Monday, 11 May 2015

I Can-Can

In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can...”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could?  Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  

"There's no such word as can't. It's won't"
This is the phrase that went through my mind as soon as I saw today's topic. A phrase that my parents used through my childhood. When I gave up learning how to ride a bike or when I made excuses for a so-called friend continually letting me down. 

When I got diagnosed I had no idea of the stigma surrounding diabetes, or how many people say 'Oh I didn't know you could eat/do that!'. Of course I can! I can do anything I put my mind to (apart from create sodding insulin!!). I let my fear stop me from driving for 4 years, fear of having a hypo at the wheel and the repercussions. All I had running through my head was "I can't". Meeting John made me break through that and turn it into into "I can". I used to sob at the thought of driving and now I'm driving my sister and I to comedy gigs!

There are days where I let Diabetes get the better of me and yes it does stop me from going here or eating that. It's just one day though, most of the time I can go and I do eat that. I turn to the wonderful DOC who never fail to remind me that I'm never on my own and I can do whatever I put my mind to :)

I'm about to enter a whole new phase of my Diabetes, by starting the pump, which will hopefully give me more confidence, independence and less sad days.


Kelley said...

Aww, good luck with the pump!

Vicki said...

I'm so glad you met someone to help you break the "I can't" thought. Because you can, you are and you will :) Loads of love, xxx

Laddie Lindahl said...

I absolutely love the title of your blog and the graphics. I hate coffee and drink a lot of tea, but lately have been lazy using tea bags and K-cups. Look forward to reading more of your blog:-) I think that you'll find the pump to be a wonderful addition to your diabetes care.

Karen said...

I can't even tell you how very proud I am!!! I hope you know how amazing you are.

Reva Berman said...

Aw yay it's great that you were able to do something that originally held you back!

Allison Nimlos said...

When I was younger, someone told me that there were only 3 things she couldn't do: join the Peace Corps, join the army, and be a commercial airline pilot. Honestly, that's not very much that we "can't" do and I always try to remember those three things when I get discouraged.

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