Tuesday’s topic for the 3rd Annual Diabetes Blog Week is One Great Thing. What is one great thing that I do as part of managing Madeline’s diabetes?
Thinking about this post, a variety of xylophone-toned, sparkly-smiled 50’s-inspired statements come to mind:
Thanks to Diabetes, my multitasking skills have soared!
Diabetes has made me the math genius I always wanted to be!
All those sleepless nights have taught me how to function as a mother, wife and employee with minimum cognitive effort!
Thanks Diabetes! I finally learned how to accent my daughter’s clothing with stylish pump accessories!
Sadly, none of these is true.
My One Great Thing is a work in progress. You see, I’m trying hard to shift my thinking about T1, to come to see it not as a hated foe, a fear-inspiring monster, an innocence-stealing bastard. I’m trying instead to accept it for what it is: a simple reality. If I view T1 as an enemy, then I spend too much energy clinging to a drifting life raft, fighting to stay afloat and never in control. If I accept it as reality, I become the captain of the boat, steering it where it needs to go.
If I achieve this acceptance, then hopefully Madeline can too. And that would truly be the One Great Thing.