Sometimes it’s hard to believe I haven’t always known Susan Weiner. For the last two years, she has been such an illuminating presence in my life. Connected by Anna Norton of the DiabetesSisters, what started as a professional union transformed almost instantly into a beautiful friendship. Anyone who knows her understands what a positive, energetic force Susan is. Her passion for the work that she does is overwhelmingly evident and her influence on the trajectory of my own personal future has been quite strong.
My Body Is a Mystery
Naomi Shihab Nye
My body is a mystery
a magical geography of skin
It keeps me in
And I travel in it everywhere
sometimes it seems to beat me there
and then we meet again
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It’s been almost two years and my heart still aches for a person I never actually got to meet.
I met Ish online in a Facebook group for people struggling with diabulimia. Immediately, I was attracted to her quick wit, irreverent sense of humor, and beautiful blue eyes. This girl was the definition of a spitfire but in the absolute best way imaginable. I respected her honesty and treasured her ability to lighten the mood with a single quip or clever remark. I’ve never met anyone quite like her and I honestly doubt I ever will.
I remember creating my intention the day I was diagnosed. Sitting in a hospital bed, I made a promise to myself, deep within my heart and mind, that I was going to prevail over diabetes. Having already been forewarned by medical professionals of the inevitable doom, destruction, and death associated with lack of dedication to diabetes management, I knew in that moment that in order to survive, I could not falter from this plan of perfection.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I started this blog! Tomorrow, May 16th, will be What Sarah Said‘s first birthday. I am so thankful to the wonderful Karen Graffeo for creating and organizing this week long celebration of all things DOC and D-blog related. Welcome to the 8th annual Diabetes Blog Week!
Hi! My name is Sandy Brooks. I chose to become a type one diabetic and it changed my life for the better!! Let’s face it…Diabetes sucks!!! But, I choose to live my life feeling positive and counting my blessings despite living with this disease.
I want to thank Sarah for asking me to write a guest post for her blog, “What Sarah Said”. I hope I make you proud!!
For those of you who may be unaware, Valentine’s Day isn’t the only holiday happening this week. An occasion inspired by Leslie Knope, my favorite fictional female politician, Galentine’s Day is for the ladies. Typically celebrated on February 13th, this is a tradition dedicated to recognizing and honoring the women in our lives that we love and admire. So in light of this special day, and regardless of the fact that I’m a few days behind schedule, I thought I’d take the opportunity to reveal some of my diabetes girl crushes, because let’s face it, there are SO many incredible ladies living with T1D and they deserve to be held up and recognized for how wonderfully strong and inspirational they are.
I had a boyfriend before I ever had diabetes. We met at a 4th of July cookout the summer before our freshman year of high school. We didn’t live in the same town, so we never went to school together, but for the eight years following our first date, he was my very best friend.
I remember texting him from my pediatrician’s office the day I was diagnosed. My appointment was supposed to be a routine physical, but after the finger stick and urine analysis, it had taken an unexpected turn for the worse. Fidgeting on the crinkling paper of the examination table, I opened my flip phone to send him a message. I told him something was wrong and that they think it might be diabetes. In that moment, I was so scared, but having him to reach out to and lean on for emotional support, made me a little stronger. I wasn’t alone. I had a partner.
The only significance that today can hold is that in which I choose to give it. Eleven years ago today, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Blindsided at my pediatrician’s office during my fifteen-year-old physical, that particular day serves as a significant transition in my life. It is the day I went from being the Sarah I always thought I was, to someone entirely different.
On Tuesday morning, I read a post by the “Diabetes Dad”, Tom Karlya, reminding his readers that November is not a month for the diabetes community, but rather, it is a month for those unaware of the in’s and out’s that is living with this disease. He pointed out that this is a month for those that “know nothing”, and urged people to focus on making those without the knowledge more aware.