People with diabetes often live with
a good deal of guilt. You may think you actually caused your diabetes by eating
too many sweets. (That's not how one gets diabetes). Type 2 diabetes tends to
be genetic, and type 1 is an autoimmune disorder.
You may feel guilty if you do not
expertly manage the many tasks diabetes requires. But even experts say this can
be difficult. Since guilt is not productive, appreciate that diabetes is not an
exact science; no matter how hard you work at controlling it, at times it will
foil you. Keep your spirits up and experiment with different practices.
Guilt steals your energy; it robs you
of feeling happy and contented, being truly present for your loved ones, and
above all it interferes with your taking care of your diabetes. Let the guilt
go. Know that you will have good days and bad, including days you'll overeat,
are too tired to exercise, will shout at your spouse, and receive blood sugar
numbers you don't like. Just make sure those days don't turn into weeks and
Diabetes is not who you are; it is
something you are learning to live with. It does not make you damaged, or
broken, or unlovable, or any less a person. It's not easy being on patrol 24/7,
365 days a year.
Love yourself more fully because you
are doing your best, whatever that happens to be right now. Forgive yourself
when things go awry. And accept yourself as the uniquely amazing person you are
with all your gifts, and yes faults, too.
Living with diabetes takes extra energy, awareness and commitment
to your health. So open your heart and let yourself in all the way. When you
do, you'll discover you have an infinite supply of love and resourcefulness to
support you every day, even living with diabetes.