After all, diabetes did change my relationship with food. It has caused me to make huge changes in how I approach my day, every day. It has placed me in a position to consider things I would never have considered in the past. The complications that it bestowed on me have changed how I interact with everything in my world and the world at large. For a time, it caused the extrovert that I am to become a hermit. And, for a time, it stole my confidence. But, not my determination.
So no, it did not change who I really am. It has, however, taken some time to realize this. All the things that did become different, as mentioned above, took some time to adjust to. I really did feel like this disease had changed me. That I was no longer the person I used to be.
But as I have begun to write about these experiences and changes I’ve come to realize something. And that is the fact that I am indeed still me. It has been quite a challenge to get to the point where I could see this. All of these adjustments I’ve had to make have not changed the essence of who I am. They have just changed the reality of how I “do” many things.
Life Change is Unavoidable
This sort of thing happens to us naturally from the day we are born. As a baby and small child we go through multiple changes that affect the way we interact with our world and those around us. Each stage of life carries with it the need for similar adjustments. Throughout our entire lives we are continually adapting to new realities and knowledge. It is just a natural part of growing as a human being.
These changes add to the fabric of our lives and, hopefully, with this growth our lives are enriched. But we are still the same person with the same integrity, soul and personality. Really, diabetes is just another one of these life changes. It may be unwelcome, but it is not really all that different. If you think back to puberty it may not even be all that much more challenging for some of us.
It really did feel strangely uplifting when I realized that I was beginning to feel like myself again. I had not realized how far away I had gotten from who I really am. It was one of those instances when it felt that a weight had been lifted. Now, I am beginning to rebuild my old self with my new realities in place. I don’t have to fight anymore. I just have to be me.
Has diabetes changed who you really are?
Randy Wilson, founder of Great Big Gains, is a type I diabetic who is motivated by and focused on helping other people with all types of diabetes to find their best path forward using small group and individual coaching along with writing about his own experiences with diabetes and its complications. All in an effort to help them live their life on their own terms. Find out more about this at www.GreatBG.com or contact him at info@GreatBG.com .
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