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May 15, 2017

Diabetes Blog Week, hosted by Karen, is back this week! I hope you’ll join me in reading and writing all about diabetes topics from people around the world! 

“Diabetes can sometimes seem to play by a rulebook that makes no sense, tossing out unexpected challenges at random. What are your best tips for being prepared when the unexpected happens? Or, take this topic another way and tell us about some good things diabetes has brought into your, or your loved one’s, life that you never could have expected? (Thank you, Heather, for inspiring this topic!)”

There have been a few stressful events that have happened this year, and as I’ve been coping and strategizing, someone said to me that my intuition on who to trust has been impeccable. How could I have predicted reactions and support so correctly? The answer is simple: diabetes. 

Let me explain, because the stressful events have not all been related to diabetes. I do not like to let diabetes take priority, but sometimes it does. When they happen, I’m kind of a “put my head down and deal with it” person. I definitely have tunnel vision during these moments and have a much harder time seeing the big picture. But there are people who have stayed, asked questions, stepped in and helped. They were just THERE. They were there in the exact way I needed them to be. It’s a great feeling. And later, when I do or don’t want to talk about it, they’ve understood that too. 

So when the big, stressful, life events happen, these are the people who I talked to, lean on and love. I have needed people to brainstorm with, to lean on, to hold me, to distract me. The people who have been 100% supportive in diabetes moments have been 100% in all the other stressful moments. There are other people around, who have spouted support, and appear to be the greatest kind of friend on the outside, but when I truly truly needed them, their “support” during the stress has been more damaging than helpful. 

Thank you diabetes, for shining the light on my greatest friends. 

To read other PWD’s thoughts about Diabetes & the Unexpected, go here

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2017 11:28 AM

    Aww, what a nice post…its good to hear you have a great support system!

  2. May 15, 2017 2:29 PM

    Intuition and great friends can go a long way to solving any problem. Thanks for being one of my great friends.

  3. May 15, 2017 7:03 PM

    One of these days… We’re going to be able to meet. I hope. I don’t ski but I’d be happy to sit at the bottom of a big hill and drink coffee and watch you. 🙂

  4. May 15, 2017 7:56 PM

    people who get you are the most important in everything that happens – glad to have found your blog and looking forward to the week


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