*Note: This is a Flashback Friday post from 2 years ago when it was just 4 days after my diagnosis. I’ve learned so much since then, but tonight I want to encourage you that there will be some overwhelming days, but it will not always be like this. A beautiful journey awaits. Keep fighting, you’ve got this!*
Finding out that you have a chronic illness and the first days and months is a very difficult and challenging ordeal. In an instant, your life changes. You have the initial shock that you have the diagnosis and then the realization that the life that you’ve been accustomed to will never be the same. Suddenly, you’re forced to adjust to the diagnosis itself and lifestyle changes and friends, it can be very daunting. It’s like you’re operating in a trance.
I’m writing this on Day 4 after finding out that I have Type 2 Diabetes. I’ve just had to rush my family member off the phone because it felt like they were giving directives. Before that, my doctor rushed me off the phone, even though I had tons of concerns because my blood sugar was high. Prior to that, I had to talk with the pharmacist so I could get my medical supplies. The next minute, I’m crying into the arms of my dear husband because I got annoyed that everyone was rushing me, shouting orders or sharing tips that I have already implemented.
Once I’ve shed my tears, I began to ponder about a time when I was battling Gestational Diabetes the first time and a friend of mine suggested that I speak declarations to getting rid of Diabetes. I’ve prayed and declared everyday until I gave birth to my daughter. God did answer my prayers at that time. But what happens when the same thing that you’ve prayed away returns and remains?
One thing about this health journey that you should know is that it’s also a faith journey. On this journey, you can get easily discouraged by so many things- high blood sugars, side effects of medicine, negative medical follow-ups. You may even question why you. Why now? It’s rough, but sometimes God will place us on an unwanted journey so we can become a blessing to someone else going through the same thing.
Keep this in mind whenever you feel overwhelmed and feel that you want to give up. The journey can be tiresome, but your health story can save another’s life.
Until Next Time,
The Genetic Diabetic