Diabetes affects many people all over the world. Chances are, if you have not found this information for yourself, that you know someone Battling Diabetes.
My own personal experience with diabetes began when I was seven years old. My mother was thirty-two and had just been informed that she would need to take insulin shots to control her sugar levels. I remember watching her uncap her needles and asking her why she needed to take a shot. It was fascinating to a child that age to watch someone give themselves an injection.
It also put me on the road to learning as much as possible about health, first aid, and diet control. I have never been afraid of needles or injections, but needing to rely on medication to control any aspect of my health was and still is, terrifying. Too many diabetics or children of diabetics, this state of mind is the norm. We want to find a cure or avoid succumbing to the ‘sugar monster’ at all costs.
My Near Brush With Diabetes
To this day, I have only had one near brush with the diabetes diagnosis. During my last pregnancy a test revealed I had Gestational Diabetes. Several tests and many blood draws later, it turned out the test was wrong. Still, it changed my life. Before this mistaken diagnosis, I already ate very little candy, watched my sugar intake in other foods, and tried to stay as healthy as possible. Afterwards, my husband and I instated a radical change in our outlook on diet. We probably went overboard, in fact, I know we did. I purchased a glucose monitor and checked my sugar levels every few hours. We cleaned out our pantry and gave anything suspect away. Our refrigerator was filled with low/no sugar food, fresh vegetables, and anything we knew was ‘safe’. Shopping took hours, as I insisted on reading every label of every item.
This was a hard lifestyle to keep. Obsessing over every purchase and every bite of food made me feel guilty. What had I done wrong? How did I end up here? The stress was overwhelming. We finally re-assessed what we were doing and decided that moderation was the key. Neither of us had made mistakes, we had just turned one diagnosis into a monster of gigantic proportions.
So, you may be asking yourself, “What is the problem. She was doing just what she should.” Yes, I was. But, I had become militant and irrational. That, dear reader, is the number one way to find yourself on the road to failure. Acceptance and a moderate approach to change will set your feet on the path to success. An open mind with a willingness to change, but still understand that you are human and will have times where you do not stick to a perfect lifestyle. That is the key to Battling The Monster.
Join Me In This Battle
Currently, I care for my mother who has become disabled due to her diabetes. Her health began to fail after years of neglecting her body and denying the diabetes diagnosis. Heart disease, eye disease, and neuropathy have changed her from a vibrant nurse into a nearly invalid. I want to share my knowledge, offer insight for other caregivers, and inform you of innovations on the medical front against diabetes. I sincerely hope that you will join me in this battle against diabetes and that I can help you accept your diabetes so you can avoid the fate of my mother.
Julie E. Fletcher