By Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE
Tis the season to be jolly and count our blessings. But what's so jolly good about having diabetes? The answer to that question resides in one's ability to see the silver lining in life. Do you see the proverbial glass half full or empty? Do you tend to accentuate the positive in everyday circumstances?
Knowing you have diabetes is a gift. We don't always get a second chance at health. With diabetes, you get the chance to be healthy - maybe not by choice, but out of necessity. I have had many people say to me after they received diabetes care and education that, "Getting diabetes was a blessing. I've never been healthier." That statement is somewhat of a dichotomy. Most people think that you cannot possibly have diabetes and be healthy.
Unfortunately, half of the people with diabetes don't know they have it. As Andy Mandell, Mr. Diabetes®, of Defeat Diabetes Foundation says, "The one thing worse than finding out you have diabetes is not finding out you have it." In the spirit of giving this season, give yourself the gift of health. If you need help with managing your diabetes, physicians and diabetes educators can help.
Step back and take a quick inventory of your blessings. What areas in your life bring you joy? What people make a difference in your life? Diabetes is a small part of who you are. Be sure to recognize all the things that are meaningful. This holiday, shift your focus from counting carbs to counting your blessings. I bet you have many to count.