Monday, 11 May 2015
D-Blog Week Day 1: I Can
I am excited to participate in this year's Blog Week. I have had every good intention of blogging more and then.... well, I don't. So here we go!
Today’s topic is I Can. In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can...” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could? Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?
I love this topic as it is so positive. As a person with Type 1 diabetes I have found that often the positives get shoved aside to focus on the negatives. Don't get me wrong, there are a hell of a lot of negatives, but surprisingly a lot of positives as well. I have accomplished and learnt so much in the last three and a half years and could write forever. However today I choose to focus on what I am in the middle of accomplishing now.
I still think back to when I was diagnosed and my first Endo told me that I would have to give up my passion for long distance running and triathlon. I was devastated. Even talking about it now is hard. I then suffered terribly with Insulin Neuritis which made even walking difficult. I truly hit rock bottom. As things in my nerves improved and I found a new medical team I started the slow road to running again. I began to see a light and kept running towards it.
Fast forward to today, May 2015. I am seven weeks out from my first Half Ironman! I hired a coach who has put together a training program for me. Each week she uploads my workouts and away I go. The training has been aggressive (for me) and has certainly pushed me out of my usual comfort zone. I was nervous going into this not knowing how I could handle dear diabetes, but so far so good. There is always that extra challenge, sometimes things go a bit sideways, however I can always pick-up where I left off. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be training for this race I would never have believed you. I think that the fact I have Type 1 is what is driving me to do this. I want to prove to myself that I can do this. You know what? I CAN!