March 1, 2012

Handful of HOPE

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There’s an initiative on Facebook called Write Hope on Your Hands for Diabetes. Technically, it’s supposed to be hope for a cure, and while I do hope and believe there will be a cure someday, I have no delusions that I’ll ever see it. It’s better for me to accept that this is how it is, and I can live a fabulous life with diabetes even if I’m never cured. We all do what we need to do to make the best of it, and this is what works for me.

Regardless of whether or not you think you or the diabetic in your life will be cured, living with diabetes today, making the absolute best of it in the here and now, should be important to us all. In that spirit, I’m participating in the Write HOPE on Your Hand project by hoping for healing.

Healing is loving myself with diabetes because loving myself less because of busted beta cells or because I have X, Y or Z complication is not how I want to live my life. Being broken does not mean I am not whole.

Healing is loving my life with diabetes, even though it can be difficult, even though lows and highs screw things up, even though there’s financial hardship. None of those things are more powerful than the gift of joy and love that fills my life.

Healing is recognizing and appreciating the wonderful things that have come into my life because of diabetes. Because I’ve had diabetes for so long, because diabetes has had such a profound effect on who I became, that’s really everything in my life that is meaningful – my husband, my career, and all of my friends.

Healing is accepting that I likely won’t be cured, and knowing my life is no less great or meaningful without it.

HOPE for Healing

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12 Responses to “Handful of HOPE”

  1. Ginger says:

    I love this blog. I agree — for me it also feels better to put my energy into accepting that diabetes is part of my life. Some day, yes, hopefully it won’t be. But to sit and hope every day for a cure would feel draining to me. And besides, like you said, diabetes has brought so much good into my life, too! That being said, I sure do *hope* a cure comes some day.


  2. Great post! I agree 100%!!!

  3. Kelly Booth says:

    I agree with you also. As much as I would love to see a cure for the little kids that come after us, I doubt that it will ever happen in my lifetime. I would rather spend my energy enjoying life and making it the best life possible.

  4. Scott E says:

    I am hoping for a cure, and I do believe that I’ll see it one day. However, that doesn’t change how I live my life and take care of myself now. I’m prepared to live my whole life with diabetes. I’d love to see a savior drive up in that AAA tow-truck to jump-start my pancreas, but I’m not gonna sit around waiting for him (or her).

  5. Kristin says:

    Art gives a lot of hope, too (even hand art)!

  6. VBR says:

    Hope is a powerful thing. Although a cure may not be realized within our lifetime, the efforts of those living with diabetes as the patient, the parent or caregiver and medical professionals – all are making the possibility so much closer. Just look at the great effort now being made to educate to eradicate diabetes Type 2 in the general population. Hopefully, this effort will see a whole generation of our younger people living a healthier lifestyle and 10 – 20 years from now Type 2 diabetes will be the exception rather than the norm that it seems to be now. The Butter Compartment and other personal blogs are giving a face to diabetes 1 and 2 which is helping the process immeasurably. Finding your blog was a great pleasure. I enjoy visiting and look forward to joining the Postcard Exchange this November. Thanks for all you do to help diabetes advocacy and education.

  7. shannon says:

    love love love this. the sentiments, the hand art, and the background of the pic. :)

  8. Leighann of D-Mom Blog says:

    As I read your words about healing and acceptance, I heard Q’s voice (20 years from now).I think that’s what I admire about her when she says she’s not sure if she would want a cure, of course we would rather she not have diabetes, but in her mind she’s had so many opportunities because of it and she can’t picture her life without it.

    I appreciate your take on “hope” today.


  9. Kate says:

    Hope is a very powerful thing. Your attitude is inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Zona says:

    I was a Diabetes Educator for about 15 years and have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 myself. I so agree with everything you said.

    Hoping for a cure sooner rather than later.


  12. Jessica says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with this post! I do not have diabetes, but I do have a rare, incurable illness. Although there has been a lot of recent talk of a cure within my disease community – via stem cell/bone marrow transplant, perhaps – I am adamant that I cannot live my life waiting for something “good” to happen. I need to realize that the good life is already here! Thank you for your words of wisdom.

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