This past week on the many diabetic blogs and websites I follow I read many articles about the grief of being diagnosed with diabetes. It’s definitely a life adjustment in many ways.
In my case I lost toes on both feet and have dealt with blurred vision from time to time. I’ve learned through physical therapy and keeping my blood sugars under control how to walk again, and keep my eye sight stable. Every morning I wake up being able to walk and see is a blessing to me. This is one of the many positive thoughts I have everyday.
The most important thing to do when you’re diagnosed is to keep a positive attitude. Yes, your diet will change. You’ll have to learn to function everyday differently now due to what physical limitations you may have. All these thoughts will be going through your mind due to diabetes.
It definitely helps to have a group of supportive friends and family to help you through this, as I’m lucky to have. Whether it’s a ride to the doctors or just a phone conversation, it all helps you deal with your new situation.
They’re also many online support groups and blogs to follow that can help you cope also. Check Facebook or LinkedIn for local or global support.
Getting back to the subject of grief, it’s up to you not to get overwhelmed by diabetes. I remember the first day I was diagnosed with a diabetic foot ulcer and my doctor told me to go to emergency room, and then later on I was admitted. I went from being free to go where I wanted to being stuck in a hospital. All the fears and bad scenarios were going through my mind like, will I lose my foot, how long will I be out of work, and most importantly how will I adjust to my new physical disabilities. It’s very overwhelming laying in a hospital bed not knowing what could happen.
Fortunately I had great therapists, top notch doctors, nurses and the best friends and family anyone could ask for to help me continue moving forward in my life. The most important thing is that I wanted to keep fighting and to get back to my life.
Remember all the positives in your life while you’re lying in that hospital bed, or learning to walk properly again through therapy. It could a friend from the past or present who liked you for who you are and not what you could do for them. It could be a passion you have. I enjoy teaching music, and someday hopefully I’ll be able to be a diabetic mentor to others. Think what lights you up inside and go with it.
It’s like my buddy Yoda from Star Wars once said. “Do or do not, there is no try”.Stay healthy and safe.