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I've been thinking lately that will the people who support me now in the beginning stages of my T1D journey be there for the long haul. Having had chronic pancreatitis I saw supposed friends come and go over the years but one person has remained strong in his support of me over the years...my husband.
Last week we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. (I can't believe I'm old enough to say that!!) The card I got him says,
"We've been through a lot together. You've seen me at my best, my worst, and first thing in the morning."
But he truly has seen me at my best and my worst, and that's not always first thing in the morning!! But despite him experiencing me at my worst more often than I like to admit, he stays with me...and I with him. I can count on him through thick and thin. We have a system that although might not work for others, works for us.
But as I said, this got me to thinking...how many friends will I lose due to yet another chronic disease to contend with. My life with chronic pancreatitis left me with a much smaller circle of friends due to my inability to always be able to keep social plans I made when I was feeling well.
Through all of my medical struggles though, and I think the T1D journey will be no different, I have met and continue to interact with some amazing people. I definitely have learned who my true friends are through all of the ups and downs. I have met some girls through a mutual love of all things sewing and I'm betting they'll be supporting me through all of the good times and the bad times of the coming years, just as I will continue to support and love them.
I also have come to rely, respect and admire some amazing doctors and nurses that have come to be an integral part of my healthcare team. I've fired some less than stellar medical people through my tenure with chronic illness but have a truly remarkable team now that I know I can all upon at a moments notice, just like my husband. Although chronic illness stinks, I have met some amazing people who, if not for the illness, I wouldn't have met. So, I'm thankful for all of the facets of my life, even the negative stuff.
What is the most positive aspect of your diabetes?? Who is your biggest supporter?
Remember, CHECK!! DON'T GUESS!!