NHBPM- Day 22

“Write about what you’re thankful for”

Pretty sure this prompt fell on Thanksgiving… and it’s now less than a week from Christmas. I’m terrible!

Anyway, I’ll keep it simple and do a list.

I’m thankful for:

– My family. Shout-out to my parents! I’ve laughed with and at them. I’ve cried and fought with them. I’ve shared my highest moments and lowest depressions. They mean the world to me and I couldn’t have asked for a better pair even if I had wanted to…which I don’t.

-My brother. Mashed potato Nater. Sometimes it’s hard to have in-depth conversations with a brother who is six years younger than you. We still don’t necessarily sit and have hours upon hours of conversation, but with him, we don’t need to. A few words is all it usually takes for us to know what the other means.

-My friends. Duh, of course! There are a few specific people who I’m especially thankful for. They showed me what true friendship means and that distance doesn’t mean a damn thing.

-Wine. God, I don’t know what I would do without it. I don’t really drink during the week anymore, so I’m all the more thankful when Friday night rolls around.

-My body. Despite a defective pancreas, my body works. I can walk, I’m strong and lately I’ve really been pushing myself to get in the best shape possible. I’m lucky I have the ability to do that, and I think about those everyday who would love to run but can’t.

-Insulin. Nope, it’s not a cure to the big D, but it sure as hell beats the starvation method being used prior to insulin discovery, which if you’ll recall wasn’t that long ago. Less than 100 years. Ponder that.

-Life! It’s truly beautiful when you open your eyes and look around.


NHBPM- Day Five

Today’s post for NHBPM is either: “Health Activist Soapbox” OR “#Listof3 Things that you’re thankful for/excited about/ inspired by”

I spend a lot of my time on this blog and in real life being a health activist and probably get up on my soapbox, usually unintentionally, about once a week if not more. In keeping with the spirit of my upcoming favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, I’m going to write about the latter topic today.

I have a pretty long list of things I’m thankful for/ excited about/ inspired by, so I’ll just pick one for each.

I am thankful for a lot of things in my life. My friends, my family, the opportunities presented to me, the city I live in, the ability to travel. I’ve probably written about all of those things at one point or another even, but for today I’m going to write about how thankful I am for my life. I am thankful that I am alive. I am thankful that I can enjoy life. There was a time last year, right before my correct diagnosis that I was really fearful for my life. It was around the time I was dropping weight, going blind and falling asleep throughout the day. I was scared that I was actually going to die and I very well could have. It’s going through that experience that has made me so thankful for the life I live and the fact that while I do have diabetes, I can manage it because I have the resources to do so. I’m thankful that having diabetes has made me live a healthier lifestyle filled with real food rather than processed junk (a decision I made with my diagnosis) and daily exercise. Diabetes, oddly enough, has made me actually live.

Continuing with this list, I’m currently excited about the upcoming holiday season. Fall is always my favorite time of year because of the changing leaves, cooler weather, leggings, scarves and brisk walks. It’s also my favorite time of year because it seamlessly transitions into Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday. I love spending time with my family and eating delicious food until I’m so full I need a nap to forget about my hurting tummy. I love the homey, comfortable feelings I associate with Thanksgiving. There’s something about Fall and the month of November that make me feel alive and happy to be alive.

Last on the list, I’m inspired by those people who support me and support Diabetes Awareness Month. My co-workers, who all wore blue for me this past Friday, and my family that did the same. It’s inspiring to know that people are so supportive and that they are interested in learning more about diabetes. I’m always inspired when people come together for a common cause, but it’s even more amazing when that common cause is a chronic disease I live with every day.

My co-workers and I in our blue: