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Old 05-30-2018, 01:27   #1
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Diabetes doesn't define me any more than the fact that I am left-handed. It's just part of who I am. Initially, I allowed it to consume me. It seemed like everything throughout my day came back to the fact that I have diabetes. It was always in the back of my mind. Then one day I realized that controlling my diabetes had become a habit and it was no longer something I thought about often unless I was helping someone else learn that same level of control.

Let's go back to the fact that I am left-handed. I am not just a little left-handed. As an example, when I open the refrigerator, I open it with my left hand. I then put my knee forward to hold the door open while I reach in with my left hand to get what I need. The only thing I really do with my right hand is type in forums and use it to poke for blood samples. (It's awkward/difficult for me to poke my left hand.) My point is, I don't think about what I am doing when I do it (like holding the door with my knee) because it is automatic. It just is.

Okay, let's take it a step further. I have been ADHD my entire life. It didn't disappear in adulthood. It could get overwhelming, except I learned how to control it, so it really doesn't have a big impact on me. I know my strengths and my weaknesses. I know I can work at my computer for hours without distraction, but walking through a loud noisy mall is challenging for me. Over the years, this control has become automatic. It isn't something I really think about. Diabetes is the same for me. It just is.

I am defined by who I am as a person.

If you asked people to describe me, they would likely tell you that I enjoy taking pictures.

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They might also mention that I absolutely love camping.

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They would tell you that I am happiest when I am in nature.

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Oh, and coffee. They would tell you that coffee is my lifeblood, no matter where I am.

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They might tell you that nutrition is a big deal to me, but I doubt they would even mention that I am diabetic.

You know why?

Because diabetes doesn't define me.

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I think that most of the people I work with know I'm diabetic and that I eat differently than most anyone else. They might define me for my eating but not why I do it. I don't make a big deal about it even when continually being offered something to eat from other diabetics, something that is definitely not on my menu. The guys I work with every day usually say "He won't eat that" and that is the end of that.

Left handed connection??? I am left handed too, but I minor in left handed and major in right handed. I don't think that would come to their mind either, but I do remind them that being left handed means I am in my right mind even if, if not in spite of, I'm the boss.

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I am passionate about helping people with diabetes and KETO, so people definitely know I am diabetic. It just doesn't define me. I may not be doing a very good job explaining my thoughts on this...

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I really have no idea if it defines me or not - one thing I've discovered - most people don't believe me when I tell them I've lived with diabetes for almost my whole life.

I guess they have a particular image of someone with diabetes - a weak, obese, sickly, amputated limbs kind of person .... because for most non diabetics - the only information they usually hear or remember are all the bad stories.

There's been times where someone just doesn't believe I have diabetes no matter what I do to convince them otherwise - but that's okay - at least I don't fit anyone's stereotype.

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Cool thread Cricket. I'm almost ambidextrous. The reason I say "almost" is because I cannot write legibly with my left hand. I write right-handed, but I do a lot of things left-handed. I bat left-handed, and I play miniature golf with my left hand. Any painting I do in my house, I can do with both hands equally well, whether using a paint brush or paint roller. Before laptops, I used a left-handed mouse. Right-handers hated using my computer...LOL! I also use my left hand to open my fridge When I go to the movies, I use the left-hand cup holder. I just realized that I use my left hand when I eat finger foods. Hmmm...am I really right-handed?

I learned how to stick my finger using my left hand. I finally switched after all my fingers on my right hand were hurting!

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I am passionate about helping people with diabetes and KETO, so people definitely know I am diabetic. It just doesn't define me. I may not be doing a very good job explaining my thoughts on this...
No, you did a great job explaining.

Since I spend so much of my time at work, I was relating to how I feel those that I work with might see me as a diabetic. I live on the outskirts of a very small community and we don't do a lot of socializing. Most of the people I know are work acquaintances and only one on my shift lives within 20 miles of me.

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I apologize. Sometimes I use the word diabetic instead of diabetes. I mean no harm with it, I'm not a precise person with my words. As people get to know me, they realize this and I am able to not offend them once they realize that I don't add hidden meaning to my words.
I'm the kind of person that says 'don't go away mad' without implying 'but please go away'. I really do just mean 'don't go away mad'. if that makes any sense LOL

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