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DBlog Week: Post 5) Awesome Things

Awesome things – Friday 5/13: In February the #dsma blog carnival challenged us to write about the most awesome thing we’d done DESPITE diabetes.  Today let’s put a twist on that topic and focus on the good things diabetes has brought us.  What awesome thing have you (or your child) done BECAUSE of diabetes?  After all, like my blog header says, life with diabetes isn’t all bad!


Those, not many, but some, who are truly capable, have done/learned Awesome things because of my Diabetes Do exist.

There’s a Lot going in my life right now. Too much. Not enough good. It happens. It’s life. Go with the flow. One day at a time. Laugh. Be crass. Cry if need be but always, Always, I will forever be myself. I will Not change because life did. Hope that made sense.

Recently I received a much needed reminder of who I Truly am, from my father. Yes, he is the other person that has done many things because of my Diabetes. Together we have. We have learned a lot together also. Here is a Great message and reminder for all.

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Always remember – people NEED genuine people in their lives – at least genuine people do.

Asking for and reaching out to others, even if you have “nothing” to offer, but most of us are drawn to that – because it validates our own lives, makes us a part of something larger than ourselves, gives us hope that if others can survive their own problems, maybe we can too, and in so doing, makes us part of a “tribe” that looks out for each other without even thinking about it. We survive by caring about others above ourselves. The strength we get from that makes us better people, so it’s a self-reinforcing mechanism. We survive because we survive, or fall,  together.

OTOH, when we get all wrapped up in ourselves, we simply isolate ourselves. And moreso. Repeat. Rinse and repeat.

People who share genuine concern, share life, share love, don’t need a lot, because that gets to the heart of our lives. Once we realize that we can only change ourselves and can’t make anyone else do anything, we each sort of work on our own self, making us better people, and the others in our lives share that because they’re part of our lives. People often don’t WANT us to “help” in concrete ways, they want to share the experiences because that’s how they grow too.

Don’t ever think you have nothing to give, because you’re often giving the most precious part of life itself in a tribe – living it with others, not through them, and certainly not in spite of them!

Pay it forward.

*sniff sniff* Thanks, Dad.  Love you too.

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