I am not Diabetic

I am not Diabetic
I refuse to let this disease define my life
I am Matthew
I am a Husband, a son, a brother a friend,
A soon to be father

Yes at certain discrete times diabetes invades my life
Checking my glucose,
changing infusion sets,
calibrating a sensor
Or treating a high or low.

My profession asks that I be
A Pastor,
A Priest,
A Chaplin,
As well as a CEO

I am a Jeep nut,
Greasy wrench,
Musician,
Tinkerer
Daydreamer

I have diabetes diabetes does not have me,
I am more than the sum of my illness
and I am a Child of God
Loved by God
Because I am me.

Mathew, this is brilliant in my eyes. It is a mind set. How we set our mind on anything from food to life, to children, to school, to yes even diabetes tells us how we are going to deal with it. At first I ignored it for two years, didn’t deal with it, now I have become an advocate for newly diagnosed diabetics, helping them through the medical hoops, learning all that I can about diabetes, and adjusting my thinking about my personal journey with it on a daily basis. If you allow your diabetes to run your life, you are NOT in control, If you take control and monitor your own situation, YOU are in control. Thanks for sharing these thoughts with us…they ring so true in my life, also.

One of the best things I gained from my Narrative therapy class (in seminary) were labeling theory’s. There are few diseases left that we use the disease name as a pronoun. Being Diabetic (pronoun) implies that you are the disease. I have diabetes it does have me or define my whole self.