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. . . but doing it anyway.

. Katherine Marple

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I Am Thankful

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Katherine Marple | Dec 16, 2014

Originally Published on www.DiabetesHealth.com

 

Despite the problems and concerns I publicly write about regarding my diabetes life, I try to be a very positive minded person. Diabetes is complicated and frustrating, sometimes downright depressing. But having this disease has also taught me so many things that affect my perception of life and how it’s meant to be lived.

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I am thankful for the stresses of diabetes. It has taught me how to bounce back and to fight. Diabetes has shown me how much I’m willing to push back in order to achieve what I desire. I desire a long and full life and having the burden of a 24/7 disease has made me determined to make the most of what I have.

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I am thankful for the perseverance and precision diabetes requires. I pay attention to the details of nearly everything around me and tasks get completed when they’re assigned to me. Having diabetes has taught me to see things through and to keep trying until I am satisfied with what I’ve produced.

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I am thankful for the abnormalities diabetes has presented in my health. It has shown me that not all doctors or people in positions of authority are right, and I need to question things that are presented to me. I’ve learned to research and to trust my instincts when it comes to matters of health for myself and my family.

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I am thankful for the death threats diabetes has sent to me. Waking from an insulin shock coma, with my husband’s arms around me, has taught me to live every day with as much spirit as I can muster. Because I am intricately aware of how quickly things can turn bad, having diabetes has also taught me which relationships to hold onto. There is no pre-determined End to life, and I must live it in the best, most authentic way possible.

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I am thankful for the harshness of diabetes. Being vulnerable throughout my diabetes care has taught me to be empathetic toward others who are also dealing with tough realities in life.

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I am thankful for the consequences diabetes has given me for mistakes I’ve made. Holding myself accountable and being able to learn has taught me to be a better mother and wife, a better person.

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Diabetes, though our relationship is very complicated and I look forward to the day I can move on from having you in my life, I am grateful for the lessons you have taught me these 16 years together. Whenever possible, I’d like a divorce from you.

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Katherine Marple was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 14 in 1998. She is the mother of two small children, has battled insulin resistance, Pre Eclampsia, and pump failures, leading to insulin therapy via MDI using Levemir, Apidra & Symlin, Metformin & CGM. She is the author of two diabetes related novels: "Wretched (this is my sorry)" and "Deathly Sweet."

She can be found at: www.KatherineMarple.com and www.facebook.com/KatherineMarple

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