmother got diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Also known amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS for short. This has affected me tremendously on a personal level as I am very close to my grandma.
In this past year, I went from seeing my strong and healthy grandmother who was in the best shape of all of her friends suddenly become very sick. She can no longer do the things that she used to be able to do and enjoys doing. The day my grandmother was diagnosed was the day everything changed. Nothing is how it used to be. It is really hard seeing somebody you love so much suffer so much. I was so used of her being healthy, and then everything changed. How my grandmother deals with it though is the most admirable thing about her.
My grandmother, despite everything this disease has taken away is still the upbeat and positive person that she has always been. Never once have I heard her complain. She does not focus on what has been taken away from her. She focuses on the positive side of everything and she is still that happy and upbeat person I have always known. This is so inspirational and admirable about her. Seeing how well my grandmother handles all of this despite how HORRIBLE the situation is and how much it has taken away from her has made me realize a few things.The main thing that it has made me realize is how truthfully lucky I am.
Diabetes, may stink, but it is a manageable disease. It is not always easy, and sometimes it really stinks. However, I am so lucky. Diabetes does not prevent me from doing the things that I want to do. While it may be an inconvenience at times, it could always be so much worse, and in the past year I have seen that firsthand. My grandmother’s diagnosis has really changed my perspective on diabetes and life in general. Despite everything she has been through in the past year, and everything ALS has taken away from her, she is in good spirits and very positive. Truthfully inspiring. By far the most inspiring person I have ever met. It has made me realize if she can go through everything she is and still be positive, then so can I.
I now try to focus on the positives of things instead of the negatives. Diabetes, in short, is a blessing compared to what I could have. Life is too short to not focus on my blessings and to be unhappy. I have a manageable disease, and in a way, that is a blessing in it’s own. While it can be an inconvenience at times, it does not stop me from doing the things I want to do. I have taken so much for granted in my life, and I am not going to do that anymore. As with my grandmother’s situation, you never know when things could suddenly change forever. What I have today, I could no longer have tomorrow. I am not taking anything for granted anymore. Not even the things that seem so simple. Because in the end, these are the things that are the most important. Being alive and in the shape I am in today is a miracle. From this point on, I will be counting my blessings and living everyday as if tomorrow everything were to change. In the end, I am so lucky to be blessed with the life that I have. I am ready for whatever lies on the road ahead because I know no matter what happens, I will survive.
I knew I was not going to get through this post without crying. If you take anything from this post, I hope it be to count your blessings and to live everyday as if tomorrow everything were to change because you never know what is going to happen. You may not be able to change what happened, but what you can do is change your perspective on things.