If I could best describe diabetes, I would say that it’s incredibly monotonous. How do I psych myself up to check my blood sugar, count the carbs in my food and deliver my insulin? How do I psych myself up to check my blood sugar again, count the carbs in my food again and deliver my insulin again?
One of the hardest things about diabetes is being able to muster enthusiasm to do this thing day in, day out. How do I keep my diabetes management feeling fresh and exciting? How do I keep myself feeling energised to put in the best effort I possibly can each day, without ever getting a break? How do I keep myself motivated when diabetes suddenly decides that what was working for me yesterday, is not going to work today?
Today marks a decade with diabetes. It doesn’t really feel like a decade. It feels like forever. I can also say that it doesn’t really feel like anything extra special when you have to do this all day, every day for the rest of your life.
Technology is one of those things that has firmly helped me to manage my diabetes in the best way that I possibly can. I acknowledge my privilege in being able to say that. The t:slim is a massive upgrade to the old Animas Vibe which constantly fatigued me. Being able to leave the house with nothing more than my phone and glucose tabs is the best feeling in the world. My rebatteried Dexcom has given me a greater level of convenience in my day to day with diabetes which I’ve never had before.
But it would undoubtedly be the power of peer support that helps to re-energise me in my diabetes efforts on a daily basis. From the #OzDOC chats of old, to being part of the Young Adult Diabetes Committee, right through to events like DX and the Diabetes Congress where I’ve met so many amazing people with and connected to diabetes. It fills my cup to the point where its overflowing, each and every time.
I’ve invested so much into myself over these past ten years, and I’m not sure that I ever would have found the motivation to do that if it weren’t for the community I have wrapped around me.
So, I guess today doesn’t feel like anything particularly special. It just feels like any other ordinary Saturday. Outside of Mother’s Day plans, I don’t really have anything special planned for today. I think I’m just grateful for that sense of normality. Well, as close to normality as possible when you have diabetes.
A decade with diabetes has beyond surpassed my expectations.
Thanks for being a part of it.