The opposite discussion - What´s the most annoying comment you've ever gotten about diabetes? - have got 196 comments as I write this. It made me think about the other comments, the ones that make us empowered.
My boyfriend once silently observed me doing my math and my diabetes things wondering what on earth had happende this time. Then he suddenly said with warmth an honest admiration in his voice "You just never give up". It had never occured to me before that I actually don´t. I never give up on me handeling my diabetes. I had never thought of this before and it made me proud of who I am.
So what´s your story?
I've been told the same thing. It makes me proud :)
My empowering comment came from here, and with a little para-phrasing:
You are not your number.
Whether it is my A1C, or current BG, I have to remind myself every once in a while that I AM more than just that number.
My old endo was sometimes a little critical of my questions on treatment and managment and my knowledge of diabetes. It definitely rubbed me the wrong way but then he showed me that he actually respected me. He once said to a medical student (in front of me): This patient knows more than you will likely ever know about diabetes.
my son, 11 yrs old, has had T1 for almost 5 years now. several times, he's been told by his doc that he's a rock star, and that he's had the best A1c in the clinic that day. i know that really makes him feel empowered, and makes me proud of him, and of myself too!
I got my T2 diagnosis in Aug 2012. The doctor's advice was that I take metformin, lose weight, and change my lifestyle. When I researched "diabetes" I realized that I should be testing and correlating how foods affect my BS levels (I started testing 9x/day, sometimes more often). I created spreadsheets to log the information and graphed my weight lose and took all the info with me to the "diabetes specialists" meeting I had in November. I presented my "scientific research" to them. At the end of the appointment they said "I was the ideal diabetic patient". My fingers liked when they said "You don't need to test so often"