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So, today is the kick off of the 6th annual DBlog Week and today’s topic is “I CAN…”

When I think of the I CAN theme, I think about my ability to integrate diabetes management into my life rather than have diabetes management take over my life. It’s been 4 years since I was diagnosed and for the first year or so, I was CONSUMED with managing hourly glucose checks, hourly readings, hourly injections, then twice daily injections, meal prep, carb counting, doctor visits, and it was simply put…just too much to deal with. I quickly understood why some people just give up altogether or burn out frequently. Day after day, however, I woke to try again.

Even though managing diabetes clouded my mind, confiscated my thoughts, and caused me to have days filled of worry; I honestly didn’t see how I would have a life after diagnosis.

In time, however, I realized that

I CAN manage diabetes and still have a life.

I CAN manage diabetes and not be overwhelmed by it.

I CAN and I’m so thankful that I am able to integrate managing diabetes into my life without it taking over my life.

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