Over the past month, I have Tweeted a ton, blogged a bit, figured out how to get my Instagram working across platforms (to Twitter and Facebook), and started sharing my blogs to Medium. But what does this really mean? Am I trying to become a “social media star?” Or make myself look good? Or just hopping from one social concern to the next?
Let me be clear and say a resounding No to all of those questions.
For me and I have tried to share openly with many…online and face-to-face…that diabetes is a part of my every day life. Not just in November during Diabetes Awareness Month.
Being only 48, in the last several years, I have been dealing with everyday…
Retinopathy – yes, I have a bleeding issue in the back of the eyes that can only be managed through lower blood sugar and periodic shots (yes, directly into the eyes). So, I am at risk for blindness.
Neuropathy – You see the commercials promoting Lyrica daily for diabetic nerve pain. It sucks! If I do not take my medication (which is something else), I will not sleep well, or be able to walk around well. It also is in my hands to a lesser extent. If I am not careful, and do not take care of any injuries or cuts. So, I am at risk for amputation.
Coronary Artery Disease – See, for some reason, my body does not process and may even produce to much cholesterol. I found out about this when I went in for an aortic valve replacement (my mechanical valve makes a cool click) and came out with a triple bypass as well. So, now I am low to no fat, cholesterol, meats and more. So, I am at a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke.
Diabetes...it is more than too much sugar. It is either improperly working or dead pancreas. Trust me…the source to all things bad. In short, due to this and every other issue I have mentioned, let me just say it one more time: So, I am at a higher risk for an early death.
The key point is that diabetes can mess with a “normal” life, but you have a choice…curl up and die, or fight. I choose to fight.
The fight against diabetes is two-fold. First and most of all, it is your own health. Take on the responsibility to exercise, change your diet, speak with your doctor to help you with a plan and prescribing the necessary medications, and then make it happen. Second, to to online resources including the American Diabetes Association, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes a.k.a. Type 1) and the large number of magazines or healthcare sites.
Time for me to get moving and to start my December in less than twelve hours…one of the most challenging months of the year for diabetics.
If you would like to reach out to me, go to the Let’s Connect page on my website, www.michaeldonohoe.com.
Keep moving and keep living!