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Hardly a day goes by that I am not asked a question related to diabetes. I'm a "heart on my sleeve" diabetic. Because one of my jobs, writing articles and guest blog posts, centers on the subject of diabetes, I'm known, in part, by my disease.
In the past week alone I have encountered three people seeking blood sugar-related advice and support. A man with type 2 diabetes, whom I often see at the gym, asked me why his blood sugars are consistently high in the mornings. I just got an email yesterday from a friend asking me for support for her cousin, an eighteen-year-old who was just diagnosed with type 1. I've been texting back and forth with a childhood friend who is expecting her fourth child and is dealing with chronic low blood sugars.
I'm not a medical professional, and I think that is the very reason that I'm approached so often. I don't wear a white coat or require an appointment. I am person living with the daily trials of this disease, and I'm doing okay. People want what I have, diabetes education and confidence, because blood sugar issues are intimidating.
If you, like me, are often approached by individuals with questions and concerns about diabetes, take a deep breath. Yes, it can get overwhelming and sometimes even annoying. Who am I, you might ask, to help someone else when I'm busy coping with my own diabetes questions and concerns?
I believe in God and that He puts people in particular places at particular times to help others. My diabetes has organically become a ministry of sorts. Even when I don't feel like helping out someone else, I have to stop and reflect on the fact that I was once where they are--scared, uncertain, and confused. When I was at that point in my life, other people helped me. It's time, I have resolved, to give back.
Having a game plan helps in that process. Here are six ideas to get you prepared for that next diabetes-related encounter:
Diabetes is not only a disease: It's also a responsibility. Maybe you didn't sign up to be a diabetes go-to person, but now that you have the job by default, why not embrace it?
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