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While I know that many of us have negative feelings about our diabetes, there's the complications, side effects of medication, etc., I try my very best to stay positive (in all aspects of life, but especially when it comes to my T1D) even when I am absolutely fed up with the constant monitoring, testing, injecting, etc.. My experience with the disease has been anything but easy, so please do not think I am being glib...
You may think I am nuts, but sometimes I am thankful for it - I like to think that we do not get handed anything in life we cannot handle - because it has taught me a lot. Diabetes has shown me things about myself I may never have discovered, it has shown me a lot about other people, and it has given me an appreciation for life that I think MOST people (Ds and nonDs alike) ignore. My husband sometimes jokes that if I can "go" (I like the fullest plate I can handle - not of food, but of life!) like I go and have diabetes, he fears what I would do absent of diabetes ;)
So I ask, am I alone? Or, is there something positive you can say about the diabetes in your life (whether your own or someone you care about)? Has it taught you something you do not think you would have learned without being diabetic?
Got a different one for you, Bec.
One of the positives for me of diabetes is the tech. I love technology, work in the tech industry, have an engineering background (although I'm a management drone these days, COO of our small company).
The Omnipod and Dexcom are interesting toys to a person like me. Understanding how my body reacts to food and insulin, then taking on the challenge of trying to be "gluconormal" with these devices is interesting and fun (when it's not annoying and intrusive, as it is sometimes).