After my diagnosis I was faced with a whole lot of new information. With understanding I could make better choices about my treatment and lifestyle changes. With knowledge I could make informed choices.
After my diagnosis I was faced with a whole lot of new information.
Well, it was new to me. Doctors, dietitians, websites, books, co-workers, friends, family… They all had something to say about diabetes, how it works (or doesn’t work, as the case may be), its complications, and what’s the best way to “treat” it.
Living well with diabetes, I started with the big picture. What are my life priorities?
When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I was forced to look at how I was doing things.
What are my habits? How do they affect my health? How am I spending my time? What is most important to me? What am I willing to do differently? What am I not?
Frankly, it was overwhelming. Where to start?
I started with the big picture. What and who are most important to me? Looking back on my life from 60 or 70 or 80 or 90 years old what do I want to see? (Yeah, I think I can live that long.) What do I want to get out of life? What experiences? What relationships? What impact do I want to have? Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Life Priorities”
When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes it took the wind out of my sails. It really made me stop. It made me stop and think and feel and worry. As with any chronic illness, diabetes means you have to change the way your living. If not, it only gets worse.
When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes it took the wind out of my sails.
It really made me stop. It made me stop, and think, and feel, and worry. I thought of all the people I know that have diabetes. I thought about how well or poorly they managed their health. I felt sad and scared and overwhelmed. I worried that I would fail.
As with any chronic illness, diabetes means you have to change the way you are living. You have to do something. If not, it only gets worse.