Tuesday, 14 June 2011

YouCanDoThis Project

I'm reposting my vlog submission for the YouCanDoThis Project, created by Kim of Texting My Pancreas in honour of the project launch today!  The purpose of the project is to have type 1 diabetics around the world share a non-sugar coated telling of what type 1 diabetes is like for them to let other type 1 diabetics know that they are not alone, and that they can do this.  Thanks Kim, for this wonderful opportunity.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'." -Mary Anne Radmacher

I like this quote because I'd like to think that courage exists in everyone. In some it may show itself more vibrantly and in others it may be  subdued, but it is there and it keeps us strong in the face of adversity.  As type 1 diabetics, sometimes each day feels like a struggle.  A struggle to manage our health, a struggle to be cognisant of complications without letting the thought of them get us down, a struggle to keep it together when an irregular blood sugar makes us feel like falling apart.  But we each have that tiny voice inside of us reminding us that we're not defeated.  One day, one week or one month of poor blood sugar control does not mean that diabetes has won.  We have a lifetime to show diabetes that it has not defeated us, that we are the victors.  That when it brings us down, we only become stronger.  That by occasionally ruining a perfect moment, it gives us a greater appreciation for those moments.  That by threatening our health, it reminds us to be thankful for all the ways in which we still have good health.  

This is why I know that you can do this. It is why I know that I can do this.  Because we have the courage, and the willpower, to not only ovecome the adversities that diabetes throws at us, but to grow and learn from those adversities.  Don't stop listening to that inner voice telling you to try again tomorrow.

You Can Do This.

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