This is going to be a short post due to being exhausted after an amazing weekend away with 50 people with Type1 Diabetes learning about sport and exercise.
Not sure that staying up until 4am at the bar helped.
So there you have the first one!
I can drink all night, have 3 hours sleep and still wake up with a BG of this (and you can’t beat a good 6.9 before breakfast can you?…..)
Whenever I hear my kids say “I can’t do that”, my Dad’s voice in my head says “There’s No such word as Can’t!”
Of course there is. It’s in the dictionary!, But as I now know (and did then but would never give him the satisfaction of admitting it) he was just telling me that I can. I can do anything I want. Maybe not easily. Maybe not first time, but I can do it.
This has stuck with me through my life. I don’t believe I can fail. I may not get the level of success I planned, but I will never fail. I may not do it first time, but I will never give up. I may not achieve things immediately, but I will keep going, chip away bit by bit until I get there.
Those words in my head were loudest on 26th August 1994, when at the age of 25 I was diagnosed with Type1. I never doubted that I couldn’t do this. Never doubted that I’d not tackle it head on. I definitely didn’t realise what it involved and how hard it would be, but I knew I would never give up!
- Manage my Blood Glucose every day (sometimes it goes to plan, often it doesn’t, but I can do it).
- Live the life I want to lead, the way I want to.
- Achieve my goals however small they are.
- Take the lead with my health care team, because it’s MY Diabetes.
- Getting back up when it knocks me down.
- Eat pies, drink beer and still have an A1c of 6.8%
- Laugh at my Diabetes
- Put my Diabetes in its place (after all, I can survive without it but it can’t survive without me!)
- Change the world! (well, mine at least)
Ok, off to kick my Diabetes arse for the day.
Nice one Dad!