I'm so strong that I can have a disease and still live a normal life. I'm ALL that! I was taking my own shots and pricking my own fingers at nine years old. Nothing hurts me! Nothing can bring me down. I am invincible. I bleed on purpose at least four times a day, and I don't flinch one bit.
I'm so smart that I often know more about diabetes than nurses and doctors!
I can school you on foods and nutrition!
What? You broke a bone? Let me tell you how it feels to have heart failure, neuropathy, eye surgery without a nerve block...
So you complain that you had to get a flu shot...I take six shots...EVERY DAY.
I'm so brave, I go everyday playing a roulette game with my blood sugar. Will it go too low? Will it go too high? Can I keep it normal? Will I wake up in the morning or will I be in a diabetic coma? Who knows!
I'm so badass I live off of vegetables! I'm so awesome I shun junk food and it doesn't phase me. I'm not one of you pansies who's addicted to carbs. "Oh, my, I would just die if I couldn't have my doughnut every morning.". "I just can't imagine never having mashed potatoes ever again." Ha! It's so easy for me!
I'm the greatest superhero! I fight death and destruction everyday! There is a war going on inside my body and it's up to me and only me to fight it. If I slack just one tiny bit, the evil bad guy, Diabetes, will get the upper hand and could kill or maim me in the blink of an eye.
I am tireless, I am enduring, I am steadfast. I have to be because diabetes is chronic, diabetes is forever, diabetes is destructive. And if I give up, it will be the end of me.
Don't ever think that I am sick. Don't ever think that I am weak. Don't ever tell me not to take some time to cry out the frustration and exhaustion from fighting this never ending battle. Don't ever think I am playing it up. For every struggle you do know about, there are a million more that I don't show.
I am strong! I am forever fighting. I am brave! I am diabetic.