Yesterday was my 2nd Diaversary.
Two years as a Type 2 Diabetic.
A Diavesary is a celebration that no one wants, but yet, we still celebrate because we’re still here. We’re still living, even though there are some very dark days, we’ve made it through another year.
This past year has been a whirlwind. So much change and unfortunately, heartache and sadness. As a result of the pandemic, I’ve felt more isolated battling the day to day of handling diabetes. Even though I haven’t fallen back on my exercise and way of eating, I’ve desperately wanted to take a break from being a diabetic. The reality is that diabetes does not take a break. There are no vacations. It’s like being a parent. You have to care for your child every day. Even as an adult, you’re still their parent. That’s exactly how it is with diabetes- you have to continue making healthy food choices, intentionally exercise, take your meds when directed. There is no time off from diabetes.
Late last year in the midst of taking care of myself and adjusting to the new normal, I’ve unexpectedly lost one of my biggest diabetic cheerleaders- my sister. Losing her hurt me in so many ways. We were both diagnosed with diabetes within a week apart, the same month, the same year. Even though I was devastated over my diagnosis, I’ve also felt like I wasn’t alone. It was like we had a special connection because we were going through this. We were both trying to get well together. We checked on each other regularly and share our highs and lows with our progress. Not only that, but we both made great strides toward our goals. Losing her left such an emptiness in me because even though I still have awesome support system with my immediate family members, it hurts my heart that we’re no longer fighting together or winning together. You add those situations along with taking care of a household and overseeing virtual learning with three elementary school kids. Plus, several loved ones being admitted to the hospital, and you have a recipe for major stress overload. There are many days that were just a blur. There were numerous times when I’ve completely forgotten appointments and deadlines. There are days when I’m just existing. Basically living in survival mode. Life has just been overwhelming.
In the midst of this difficult season, I’ve started implementing some routines that have kept me sane, and maybe it can benefit you or your loved one too:
1. Take a break.
No matter how busy your day is or how many items are on your to-do list- take a break. Whether it is for 10 minutes or an hour, take time to breathe and rest. Unwind. Once you’re rested, get back to work!
2. Ask for help.
If it has not been for my husband and my mom, this household would be a disaster! A good friend of mine always says that you cannot pour from an empty cup! There are times when all you can do is take care of yourself and if you’re a spouse and/or a parent, take care of their basic needs. Learn how to delegate the difficult tasks to your older children, a spouse, a family member or a friend. If you’re living alone, hire someone or make a barter with someone to help run errands or assist with housecleaning. Whatever it takes for you to stay sane, do it!
3. Count your blessings.
There are days when it was very difficult for me to get out of my bed and starting my day. Other times throughout the day, I would experience moments of sadness. These are the times when I pray and connect with God. When I do, I’m reminded of God’s goodness and His purpose for me. I realize that even though life is not what I would imagine it, there is always something to be thankful for.
Last, but not least:
4. Don’t give up!
Don’t stop exercising intentionally. Keep eating healthy and taking your prescribed meds. Do your best to stay consistent with your health. If you start to experience wacky blood sugar numbers or diabetic symptoms, call your physician ASAP. I hope that these tips encourage and motivate you to stay on your journey regardless of the situation that you might be going through. Stay focused and strong in Him
Until next time,
The Genetic Diabetic