A Story of a Cloudy Day and the Silver Linings

Dark Cloud: My alarm doesn’t go off and I have to get ready for work at supersonic speed. 

Silver Lining: I got an extra 45 minutes of beautiful, glorious sleep.

Dark Cloud: I spilled coffee on my shirt in my haste and have to change.

Silver Lining: That shirt looks horrible on me anyway, what was I thinking?

Dark Cloud: Something in my car is making a funny noise.

Silver Lining: My car gave me a warning sound instead of just spontaneously dying on me, giving me time to get it fixed.

Dark Cloud: It’s raining.

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Silver Lining: I just bought a super sweet new umbrella!

Dark Cloud: I forgot it at home.

Silver Lining: At least I still have my old one.

Dark Cloud: It’s broken.

Silver Lining: My walk to my office is short and a little rain never hurt anyone. My hair was already a disaster and at least now I have an excuse.

Dark Cloud: I have so much work to do today and my inbox is completely overflowing.

Quote for Thought

“We can always choose to perceive things differently. We can focus on what’s wrong in our life, or we can focus on what’s right.”

Marianne Williamson

Gluten Free

I have never let diabetes run my life, but I have had a few bumps in the road during my 12 years of being diabetic. Diabetes can lead to many other complications due to lack of control of blood sugars but also just because of time. I have had to deal with a few different complications my more recent being diagnosed with food allergies to gluten, diary and eggs. Now, you might be asking yourself, ‘what’s left?’. Well, not much to be honest. Totally kidding! Many people do not really know what it means to be 100% gluten free. Well, I am here to tell you.

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Being allergic to gluten means that you cannot consume anything that contains the proteins that are found in wheat, barley, rye and other crossbreeds of these grains. And that can cause for some problems when it comes to finding options to eat, especially while I am away at school. Luckily, I love to cook and experiment with different types of foods and bake. I could bake all day long! So I have found some amazing recipes that provide me with ‘normal’ like food. Pinterest has become my best friend. (You can follow me to get some really great recipes!)

Looking on the Bright Side Tips and Tricks

So before I really get into this, let me tell you that I understand how difficult looking on the bright side can be. I was the girl a few years ago that complained that the silver lining can’t be all that great if a dark cloud is in the middle. When something good was happening, I was the first to point out that we really shouldn’t get all that excited about it, because all good things come to an end. Yep, a real cheery person. When my friends called me on it, I called myself a “realist,” because it made me feel practical and justified. But in reality I was more of a “pessimist.”

The kind of attitude I had wasn’t healthy. I expected the worst of people and didn’t trust anyone. I stayed in often because I assumed every situation and social event was going to go badly or I was going to mess up somehow. In some ways I thought it was a smart attitude, because expecting the worst made all the good that happened a pleasant surprise, and when something bad happened I could say “I told you so.” However, the pessimism caused me an unhealthy amount of stress and I soon realized it was alienating to the people around me. I vowed to cut out the unhealthy variables in my life and be a more cheery person.

Here are some tips, with some help from http://www.operationbeautiful.com, that helped me change my outlook on life, and I hope you can take them to heart to

 

My Diabetes

I have been type one diabetic (also known as juvenile diabetes) since the age of 8. Before my diagnosis, I was a healthy 8 year old girl just about to enter the 3rd grade. I played all sports known to man! You name it, and I wanted to play it. But on September 4th, 2002, my life was flipped turned upside down. It all happened, what seems like, overnight. I had all the tell tale signs of diabetes, massive weight loss, frequent urination and I was constantly thirsty. When I went into the doctor, I weighed 42 pounds (before this I weighed about 60lbs) and was using the bathroom 3 times every hour! When I arrived at the doctor the first thing that they did was check my blood sugar. The number? A whopping 513! This is 433 points over what the average blood sugar should be. I was immediately sent to the hospital where I was greeted by an endocrinologist and his entire team upon walking in the door.

Let’s jump to today; I have just celebrated my 12th “diaversary” (my diabetic anniversary), and my 11th pumpaversary (11 years being on an insulin pump). I am a very healthy and happy 20 year old college junior. I have not let diabetes slow me down in any way possible. I played 3 sports in high school (receiving high honors in all) and played volleyball my freshman and sophomore year of college, and now playing tennis at Olivet College (I play 2 singles and #1 Doubles with my sister as my partner). Many people let diabetes rule their lives and I vowed to myself, when I was first diagnosed, that I would not let that happen; I run my diabetes, it does NOT run me. Diabetes affects more than 8% of the U.S. population and that number is growing. It is also the seventh leading cause of death-but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. 

Next week I'll go over the difference between type one and type two diabetes.