The typical response from people when I tell them I am a Diabetic is ‘Oh, I’m sorry to hear that’. You know, I’m not. I’m a better athlete because of Diabetes rather than despite it. I’m more aware of my training, my fitness, and more aware of nutrition. I’m more proactive about my health. – Charlie Kimball
THIS! I love this. This is so 100% spot on. As I have said MANY times, while I would not CHOOSE to become a Diabetic, it happened, so I always try to put a positive spin on things. It taught me to care more for my body now, proactively, rather than waiting until I am “older” – a time when its a little more complicated to “fix” things. Because I am more knowledgeable about nutrition, now, at the age of 33, I can better shop, prepare, and eat nutritious meals (with the occasional splurge, of course…) and when the time comes for my husband and I to have children, we will be better equipped to help them develop healthy eating habits.
Diabetes has taught me to be proactive with my body and my training… such as recently, when I went to a specialist to find out what was going on with my left heel. The me from 10 years ago would have outright refused, claiming it would heal itself. The me now is accepting of the fact that the earlier you catch and treat injuries, the better. Being a Diabetic has taught me to be more prepared, more proactive, more outspoken… its just overall changed the way I view myself and my life, and for the better.
Again, no, I wouldn’t choose to become a Diabetic because its such a powerful condition that can still wreak havoc on even the most disciplined person, and create complications in the future that can be, quite frankly, absolutely terrifying. But I don’t need people to be sorry for me. I don’t need them to pity me. This is the hand that I was dealt, and so I am playing it.
Do you agree with this perspective?