I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS, Insulin Resistance and Diabetes for 5 years and for 5 years I’ve been in denial. I don’t know how much damage i’ve done to my body in these 5 years and I’m scared. Scared that my 38 year old body won’t make it to old age. Scared that I won’t be able to have children EVER. Scared that I have done irreparable damage to my organs, my nerves, my body.
I can finally say it now - I HAVE DIABETES. For so long I have been unwilling, unable and ashamed to say that to anyone aside from my husband and close family members. I am overweight - I currently weigh 224 on a 5’3 frame. I am Asian-American and my father and grandmother also have Diabetes. My grandfather died from Diabetes at 71. Watching my father and grandmother thrive and enjoying life even though they have Diabetes has given me hope. Hope that with the right attitude, the willingness to really work, the courage to accept this illness and face what lies ahead, I might actually have a chance to LIVE. Not just live but truly enjoy life without treating my Diabetes like a death sentence my whole life.
I think that saying this “out loud” to all of you who are willing to read this is my first step to recognizing what I have and what I need to do. After reading through many of the posts here I was touched, encouraged and in awe of what many of you have done to heal yourselves and not just cope but LIVE with Diabetes. I cannot say that I am at a point of celebrating what I am… but I definitely am now walking into this with my eyes and ears open and my mind set to do what I need to do for the rest of my life.
Today is my day one. I will start to LIVE with no fear, no regret, no shame… I will LIVE life as a Diabetic… but I WILL LIVE.
Thanks for the little soap box. Thanks for all your posts that have inspired me to look forward and not back. And a special thank you to those people who took the time to send me welcoming messages… it felt good and I thank you. I look forward to chatting and posting here. Who knows… maybe I’ll even blog.