I was with someone recently who stated that their lives were spent with endless trips to the hospital and missing school and endless trips to the doctor’s office. Their lives were a mess. A single mom, hard to find work, she blamed everyone. “I was NEVER happy, never.”
But it all changed.
I asked what transpired that caused the change and she answered, “me.”
She went on to explain that she was always so negative and ‘letting diabetes win’. “Every time something happened I took it as just another defeat. Another way that ‘diabetes was trying to kill me’. My entire life was in defeat. It was almost easier to live like that all the time.
She stated that she always wondered why some kids do so well and others are always sick and in the hospital and why “…….I am always so miserable? I decided to make a change”.
I stated that sometimes diabetes is like that and it can get tough. She stated that it became unacceptable. “We had no life”. “Diabetes, diabetes, diabetes….my life was an endless woe. I got tired of it.”
If diabetes was going to throw something at us, we would try harder, and harder, and harder. The attitude of ‘…whatever happens will happen…’ was totally unacceptable. We decided to take control. We still had times that things went haywire but the days missed in school became less, a lot less; the trips to the hospital became almost non-existent; and life became bearable. “I took control.”
I could not resist to ask; “Wait a minute, your lives completely changed just by a change in attitude? You just said, ‘This can be changed’, just like that?”
“Absolutely. I lifted my head up and after watching me, my child started working right along side of me. Things got better, and quickly. We still hit road bumps, we all have road bumps…but our lives were so much better.”
How is your attitude?
I am a diabetes dad