Ouch... I mean Om...
I'm here because I'm trying to get an handle on diabetes, and I've come to realize that it's easier to do so if I stop living in denial and talk to people. I've been told that I'm guilty of avoidance, and I know that's a major problem when dealing with such a demanding illness. I'd like create a more enlightened state of mind when it comes to managing my diabetes (and all the other insanity in my life). That doesn't mean I'm going to embrace diabetes.
I am a cynic, an atheist, and a humanist, but I like going to Episcopalian church and Quaker Meetings and I have strong spiritual leanings. I believe in buddhist philosophy: having loving-kindness (compassion) for all beings and following the middle path (moderation). That doesn't necessarily mean that I'm good at following my beliefs.
I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was twelve; I was sick enough to think I was going to die. A year later I became severely depressed. I blame it on the sugar in my brain. It's something I still struggle with.
I love art, writing, nature, nature, and philosophy. I'm a book worm. I'm a little shy, a little silly, and (to my great dismay) no one ever takes me seriously; I get described as "cute" and "geeky" all the time.
If I ever finish college I would like to become a psychologist or a journalist. A psychologist because I am good at understanding people and I know what's it's like to struggle; a journalist because I'm nosy enough to want to understand everything that's going on in the world.
So that's me... and thank you for creating this space.