Wednesday Wisdom – Annette Funicello

When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to you that in a single second, your whole life could change – Annette Funicello

So true. And change isn’t always for the worse, but it’s not always for the better. When I was first diagnosed with Diabetes, everyone assumed it was Type 1 – the “skinny” Diabetes. Even my endocrinologist was convinced that my “honeymoon” period was gonna end with me being Type 1, not Type 2. 5 years later, I am still Type 2!

But back to the point… it never occurred to me that I would be dealing with Diabetes, at all. I think this is why I have become very proactive in telling people to stay on top of their health. What seems unfathomable, can actually come to fruition. And if you are on top of things, you are better equipped to handle it.

Cherish your health while you have it. Do what you can to keep it! Be active, eat cleaner, nurture your body, take time to rest… do what you can to stay healthy!

Wednesday Wisdom – Charlie Kimball

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?

Wednesday Wisdom – Life is Measured…

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

I love this one. It is especially meaningful after a once-in-a-lifetime (for me anyways – I have NO plans to ever do something this crazy and stressful again!) wedding weekend. I have always maintained a positive attitude, and I believe laughter is the best medicine. And I firmly believe in this quote – life is totally measured by the number of moments that take our breath away – like seeing your husband waiting at the altar for you, or being announced for the first time ever as Mr. and Mrs., or dancing with your father at your wedding – a moment every single little girl dreams of and waits for. Moments like those are the best, and thats how life should be measured.

Don’t worry about the frustrating moments, the stressful moments, none of them matter… they are the exception to life, not the rule. Focus on the moments that take your breath away.

Wednesday Wisdom – Benjamin Carson

The mind controls so much of the body. We are much more than flesh and blood; we are complex systems. Patients do better when they have faith that they’re going to do better. That’s why I always tell my patients and their families not to neglect their prayers. There’s nobody I don’t say that to.
– Benjamin Carson
I am admittedly not a prayer. I am more the type to send out strength, healing vibes, positivity, encouragement, love, etc. But I do believe that the mind is definitely in control, and if you come from a place of positivity, you will be much better off. Keep the faith, and believe in it.