I have read, over the years, of people saying the following; “I look at diabetes coming into our household as a blessing”. Over the years I have also read of the reasons people stated that diabetes was a ‘blessing’: “I have met such wonderful people”. “We would have been divorced.” “It made us all become healthier.” “We became closer as a family.” “I would be lost without those we met after diagnosis.”
You get the picture.
Now, clearly, those who know me know that I always look for the silver lining in life and I am the first one to say, “find the positive”. But the idea that diabetes is ‘a blessing’ from the almighty one………………….not so easy for me to do.
Strength? Sure. Resolve? Sure. The ability to take something thrown at us and turn it into something we face with a positive attitude? Absolutely.
But the idea of calling my child, and now my children, with diabetes a blessing? Uhm…..ahh……that would have to fall into the “I don’t think so category.
Now before I get beat up on every aspect from people who have a strong faith, in who or whatever you have a strong faith, I say ‘God Bless You”. I am a faithful person in the light that I would think one needs to be faithful. And if you believe deep in your heart and during your quiet times you are thankful for diabetes being in your life, I not only applaud you, I envy you.
I want to be clear, I am not speaking in sarcasm or being flip; I truly admire those that have been able to grasp the belief that diabetes is a blessing in their life. I HAVE GRASPED the strength given to us to carry on and find the positive; THAT is a given.
But to think that what my kids go through day-to-day is anything of a blessing, blasphemous as it may sound, is no blessing in my eyes. But that’s me.
Feel free to add why YOU THINK, or better still……HOW you think that diabetes is a blessing. Please share with us your feelings and I will close the debate on this from the get go. Each person who may feel differently is surely entitled to their opinion and I am not here to open a debate; I’m here to learn the ‘whys and hows’ in the way people think and feel.
So please share your thoughts.
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