Today’s Topic: We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.). (Thanks to Hilary of Rainie and Me for this topic suggestion.)
The greatest accomplishment that I have made diabetes wise is to become a diabetes advocate and a voice for the “Other Types of Diabetes”. The more people that learn that you can get diabetes in other forms is extremely important. I spoke at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in 2008. They were held in San Francisco that year (my backyard). From the questions that were asked in the Q&A after I spoke told volumes of how uninformed Endocrinologists, CDE’s, and other diabetes care givers were unaware of this “type” of diabetes. How to care for us “others” was news for these professionals.
I’m hoping to keep educating and informing as many people as I possibly can. Each person that learns about Other Types of Diabetes is an accomplishment to me.