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Life as Adversity

I’ve been busy for the past few weeks finishing my fourth manuscript. Over the past sixth months I’ve been pouring myself into a story that reflects adversity on a grand scale, but also within a myriad small incidents. It is not at all related to diabetes, but I can’t help relating to the narrative and protagonist and the ways in which he deals with “life as adversity”. His entire world is conflict, but because he knows nothing else, there is no choice for him but to rise up and meet the challenges.

I believe for many of us, we come into diabetes after a period of life that is not littered with the conflicts of this disorder. Certainly we may have had conflict and turmoil prior, but not necessarily the chronic element that is our current life. I also believe it is good to remind ourselves that however weak we may feel from our disease, we are truly more powerful for living with it, and rising to its challenges.

To reinforce this notion, I’ll leave you with a TEDMED talk from Aimee Mullins, a Paralympics record-breaking double-leg-amputee runner, whose speech about adversity will strike a familiar cord. Follow the link and enjoy: http://www.ted.com/talks/aimee_mullins_the_opportunity_of_adversity.html

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