The most important factor in fighting diabetes and all the life changing surgeries and diet choices is to keep a positive attitude. I follow many online diabetic groups and I read many stories from people who have given up, or find living with diabetes is more than they can handle.
In my case I lost several toes and have problems with my vision as a result of diabetes. I was in a rehabilitation facility and had to learn how to walk again after losing several toes. I started in wheelchair, then a walker, a cane, and finally I learned to regain my balance and walk again. I have stated my times on previous blogs about how grateful I am to my trainers, doctors and nurses who helped me gain my independence again. During the whole process, I never doubted I would be able to walk again. I am fortunate to have great friends and family who continue to support me to this day. In the end though, you have to believe in yourself and keep telling yourself you want to live and be able to walk..
The most important thing you can do for yourself is eat right, try not to cheat, and keep your A1C in the 5 to 6 range. Remind yourself daily about the alternatives if you cheat regularly and your sugars are high. You can lose a limb, go blind, and most importantly lose your independence.
People find inspiration from many different places. In my case I have great friends and family. There are also so many things I’d like to do in my life still. I’d like to get a job helping my fellow diabetics with similar issues I have dealt with. I’d like to fall in love again and get married someday to a great girl, and enjoy a happy life. Staying healthy and doing what ever it takes to take care of myself is essential.
Everyone has their own idea of happiness, a better job. relationships, and a sense of accomplishment. It’s up to you to fight diabetes, and not to let it ruin your life. Find the one thing in your life that makes you happy, and keep that thought with you everyday. It could be a great memory from your past, a favorite song, or a person in your life that inspires you.
I’m a music teacher and guitarist. Music has saved me many times. I love it. Find your number one reason to want to live well and keep it on your mind when you feel down. Stay positive!
My next blog I continue to talk about more ways to maintain a healthy diabetic life. Stay healthy and safe.