I’m inspired today by OmniPod’s online community website, Suite D. They asked a bunch of us bloggers to tell them what about diabetes we’re thankful for. I know I know, diabetes is generally a rotten, no-good, selfish, beta-cell destroying bastard BUT you have to admit, there’s some good things about having this disease. For example, if you’re reading this blog, you’ve just connected with someone else who has diabetes. Whoopee!! What’s that you say? Just reading I Run on Insulin isn’t enough to say “thanks” to diabetes:) Well that’s ok – there truly are many things that having diabetes has brought into my life that I am thankful for. So in honor of the holiday of giving thanks coming up tomorrow, here’s a short list of why I’ll thank diabetes before I carve that (low carb!) turkey. Feel free to add your own here in the comments, and check out all the entries over at Suite D:
- I’m thankful that diabetes has helped me find a fulfilling career where I can help other people with diabetes.
- I’m thankful diabetes inspired me to start a blog so I can follow a passion of mine (writing) while connecting with amazing individuals living well with diabetes.
- I’m thankful diabetes brought me to volunteer at the Tour de Cure – it’s an incredible event to volunteer for, and after all, this happened there.
- I’m thankful diabetes forces me to take care of my whole self and my whole health. When I decided to get my diabetes under control 12 years ago, I learned to eat better, to work out, and to take care of my body.
- I’m thankful that diabetes gave me the opportunity to contribute to this book, amongst other women learning to make (sugar-free) lemonade out of life’s lemons.
- Most importantly, I’m thankful that diabetes has taught me that our health is our most important gift, and never to be taken for granted.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy the time with your loved ones. And don’t be ashamed of taking a few extra units to cover that pumpkin pie – it’s totally bolus-worthy.