With Diabetes, Healing Takes Time

I have been living with diabetes since 2007, and over the years, I have gained a lot of knowledge about this disease. Initially, I had to come to terms with the fact that I had diabetes and then overcome the depression that came with it. Coping with depression took time, but I realized that in order to continue living, I needed to take each day one step at a time. This was more challenging than it sounds, but I learned that starting is necessary to reach the finish line. Taking one day at a time involves dedicating time for yourself, which is crucial for your mental and physical well-being. Personally, my favorite activity during me time is getting a massage because it helps me relax, relieve stress, and feel amazing afterwards. It's a time when I'm not attached to my phone or computer and can solely focus on myself.

Before being diagnosed with diabetes, I despised working out and still don't love it, but I feel much better when I do. Exercise helps me manage my blood sugar levels and reduces my stress, all while maintaining my overall health. Taking care of my body is an essential part of the healing and recovery process. Moreover, when diabetes is properly managed, the body is more efficient at healing. On the other hand, if diabetes is not controlled, healing may occur at a slower pace and lead to other health complications. Thus, I have learned that diabetes management is vital for a longer life as a diabetic. This includes drinking water daily, engaging in 30 minutes of exercise, taking prescribed medication, and maintaining a balanced diet. Remember, you are not alone in this journey, as there are over 35 million people fighting alongside us to live and improve each day.

It's important to acknowledge that there will be good and bad days with diabetes, and that's okay. Tomorrow is a fresh opportunity to do better, feel better, and keep trying. Embracing this reality helps us manage our diabetes with pride. In conclusion, I encourage you to find ways to reduce stress in your life because stress alone is a silent killer that we don't need alongside diabetes. Seek activities like getting a massage, taking a walk, trying yoga, meditating, or even dancing that will aid in your healing process and allow you to live another day. Remember to learn, share, and connect with others on iMedix's Type 2 Diabetes Facebook Support Group.